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Aliens Stink… Literally

Aliens Stink… Literally

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Aliens stink—or, at least, there is a strong chance they do. Researchers in Sara Seager’s lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been looking into biosignature gases––volatile substances produced by life––as a potential

How Mammalian Vision Develops: A Potential Key to Understanding Brain Development

How Mammalian Vision Develops: A Potential Key to Understanding Brain Development

The visual system, as it turns out, may be the key to understanding brain development. Recently, a group of researchers in the Crair lab at Yale have utilized new research techniques, including wide-field calcium imaging allowing for comparison between multiple

Undergraduate Profile: Valerie Chen (MY ‘20)

Undergraduate Profile: Valerie Chen (MY ‘20)

Valerie Chen (MY ’20) is no ordinary computer scientist. Motivated by the applications and impact of technology, as well as the difficult questions surrounding building intelligent systems, Chen has conducted research on these fronts, collecting prestigious awards from the White

Listening to Cells

Listening to Cells

Cells hold key information for understanding the human body, particularly for diseases associated with cell development. For many years, researchers have struggled to measure cell mechanics without destroying the cell. Most methodologies require squeezing the cell and watching it deform.

Alumni Profile: Christina Agapakis (YC ’06)

Alumni Profile: Christina Agapakis (YC ’06)

Bridging Biology and Art Being different has always been the norm for Christina Agapakis (YC ’06). After receiving her PhD in biological and biomedical sciences from Harvard University in 2011, she became the creative director in 2015 for Ginkgo Bioworks,

Hippopotami as Engineers

Hippopotami as Engineers

Hippos may not be able to do math or solve complicated physics equations, but it turns out that they play a major role as engineers in the environment.  A joint team of researchers from Yale University and the Cary Institute

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