Overcoming Friction with Nanoparticles

Overcoming Friction with Nanoparticles

🕔21:18, 25.Apr 2014

Imagine a miniature drone that fits on your fingertip, complete with a built-in camera and microphone. The possibilities are endless: it could serve the military for espionage or help Yalies scope out potential screw dates. To power such a drone,

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Death by Lightning: To Some Countries, More Than Just a Shock

Death by Lightning: To Some Countries, More Than Just a Shock

🕔21:09, 25.Apr 2014

Johannesburg, South Africa: lightning strikes a 9-year-old brother and his sister who had gone out to play. The boy dies in transit to the hospital; the toddler girl is blinded. The same storm destroyed six houses and damaged another 36.

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Jack Frost’s Invisible Hand: The Surprising Effects of Cold on the Human Body

Jack Frost’s Invisible Hand: The Surprising Effects of Cold on the Human Body

🕔21:03, 25.Apr 2014

This year, the cold has been much more than a mere nuisance, given the early-January polar vortex that affected many Americans.  When temperatures drop, the shivers, the goosebumps, and the numb fingers are all too apparent. But looking deeper, there

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Q&A: What causes differences between identical twins?

Q&A: What causes differences between identical twins?

🕔20:59, 25.Apr 2014

Identical twins share exactly the same genome, and are usually raised under the same conditions during the early parts of their lives. Thus, it is not surprising that identical twins share strikingly similar physical features. However, twins often find themselves

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Chew, Gulp, Push

Chew, Gulp, Push

🕔23:56, 18.Apr 2014

We gulp dozens of times each day. We swallow our food and we swallow our beverages, unaware of the evolutionary wonder that is the alimentary canal. Mary Roach, author of the best-seller Stiff, dives into the human digestive tract in

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From the Editor: Science and the Individual

From the Editor: Science and the Individual

🕔13:48, 14.Apr 2014

Every now and then, we come across scientific discoveries that earn a collective double-take from humanity. The first man on the moon; the discovery of the Higgs Boson; the earliest, shadowy X-ray images of DNA’s double helix. Breakthroughs like these

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Overcoming Friction with Nanoparticles

Overcoming Friction with Nanoparticles

🕔11:18, 14.Apr 2014

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Udo Schwarz collaborated with two German universities on a discovery that friction has different properties at an atomic level. His work opens gateways to engineering super low-friction surfaces.

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Form, Function, and Temperature: Advances in Computer-Aided Enzyme Design

Form, Function, and Temperature: Advances in Computer-Aided Enzyme Design

🕔22:23, 13.Apr 2014

Enzymes are indispensible for life, and, increasingly, for medicine and industry. Now, researchers have succeeded in designing enzymes tailored to work at specific temperatures.

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Light and Truth: Photon Control for Quantum Computing

Light and Truth: Photon Control for Quantum Computing

🕔22:14, 13.Apr 2014

Yale physicists have harvested and controlled light photons to serve as storage bits for quantum information.

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A Personalized Treatment for Cancer: Unlocking the Potential for a Cure

A Personalized Treatment for Cancer: Unlocking the Potential for a Cure

🕔22:05, 13.Apr 2014

Dr. Murat Gunel and colleagues at the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital used advanced genetic technology to map out an 18-month-old girl’s genetic sequence, diagnose her with a rare liver cancer, and provide a cure that opens the door to treating cancer through the use of personalized medicine.

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