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Trying De Novo: A quest to understand Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Trying De Novo: A quest to understand Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. The medications prescribed for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a debilitating neuropsychiatric affliction, have not changed significantly in many years. Thomas Fernandez of Yale’s Department of Psychiatry and Child Study Center attributes this lack of innovation to

Understanding Phylogeny Uncertainty in the Mammal Tree of Life

Understanding Phylogeny Uncertainty in the Mammal Tree of Life

Image courtesy of Tree of Life, from The Evolution of Man, Ernst Haeckel, 1879. Professor Walter Jetz’s biology lab at Yale University studies trees of evolutionary heritage known as phylogenies, as part of a project to reconstruct the tree of

An Aerial-Aquatic Vehicle Thanks to Honeybees

An Aerial-Aquatic Vehicle Thanks to Honeybees

Image courtesy of Needpix. Can a honeybee swim? In a recent paper, California Institute of Technology research engineer Chris Roh and professor Morteza Gharib found that honeybees transform their wings into “hydrofoils” after falling into water. Though optimized for flight,

BMI and the Brain: A Hypothalamic Connection

BMI and the Brain: A Hypothalamic Connection

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Whether it is pizza or steak, pudding or cake, the taste, smell, and even the idea of something we love eating can unleash an intoxicating rush of pleasure. Some might compare it to a “high,”

Reverse Osmosis to Reverse Climate Change

Reverse Osmosis to Reverse Climate Change

Image courtesy of Florida Water Daily/Flickr. Amidst today’s climate crisis and turmoil, there have been many pushes for sustainable practices and renewable energy. Industrial development has led to increased transformation of freshwater into industrial wastewaters, calling for more sustainable practices,

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