How Does Sugar Affect Caffeine?

How Does Sugar Affect Caffeine?

Illustration courtesy of Anmei Little. Most undergraduates love the sleep-fighting powers of coffee. For those of us who can’t take it black, sugar is a must. However, recent research from Ilan Shumilin, Christoph Allolio, and Daniel Harries at the Hebrew

Science in the Spotlight: The Story Collider

Science in the Spotlight: The Story Collider

Image courtesy of Yale News. In a not-so-unusual scene at Benjamin Franklin College, whose dining hall often seats professors from nearby Science Hill, I meet three scientists over lunch. Not once do I see their faces. Instead, their identities unravel

Printing Skin: Generating Multilayered Vascularized Human Skin Grafts

Printing Skin: Generating Multilayered Vascularized Human Skin Grafts

Illustration courtesy of Mila Colizza. Biological tissue is extraordinarily complex and diverse. Human skin, for example, guards the muscles, bones, and internal organs, protects the body from pathogens, and prevents water loss. Furthermore, skin is composed of a variety of

How Sun Damage Really Causes Cancer: The effect of UV radiation on cancer-causing DNA mutations

How Sun Damage Really Causes Cancer: The effect of UV radiation on cancer-causing DNA mutations

Illustration by Anasthasia Shilov. Cancer has been one of the hottest topics in biomedical research in the past decades. In lieu of a cure, researchers have been looking for ways to treat or prevent it. Whilst cancers can occur due

An Unsung Hero: How the Enteric Nervous System Fights Infection

An Unsung Hero: How the Enteric Nervous System Fights Infection

Illustration by Anasthasia Shilov. When we think about infection, we think about microscopic drama: the immune system as the sole guardians of our bodies; white blood cells as staunch defenders against pathogenic invaders. However, while B cells hunt for antigen-presenting

A Protein Biography: 30 Years of Evolutionary Genetics Research

A Protein Biography: 30 Years of Evolutionary Genetics Research

Illustration courtesy of Anmei Little. In the era of high-resolution imaging and advanced computer modeling, scientists can see a protein’s composition in great detail and gain extensive information about its properties and function. However, these images are only transient snapshots

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,”