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Modeling Mars: Life-Supporting Earthquakes?

Modeling Mars: Life-Supporting Earthquakes?

There’s a new hypothesis on the block related to the possibility of life on Mars. Research conducted by Dr. Sean McMahon, of the Yale Geology and Geophysics department, in collaboration with Dr. John Parnell and Dr. Nigel Blamey, looks into

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A Rocky Road to the Past: Scientists Discover Trends in Long-Term Climate Change

A Rocky Road to the Past: Scientists Discover Trends in Long-Term Climate Change

Using new analytics to understand tiny mineral crystals, a Yale G&G team has discovered evidence for the effect of volcanic activities on global climate. Because the zircon crystals that were investigated have a particularly long lifetime, this innovative technique carries potential for the future of climate change research.

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Perplexing Fossils and Peculiar Forms: Mapping the Tully Monster onto the Tree of Life

Perplexing Fossils and Peculiar Forms: Mapping the Tully Monster onto the Tree of Life

Researchers from Yale University and other institutions, headed by Dr. Victoria McCoy, have unearthed the origins of the Tully Monster, a Carboniferous creature with highly unusual morphology.

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Dkk-1: A New Target for Inflammatory Disease Therapy?

Dkk-1: A New Target for Inflammatory Disease Therapy?

Have you ever thought about how the human body manages to protect itself from the myriad diseases and infections that could attack its cells at any given moment? The key player in this defense is the immune system, which is

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Adolescent Crisis, Stable Maturity: The Life Story of Earth’s Magnetic Field

Adolescent Crisis, Stable Maturity: The Life Story of Earth’s Magnetic Field

Most of us are familiar with the Earth’s magnetic field as the invisible force directing our compasses to the north. But if you took a time machine back 800,000 years and followed the red needle, your compass would send you

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Small Ponds, Large Emissions

Small Ponds, Large Emissions

During mid-February, a warm breeze rushes by instead of an expected snow flurry. It should be no surprise that human activities – such as the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation – are partially to blame for increasingly warm temperatures.

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Finding Air Quality for Quality Air

Finding Air Quality for Quality Air

Despite the large variability of air quality throughout a city, most cities can only collect air quality data from a couple of sites, leading to a misrepresentation of air quality. A team of undergraduates led by Yale professor Drew Gentner

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How Do We Value Nature? Market Breakdowns and Technological Bridges

How Do We Value Nature? Market Breakdowns and Technological Bridges

In the wake of international commitments to a greener future at COP21, debates are raging across the globe over what environmentalism is worth to a population. Accurate economic quantifications are crucial to informed decisions, and researchers are responding to the call for a new methodology of valuing natural assets.

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The SEARCH for Better Air Quality Controls: New center revolutionizes approach to climate problems

The SEARCH for Better Air Quality Controls: New center revolutionizes approach to climate problems

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently granted Michelle Bell, Yale professor of environmental health, ten million dollars to fund the creation and operation of a climate change center. The new research hub, known as the SEARCH (Solutions for Energy, AiR,

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Is Time Running Out? Scientists Rethink the Idea of Mass Extinction

Is Time Running Out? Scientists Rethink the Idea of Mass Extinction

Are we living in a sixth mass extinction? Maybe not. But we might be able to define modern ecological crises by looking at fossil records and how rare species are today, according to researchers at Yale, Vanderbilt, and the Smithsonian Institution.

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