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It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts

It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts

When we think about disease, we often wonder what has changed insideaffected cells. Yet, perhaps taking a look at the surrounding environment is just as important. In the case of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a disease marked by thickening of the

Next-Gen Robotics: Advancing Underwater Robotics

Next-Gen Robotics: Advancing Underwater Robotics

Roboticists have often found inspiration in the oldest innovator in the world, Mother Nature. Recently, scientists have been interested in a type of locomotion called phototaxis. Phototaxis is an organism’s response to light; it is the mechanism used by jellyfish

Carbon-Based Inks: A Novel Approach to New Technologies

Carbon-Based Inks: A Novel Approach to New Technologies

As large cell phone manufacturers race to create commercially viable and widely adopted folding phones, several major barriers exist, including cost and robust circuitry. Recently, carbon-based conductive inks have been suggested as an alternative for these applications, but either their

Q&A: Can Deep Learning Help Us Understand Flavor?

Q&A: Can Deep Learning Help Us Understand Flavor?

Deep learning is a hot topic, purposed for everything from self-driving cars and automatic translators to, recently, understanding flavor. Scientists at the University of Copenhagen (KU) used PARADISe, an open-source deep learning program, to demonstrate a new approach to analyzing

Curious Methods: Bright Life: Biofluorescence Provides a New Way to Search for Extraterrestrial Organisms

Curious Methods: Bright Life: Biofluorescence Provides a New Way to Search for Extraterrestrial Organisms

Does alien life exist? Previous efforts to search for extraterrestrial life have only yielded inconclusive answers. Recently, however, two astronomers at Cornell University pioneered a new method of detecting extraterrestrial life. Jack O’Malley-James, from the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and

Stubborn Salt Marshes: Nitrate Contamination Prevents Efficient CO2 Processing

Stubborn Salt Marshes: Nitrate Contamination Prevents Efficient CO2 Processing

Due to human activity, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, contributing to increased global temperatures, rising sea levels, and other devastating environmental consequences. Salt marshes, widely found in coastal regions, are known to reduce CO2 levels by

Slicing Cells with Light: New Microscopy Techniques Shed Light on Life’s Intricacy

Slicing Cells with Light: New Microscopy Techniques Shed Light on Life’s Intricacy

Life exists at various scales, some visible and others too small to see—microscopic. Humans are, on average, a meter and a half. Zoom into our bodies and you’ll see organs measurable with a ruler. Keep going and you’ll encounter cells,

Making New Lungs: An important development in tissue-engineering brings hope for better treatment of respiratory and vascular diseases

Making New Lungs: An important development in tissue-engineering brings hope for better treatment of respiratory and vascular diseases

Lungs are one of the most important organs in our bodies, responsible for an essential daily function–breathing. Those with lung disease or damage are often left in a precarious state. Many with severe lung disease rely on respirators or transplants,

Rocket Propellant as a Water Purifier: How A new innovation can mean a cleaner future

Rocket Propellant as a Water Purifier: How A new innovation can mean a cleaner future

A team of Yale researchers has recently developed a more efficient process of catalyzing hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), a compound used in medicine, chemical synthesis, and yes, rocket fuel. The team of researchers are using H2O2 as a safer water purification

Will it stick? Biodegradable nanoparticles developed by Yale scientists to revolutionize sunscreen

Will it stick? Biodegradable nanoparticles developed by Yale scientists to revolutionize sunscreen

Have you ever forgotten to apply sunscreen at the beach? The sting of red skin after a day in the sun is a not so subtle reminder of the damages of UV radiation. Traditional sunscreens may seem like the answer;