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The Ribosome is a Ribozyme: A Look Into the Work of Nobel Prize Winner Thomas Steitz

Professor Thomas Steitz shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for “studies of the structure and function of the ribosome.” By using familiar X-ray crystallography techniques in a novel fashion, Steitz was able build a model of the ribosome at the atomic scale.

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Book Review: “Banana” Slips Up

In his new book, Dan Koeppel estab­lishes his goal of saving “the banana that is dying” through an analysis of the fruit’s history mixed with a discussion of it current problems, along with possible solutions for its future.

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Undergraduate Profiles: Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Sameer Gupta and James Luccarelli, the two motivated and talented Yale seniors who received the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in 2009.

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Should You Bet On It? The Mathematics of Gambling

Three basic principles underlie casino games: definite prob­abilities, expected value, and volatility index. Understanding these concepts elucidates how these games work and how wold champions beat their competition.

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Everyday Q&A: How does Velcro work?

Like many inventions, Velcro was inspired by nature. During a hunting trip in 1941, Swiss engineer George de Mestral noticed that burrs of burdock plants kept sticking to his clothes and his dog’s fur.

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Everyday Q&A: What causes rigor mortis?

Rigor mortis, the stiffening of a body several hours after death, arises from a combination of two of the oldest definitions of death – cessation of the heartbeat and cessation of breathing.

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Prosopagnosia – Whose Face is It?

Prosopagnosia is a selective and often severe deficit in the ability to recognize others’ faces. People suffering from the disorder are often unable to recognize their friends and family members by face alone.

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The Rice Atlas

Oryza sativa, more commonly known as rice, has served as a model organism for biological research regarding molecular genetics, and the Rice Atlas, a database of gene activity in 60 different rice cells types has now become available,

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Keepon: The Dancing Robot

The yellow robot Keepon, which became an Internet sensation in 2007, was developed by Hideki Kozima and Marek Michalowski to study the development of social intelligence in young children.

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