A New Excuse for Playing Video Games?

A New Excuse for Playing Video Games?

Imagine if video games were a key to improving learning. Yale psychiatry professor Bruce Wexler believes they are. A study found that a video game-based learning regimen improved the test performance of 583 schoolchildren compared to both those without the

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Organic Solar Cells Reach New Heights in Efficiency

Organic Solar Cells Reach New Heights in Efficiency

The old “solar cell” revolution has come to a halt. The types of solar cells that are now widespread were commercialized more than fifty years ago. Despite scientific improvements and increased attention to solar energy, the cost of conventional solar

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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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Piecing Together the Protein Repacking Puzzle

Piecing Together the Protein Repacking Puzzle

Proteins play an important role in all life processes. From catalyzing reactions to protecting our body to supporting cell structure, proteins have a wide variety of functions based on each specific protein’s structure. Naturally-occurring proteins are perfectly evolved for their

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Shrinking Enzymes

Shrinking Enzymes

The Miller laboratory of Yale’s Department of Chemistry recently made a discovery in peptide catalysis that could change how we think about enzymes.

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Breathe Easy

Breathe Easy

Wouldn’t it be nice if killing lung cancer cells was as easy as flipping a switch? As it turns out, effectively targeting these cells is more like a dimmer rather than a switch, but it can be done, according to

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The Gruber Cosmology Conference at Yale

The Gruber Cosmology Conference at Yale

The third annual Gruber Cosmology Conference took place at Yale on October 7th, honoring discoveries advancing our understanding of the universe. This year’s Gruber Prize recipients were Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Ronald Drever, the leading scientists on the LIGO

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The Flu Season Cravings Paradox

The Flu Season Cravings Paradox

As winter settles in, perhaps the only seasonal “foods” more iconic than hot chocolate and s’mores are cough drops and tea. Why do some people want to weather colds holding steaming bowls of comforting soup, while others suffer queasy stomachs

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PITCH In Full Swing

PITCH In Full Swing

What can a biologist do with ten million dollars?  Find new therapies for cancer?  Treat inflammatory illnesses?  Fight infectious diseases? Established in 2015, the Program in Innovative Therapeutics for Connecticut’s Health (PITCH) is working to accomplish all of these goals. 

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Replaying the Tape of Cancer Development

Replaying the Tape of Cancer Development

Sometimes, when scientists apply the knowledge and methods of one discipline to another, surprising and novel discoveries can manifest. Questions such as “How did each case of cancer come to be?” may benefit from an additional perspective, complementing that of

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