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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,”

Reverse Osmosis to Reverse Climate Change

Reverse Osmosis to Reverse Climate Change

Image courtesy of Florida Water Daily/Flickr. Amidst today’s climate crisis and turmoil, there have been many pushes for sustainable practices and renewable energy. Industrial development has led to increased transformation of freshwater into industrial wastewaters, calling for more sustainable practices,

Aliens Stink… Literally

Aliens Stink… Literally

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Aliens stink—or, at least, there is a strong chance they do. Researchers in Sara Seager’s lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been looking into biosignature gases––volatile substances produced by life––as a potential

Blasting Off: Researchers Discover a Pressure Sensor in Rice Blast Fungus

Blasting Off: Researchers Discover a Pressure Sensor in Rice Blast Fungus

One of the most devastating diseases for rice farmers today is the rice blast disease, which creates a yield loss of approximately ten to thirty percent each year—enough rice crops to feed about sixty million people.  This disease, caused by

A Fetal Blueprint: Scientists Develop New Way to Study Fetal Development

A Fetal Blueprint: Scientists Develop New Way to Study Fetal Development

Our understanding of development has been primarily derived from animal studies.  Until recently, how our immune system develops have been largely unknown. However, this question is important to solve, as understanding human development has important implications in understanding childhood diseases,

Drug Addiction and Mood Disorders: The Effect of Cholinergic Receptor Blockade on Relapse and Anxiety

Drug Addiction and Mood Disorders: The Effect of Cholinergic Receptor Blockade on Relapse and Anxiety

To explain what we take for granted, that is one of the fundamental tenets of science. One such experience that is often accepted as true is the association between drug relapse and the prevalence of mood disorders. Dr. Nii Addy,

How Mammalian Vision Develops: A Potential Key to Understanding Brain Development

How Mammalian Vision Develops: A Potential Key to Understanding Brain Development

The visual system, as it turns out, may be the key to understanding brain development. Recently, a group of researchers in the Crair lab at Yale have utilized new research techniques, including wide-field calcium imaging allowing for comparison between multiple