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Reconstructing Past Bird Migration Helps Us Plan for Earth’s Climate Future

Reconstructing Past Bird Migration Helps Us Plan for Earth’s Climate Future

Image courtesy of Menke Dave, USFWS. Yale post-doctoral researcher Marius Somveille studies how bird migration patterns interact with Earth’s climate over time. Together with Walter Jetz, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Somveille recently published results from a model reconstruction

Infinite Healing: A new method to study regeneration in axolotls

Infinite Healing: A new method to study regeneration in axolotls

Image courtesy of www.bigalspets.com. With their feathery gills and large mouths, axolotls may look like aliens from another planet. But underneath their wacky appearance may be the key to future wound healing therapeutics. Known as biology’s favorite amphibian, axolotls have

Automated Alzheimer’s Predictions Using CT Image Segmentation

Automated Alzheimer’s Predictions Using CT Image Segmentation

Image courtesy of www.pickpik.com. Attempting to peer inside the brain to diagnose neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is complicated, requiring expensive equipment and expert analysis. Early detection of Alzheimer’s provides a range of benefits, including better treatment options

Mind Over Matter: Fighting Pain with Mindful Acceptance

Mind Over Matter: Fighting Pain with Mindful Acceptance

Image courtesy of www.pxhere.com. Many of us struggle to deal with negative emotions. Recently, a team of researchers at Yale, Columbia and Dartmouth led by Hedy Kober, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Yale, investigated the potential of mindful

There’s Something in the Air: Deploying protein nanowires to generate electricity from ambient humidity

There’s Something in the Air: Deploying protein nanowires to generate electricity from ambient humidity

Image courtesy of Ella Maru Studio. The age of fossil fuels is nearing its end. But as the earth’s coal, oil, and natural gas reserves are being drained, there are many working to lay the foundation for the future of

Cytokines and Psychosis: The significance of the prenatal period in the development of psychotic disorders

Cytokines and Psychosis: The significance of the prenatal period in the development of psychotic disorders

Image courtesy of NeurAventura. The prenatal period is an incredibly sensitive time for fetal brain development. While we know that smoking and drinking during pregnancy can negatively impact the fetus, a new study published in Lancet Psychiatry in February of

Graphene from Garbage

Graphene from Garbage

Image courtesy of AlexanderAIUS. In 2004, with tape and a lump of graphite, researchers discovered graphene—a two-dimensional hexagonal lattice of carbon atoms with many industrial applications. Graphene-strengthened cement is lighter and stronger than ordinary cement. Graphene-added batteries have longer battery

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,