There’s a new reason to say ‘cheers’ to the microbe. For the first time, scientists have experimentally determined that the yeast S. cerevisiae has a significant influence on regional variations in wine flavor and smell.
Although humans never evolved the necessary mechanisms to glow themselves, some bioluminescent species can in fact emit their own light. The trick? A specific type chemical reaction, which happens to have many practical applications.
While the country debates which kind of bag is safest for the environment — paper, or plastic — a more holistic and quantitative technique can help inform policy decisions.
A new documentary series from National Geographic and Passion Planet attempts to inspire a deeper affinity between viewers and wildlife, but is beset by contrived drama.
In 2010, a government release reported that one third of the oil dumped into the Gulf of Mexico in the famous BP spill was unaccounted for. Where do we look for these missing gallons?
Through both observational and genetic methods, Teresa Feo in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology has determined that two populations of Bahama hummingbirds, previously believed to belong to the same species, are actually two distinct species.
Sleep has previously been shown to consolidate memory and learning. Researchers have observed the same phenomenon in honey bees, and the necessity for sleep is especially apparent in social creatures.
Link Germinates Between Agriculture, Ancient Civilizations and Climate: Carbon-Dating Ancient Barley to Understand Drought-Stress Variability
For the first time, a team of scientists has directly linked archaeological sites with local climate fluctuations. To reveal patterns in drought stress, they employed stable isotope dating on individual barley grains – some of which were over 10,000 years old.
A Yale professor is one of a growing number of scientists studying the science of swarms. These researchers hope that by understanding how animals swarm, they can inform such far flung disciplines as robotics, computer design, and physics.
A recent Yale-led study illustrated that soil critters play a huge role in ecosystem structure and dynamics, which has important implications for agricultural and land use management.