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It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts

It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts

When we think about disease, we often wonder what has changed insideaffected cells. Yet, perhaps taking a look at the surrounding environment is just as important. In the case of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a disease marked by thickening of the

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Next-Gen Robotics: Advancing Underwater Robotics

Next-Gen Robotics: Advancing Underwater Robotics

Roboticists have often found inspiration in the oldest innovator in the world, Mother Nature. Recently, scientists have been interested in a type of locomotion called phototaxis. Phototaxis is an organism’s response to light; it is the mechanism used by jellyfish

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Carbon-Based Inks: A Novel Approach to New Technologies

Carbon-Based Inks: A Novel Approach to New Technologies

As large cell phone manufacturers race to create commercially viable and widely adopted folding phones, several major barriers exist, including cost and robust circuitry. Recently, carbon-based conductive inks have been suggested as an alternative for these applications, but either their

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No Filter: Microfluidics Makes Desalination Membrane-Free

No Filter: Microfluidics Makes Desalination Membrane-Free

Seven billion people share one percent of Earth’s water. What’s more worrisome: our demand for freshwater increases every day. Advances in desalination have promised access to the oceans’ vast supply, but the majority of desalination facilities burn fossil fuels and

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Q&A: Can Deep Learning Help Us Understand Flavor?

Q&A: Can Deep Learning Help Us Understand Flavor?

Deep learning is a hot topic, purposed for everything from self-driving cars and automatic translators to, recently, understanding flavor. Scientists at the University of Copenhagen (KU) used PARADISe, an open-source deep learning program, to demonstrate a new approach to analyzing

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Undergraduate Profile: Valerie Chen (MY ‘20)

Undergraduate Profile: Valerie Chen (MY ‘20)

Valerie Chen (MY ’20) is no ordinary computer scientist. Motivated by the applications and impact of technology, as well as the difficult questions surrounding building intelligent systems, Chen has conducted research on these fronts, collecting prestigious awards from the White

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Two Birds, One Photon: Materials that could revolutionize solar power

Two Birds, One Photon: Materials that could revolutionize solar power

Solar panels have become a common fixture of clean, renewable technology, providing energy from the sunlight rather than fossil fuels. These panels are covered in solar cells, which are made of semiconductormaterials that electrons can move through with relative ease.

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Making New Lungs: An important development in tissue-engineering brings hope for better treatment of respiratory and vascular diseases

Making New Lungs: An important development in tissue-engineering brings hope for better treatment of respiratory and vascular diseases

Lungs are one of the most important organs in our bodies, responsible for an essential daily function–breathing. Those with lung disease or damage are often left in a precarious state. Many with severe lung disease rely on respirators or transplants,

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Rocket Propellant as a Water Purifier: How A new innovation can mean a cleaner future

Rocket Propellant as a Water Purifier: How A new innovation can mean a cleaner future

A team of Yale researchers has recently developed a more efficient process of catalyzing hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), a compound used in medicine, chemical synthesis, and yes, rocket fuel. The team of researchers are using H2O2 as a safer water purification

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Will it stick? Biodegradable nanoparticles developed by Yale scientists to revolutionize sunscreen

Will it stick? Biodegradable nanoparticles developed by Yale scientists to revolutionize sunscreen

Have you ever forgotten to apply sunscreen at the beach? The sting of red skin after a day in the sun is a not so subtle reminder of the damages of UV radiation. Traditional sunscreens may seem like the answer;

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