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Q&A: What makes the World Cup soccer ball special?

Q&A: What makes the World Cup soccer ball special?

The new soccer ball by Adidas made a splash at this year’s World Cup in Brazil. Its sleek, 6-paneled design and specially-crafted surface give it predictable aerodynamic movement that was widely praised by the players.

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A Smarter Way to Track Nutrition

A Smarter Way to Track Nutrition

Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have recently discovered a way to find out in only one minute if you’ve been eating your fruits and vegetables. You might want to think again before sugarcoating your diet to your doctor next time.

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Deadly Euphoria

Deadly Euphoria

For opioid addicts, it’s all too tempting to give the drug one more try. A heroin euphoria—temporary warmth, dulled senses, painlessness—slips away after 10 or 15 minutes, abandoning the addict to several days of withdrawal symptoms that could fade with the easy pleasure of one more dose.

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Finding Equilibrium: Welcoming Women into Yale’s Scientific Community

Finding Equilibrium: Welcoming Women into Yale’s Scientific Community

Female scientists at Yale have been pushing tirelessly for decades to promote the integration of women into Yale’s scientific community. Advocates from undergrads to long-term faculty members to administrators are working to overcome the remaining obstacles.

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Protecting the Nonhuman from the Inhumane: Personhood and Chimpanzees

Protecting the Nonhuman from the Inhumane: Personhood and Chimpanzees

Recently, the Nonhuman Rights Project fought for legal personhood for a 26 year-old chimpanzee named Tommy. The case relates to current research on primate genetics, cognition, and emotion.

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Strata Rethinks the Barcode

Strata Rethinks the Barcode

Yale Professor Wenjun Hu is working to develop Strata, a method for encoding barcodes much like QR codes, but with greater flexibility for observers without ideal viewing conditions.

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Christine Cunningham (YC ’91): Inspiring Creativity through Education

Christine Cunningham (YC ’91): Inspiring Creativity through Education

Ignoring discouragement, Christine Cunningham (YC ’91) moved on from being a biology major to a life in science education. Through her brainchild Engineering is Elementary, she has shown the world the power of teaching engineering to elementary students.

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Book Review: Superintelligence — Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Book Review: Superintelligence — Paths, Dangers, Strategies

As computers become more powerful, many scientists believe they will eventually outsmart humans. Nick Bostrom’s new book, Superintelligence, looks at the dangers inherent in creating ever-brainier machines, and at how we might survive them.

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Superior Brains: Who’s to say that we’re the best?

Superior Brains: Who’s to say that we’re the best?

Are we still the smartest? Study by scientists indicates that perhaps chimpanzees may surpass humans in some aspects.

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Michele Dufault Endowment Fund Established to Support Women in Science

Michele Dufault Endowment Fund Established to Support Women in Science

Yale has established the Michele Dufault Endowment fund to support women’s participation in the science, in honor of the Yale Physics and Astronomy senior who passed away in 2011.

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