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Posts From Jessica Hahne

Restricting the Robotic Arms Race

Restricting the Robotic Arms Race

Robotic warfare is evolving quickly, and it may not be long before robots can kill without humans giving the go-ahead. Wendell Wallach, a lecturer at Yale’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, is lobbying to ban killer robots before they can be deployed.

From the Editor: 87.1 Interfaces of Investigation

From the Editor: 87.1 Interfaces of Investigation

2013 has been an exciting year for the Yale Scientific. As our year-in-review spread on page 12 of this issue can attest, every corner of Yale’s campus has been stirring with scientific discoveries, from advancements in drug therapy to astronomical

From the Editor: 86.4 Frontiers of Exploration

From the Editor: 86.4 Frontiers of Exploration

Exploration is without scope. It can encompass sparks of revolutionary invention or revealing reexaminations of known fact. It can take us soaring up through clouds and stars or deep down into the darkest depths of the ocean. It can be

From the Editor: 86.3 The Human Population Explosion

From the Editor: 86.3 The Human Population Explosion

Population is measured by statistics, marked by numbers. Demographics can be plotted on number-based pyramids, and growth can be charted on line graphs tracing births and deaths over time. On the World Census website, you can obtain an up-to-date estimate

From the Editor: 86.2 Limits and Breakthroughs

From the Editor: 86.2 Limits and Breakthroughs

Existence is defined by limits. The limits of survival, of communication, even of scientific thinking — these are the boundaries that shape human understanding of life. Our minds seem tailored toward the finite, yet ever more inclined toward the infinite.

Vaccination Decisions: Selfish, Selfless, or Both? Marketing to Mixed Motives

Vaccination Decisions: Selfish, Selfless, or Both? Marketing to Mixed Motives

Most medical decisions appear to be autonomous events affecting only the health of individuals seeking treatment. However, in the context of public health, popular perception influences individual decisions, which in turn determine the health of populations. Isolation yields to interconnectedness.

Science and Religion: Reality’s Toolkit

Science and Religion: Reality’s Toolkit

Dr. Nihal de Lanerolle, a neurosurgeon at Yale Medical School and Chaplain of the Episcopal Church at Yale, offers a perspective in which science and religion can work together.

The Mozart Effect: Not so Noteworthy?

The Mozart Effect: Not so Noteworthy?

Since 1993, the “Mozart effect,” which holds that listening to classical music increases intelligence, has become popular around the world, but it faces significant controversy in the scientific community.

Does Greasy Food Cause Acne?

Does Greasy Food Cause Acne?

Does the old saying “you are what you eat” prove true for greasy foods and acne?