Brain Damage Before Birth: How Zika Causes Microcephaly

Brain Damage Before Birth: How Zika Causes Microcephaly

The biggest epidemic since Ebola has caused a sharp increase in cases of babies being born with abnormally small heads. At Yale, a team of researchers have uncovered the first breakthrough insights into a molecular understanding of how Zika virus causes microcephaly.

Packing for Mars

Packing for Mars

Mary Roach leads her readers on a journey through the psychological and physical trials of becoming an astronaut. Her book is an intimate and scandalous tell-all.

The Eternal Darkness

The Eternal Darkness

From our earliest days to our more recent Star Trek TNG marathons, the mysterious realm of outer space has held us earthlings in its thrall. However, it is not necessary to board a spaceship in order to access an unknown

Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein — Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein — Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe

Astrophysicist Mario Livio presents a new look at some of the biggest – and most fruitful – mistakes in the history of science.

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Black Holes

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Black Holes

You’ve heard of black holes. They’re massive, they’re dense, and they can be inescapable even at the speed of light. But did you know that they sing, glow and spit out their food? If not, read on!

Human Activity Boosts Brain Size in Animals

Human Activity Boosts Brain Size in Animals

A new study at the University of Minnesota suggests that human activity may be driving local mammals to develop bigger brains.

At Home in the Wilderness: Yenyen Chan (SY ’94, F&ES ’01)

At Home in the Wilderness: Yenyen Chan (SY ’94, F&ES ’01)

Despite the effects of climate change and urban development, National Parks have maintained their role as epicenters of environmental experience and education. Yenyen Chan, a graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, shares her story as a Yosemite park ranger.

Out of this World: Jan Kolmas TC ‘14

Out of this World: Jan Kolmas TC ‘14

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Yale senior Jan Kolmas, winner of the 2013 Caltech Space Challenge, pursues his interest in aerospace engineering with creativity and passion.

The Brink of Death: A New Perspective

The Brink of Death: A New Perspective

About one-fifth of patients who recover from cardiac arrest report having near-death experiences. Recently, researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered a possible scientific explanation for these experiences which could debunk theories involving the supernatural.

Mythbuster: The Truth about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Mythbuster: The Truth about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Contrary to popular belief, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not a floating island of trash, but a mass of small plastic pieces floating in the ocean. Still, it presents a significant risk to sea creatures and humans alike.