Fly Guts Reveal Rainforest Biodiversity

Through the analysis of DNA within fly guts, scientists can now indirectly assess the mammals that live in a given area. This new method of rainforest monitoring reduces time, resources, and labor necessary to understand this key biodiversity.

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A Whole New World: Scientists discover abundant viruses living under the sea

Only in the past decade have scientists begun exploring the rich underwater world of marine viruses, but they are quickly realizing how diverse and abundant these saltwater microbes really are. Recent findings show that ocean ecosystems are dependent on viruses, while optimistic experts are considering the possibility of using viruses to solve agricultural problems and to treat human diseases.

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The Impact of Sequestration on the Future of Science Research

As federal agencies endure budget cuts from the March sequestration, funding shortages are taking an early toll on medical research. Scientists who rely on federal research grants are finding it more difficult to continue their research at the quality and efficiency of previous years.

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Shattering discovery may prevent glass from shattering: Optimizing microstructures in materials may enable more durable infrastructure

Yale researchers, Professor Jan Schroers and Dr. Baran Sarac, have developed a process called “artificial microstructures” to link the structure of a material with the properties. The technique can be applied to optimize and enhance the qualities of everyday materials, such as glass, metals, and polymers, opening the door to the materials of the future.

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