A Decade of Weekend Science: The 10th anniversary of Science on Saturdays

A Decade of Weekend Science: The 10th anniversary of Science on Saturdays

March marked the 10th anniversary of a Yale program that exposes young students to science. For the past decade, Science on Saturdays has featured exciting demos and renowned science experts as guest speakers.

From the Editor: Issue 88.3 “How to Hibernate”

From the Editor: Issue 88.3 “How to Hibernate”

Earlier this year, a photo of a Roman Originals dress was posted on Tumblr. Some looked at the picture and saw a garment of white and gold. Others swore that the dress was black and blue. The controversy quickly inspired

Unraveling the Mysteries of Genetic Evolution: How promoter mutations may factor in

Unraveling the Mysteries of Genetic Evolution: How promoter mutations may factor in

Evolution as we know it is driven by mutations in genes. But researchers at Yale were curious about what surrounds a gene. That is, how does a whole gene network evolve?

Salmonella enterica Forego the Flagella: Yale researchers find new moves in bacterial choreography

Salmonella enterica Forego the Flagella: Yale researchers find new moves in bacterial choreography

New Yale research reveals how Salmonella bacteria move when flagella are of no use, adding dimensions to our understanding of bacterial choreography.

How Stars Form: Collaborative research studies stars from their early days

How Stars Form: Collaborative research studies stars from their early days

The youngest star system ever observed has given astronomers an ideal opportunity to study star formation from the early days.

The Brains Behind Building a Brain

The Brains Behind Building a Brain

The nervous system is built on a tight schedule. Scientists investigated this neurological clock in zebrafish, bringing us closer to a complete picture of brain development.

How to Hibernate: The neuron’s secret to staying warm in the cold

How to Hibernate: The neuron’s secret to staying warm in the cold

Through months of a squirrel’s cold slumber, neurons generate their own heat to keep functioning. Our cover story explains this feat of the nervous system and explores what it might mean for humans.

Diagnosis at Your Fingertips: Using smartphones to screen for syphilis and HIV

Diagnosis at Your Fingertips: Using smartphones to screen for syphilis and HIV

Biomedical researchers at Columbia University have developed a convenient, easy-to-use, and relatively inexpensive smartphone attachment that could revolutionize HIV and syphilis detection for previously unscreened populations.

Paper vs. Plastic: The science behind the national shopping controversy

Paper vs. Plastic: The science behind the national shopping controversy

While the country debates which kind of bag is safest for the environment — paper, or plastic — a more holistic and quantitative technique can help inform policy decisions.

The Evolution of the Violin’s Sound

The Evolution of the Violin’s Sound

A study conducted by mechanical engineers at MIT probes for answers at the intersection of music and science: what features optimize a violin’s sound? The researchers go further than scientific analysis, suggesting that changes to violinmaking occurred through a process similar to evolution.