What Makes Us Generous? The Neuroscientist’s Take

What Makes Us Generous? The Neuroscientist’s Take

Neuroscientists, curious about what generosity looks like in the brain, tell a story of how emotional processing and mirror neurons might encourage social behavior.

The Flow of Flavor: How Exhaling While Eating Affects Smell and Taste

The Flow of Flavor: How Exhaling While Eating Affects Smell and Taste

While eating and drinking, we can only taste and smell our food when we exhale. A collaboration between Yale School of Medicine’s Shepherd Laboratory, the Mechanical Engineering faculty, and the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design reveals the physiological phenomenon behind this.

Sunscreen That Blocks More Than Sun: How a Small-But-Mighty Nanoparticle is Revolutionizing Sun Protection

Sunscreen That Blocks More Than Sun: How a Small-But-Mighty Nanoparticle is Revolutionizing Sun Protection

Think you’re beach ready? Read this first! Yale researchers have developed a new sunblock formula which, unlike typical sunblock, does not sink into the skin and alter DNA.

Is Time Running Out? Scientists Rethink the Idea of Mass Extinction

Is Time Running Out? Scientists Rethink the Idea of Mass Extinction

Are we living in a sixth mass extinction? Maybe not. But we might be able to define modern ecological crises by looking at fossil records and how rare species are today, according to researchers at Yale, Vanderbilt, and the Smithsonian Institution.

To Immunity and Beyond: Recruiting the Heroic Hormone that Rescues Aging Immune Systems

To Immunity and Beyond: Recruiting the Heroic Hormone that Rescues Aging Immune Systems

A recent study led by Yale researchers indicates that the hormone FGF21 may help protect against the collapse of the immune system with age by preventing the degradation of the thymus. This discovery may offer a promising treatment for improving immunity in the elderly, as well as for helping cancer patients following bone marrow transplants.

Sniffing Out Alzheimer’s: Olfaction as a Diagnostic and Research Tool

Sniffing Out Alzheimer’s: Olfaction as a Diagnostic and Research Tool

The sense of smell has often provided us valuable insights into disease progression and treatments. Now, a recent study has shown that changes in the smell of one’s urine can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Battling Cancer with Our Body’s Own Trojan Horse: The Exosome

Battling Cancer with Our Body’s Own Trojan Horse: The Exosome

You may have never heard of the anti-cancer drug paclitaxel, but it is indispensable to our modern healthcare system. It sits on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, and its annual sales surpassed one billion dollars in 2000.

Q&A: Seasons Turned Upside Down, What is the El Niño Effect?

Q&A: Seasons Turned Upside Down, What is the El Niño Effect?

If you are celebrating the warmer temperatures and uncharacteristic winters, thank El Niño. If you’re complaining about the cancellation of your skiing and snow tubing trips, blame El Niño. The force behind the odd weather, El Niño is an aberration

Going Green: Giant Icebergs Cause Phytoplankton Blooms

Going Green: Giant Icebergs Cause Phytoplankton Blooms

Despite their rarity, giant icebergs in the Southern Ocean significantly contribute to the reduction of atmospheric carbon by stimulating phytoplankton blooms.

A Sticky Idea: Yale Researchers Investigate New Models of Adhesives

A Sticky Idea: Yale Researchers Investigate New Models of Adhesives

Sticky materials may already hold our lives together, but a new breakthrough in our understanding of how things stick together could transform our understanding of some biological processes like organ growth and cancer metastasis.