How Old Are Cockroaches?

How Old Are Cockroaches?

Way older than we had previously thought! Fossil records previously estimated that cockroaches had appeared about 140 million years ago, after the supercontinent Pangaea split. Now, a team led by Thomas Bourguignon, an assistant professor at OIST, has uncovered evidence

Urban Forestry

Urban Forestry

Turning Over a New Leaf As cities grow larger and denser, the forests within their boundaries become increasingly important. Urban forests provide benefits such as increased air quality, heat island reduction, and recreation. However, planting trees is time-consuming and expensive,

Peering into Pores

Peering into Pores

DNA origami in nuclear pore complexes Origami is a delicate art that creates elaborate structures from folding a simple sheet of paper. However, it is more than just an art; origami is also a technological method for modern biological research.

A New Family Tree

A New Family Tree

Exploring the unique development of siphonophores As far as gelatinous predators go, the Portuguese Man of War is well known, particularly to frequent beach-goers. Its long tentacles, which produce a painful sting upon contact with its prey, make it a

One Neuron Remembering a Memory

One Neuron Remembering a Memory

Most people prefer sitting in a room with AC than sitting in a hot field.  Research scientist Josh Hawk and his team study the neural mechanisms behind remembering and acting upon temperature preference memories like these, except they study this

Legionnaires’ Disease Linked to Some CT Watersheds

Legionnaires’ Disease Linked to Some CT Watersheds

In the 21st century, some believe water contamination in the United States is an issue of the past. Advancements in plumbing, sanitation, and water treatment have drastically reduced the number of diseases spread through infected water. In Connecticut, however, one

Are You There, Exoplanets? It’s Me, Earth

Are You There, Exoplanets? It’s Me, Earth

Space: the final frontier. Researchers at Yale work to boldly go where no researcher has gone before. With a newly designed EXtreme PREcision Spectrograph (EXPRES) that will clarify pre-existing data, Professor Debra Fischer and graduate student Lily Zhao are leading

Extracting Metals from E-Waste

Extracting Metals from E-Waste

Every second, metals that form the components of our day-to-day electronics are thrown out. There are currently no efficient methods for recycling them, yet our need for these metals remains strong. Yale researchers have developed a solution that salvages metals

Eradicating HIV

Eradicating HIV

One of the most pressing problems today in the effort to eradicate HIV is latency. Infected T cells may harbor the virus but lie dormant for years, making up a latent reservoir that evades the drugs, which effectively kill only

The Confounding Simplicity of Coastal Carbon

The Confounding Simplicity of Coastal Carbon

What do a Florida mangrove swamp, a Connecticut cattail-lined salt marsh, and an Oregon tidal freshwater forest all have in common? Sure, that funky low-tide smell is shared by each, but they’re all different in essential ways—some are cold, others