A Mineral Map for Fossil Hunters

A Mineral Map for Fossil Hunters

Improving the localization of rare soft-tissue fossils Think of a fossil. What do you see? Perhaps dinosaur bones, teeth, or mollusk shells? When we think of fossils, we traditionally picture hard tissue parts. However, more rare soft tissue fossils are

Modeling Lungs for a New Cure

Modeling Lungs for a New Cure

How researchers are demystifying complex lung diseases using models It’s a diagnosis that stumps even the best of doctors. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis begins with a small cough and progresses over time to stop lung function—so much so, that patients cannot

Double Trouble: Inhibiting an Inhibitor to Treat Tumors

Double Trouble: Inhibiting an Inhibitor to Treat Tumors

A Potential Treatment for Colorectal Cancers Imagine two twins who, though identical in every respect from height to facial features, differ in a single gene. One twin has it, the other does not. Yet, the cascade effect is staggering—just one

Mega-Useful Microcapsules

Mega-Useful Microcapsules

Exploring the potential control of drug delivery with light and magnetism Chances are, at some point in your life, you’ve taken some form of medicine in capsule form. In fact, many antibiotics are delivered via ingested capsules. In comparison to

Title: Fighting Addiction One Pill at a Time

Title: Fighting Addiction One Pill at a Time

A new compound that effectively blocks dopamine can help tackle addiction In America today, almost one in two adults knows a relative or close friend who has suffered from drug addiction. Whether a brother, daughter, uncle or colleague, 46 percent

Counterpoint: The Core Issue

Counterpoint: The Core Issue

Peering into the history of Earth’s formation Although we walk on it every day, very few people consider what exactly our planet is. Earth’s composition can be reduced to four main layers. Working from the outside in, these layers are

Alumni Profile: Nathan Hall (MEM ’17)

Alumni Profile: Nathan Hall (MEM ’17)

Coal country has always been home for Nathan Hall (MEM/MBA ’17), a ninth-generation native of Central Appalachia who recently completed a Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES), alongside an MBA from

A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution

Genetics courses at universities across the country would do well to add Jennifer Doudna’s and Samuel H. Sternberg’s A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution to their syllabi. This account of the rise of

Short Feature: Creating Molecules Out of Thin Air

Short Feature: Creating Molecules Out of Thin Air

How did life emerge? What does it mean for something to be alive? These questions may be well suited for a philosophy seminar, but they have also been asked in science labs throughout history. In 1859, Charles Darwin published his

From Farm to Fuel Cell

From Farm to Fuel Cell

Using Eggs to Harvest Clean Energy What if the future of renewable energy lies in a good breakfast? While the thought of the most important meal of the day, or one of its components, powering anything other than a human