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All Eyes on Mars: The Mars Scout Program and the History of Water on the Red Planet

All Eyes on Mars: The Mars Scout Program and the History of Water on the Red Planet

On August 4, 2007, NASA launched the spacecraft Phoenix on an expedition to “follow the water.” Though Phoenix was declared dead in November 2009, it is set to be followed by two other craft in the Mars Scout Program.

Mythbusters: The Common Cold: A Misnamed Virus

Mythbusters: The Common Cold: A Misnamed Virus

Despite popular belief, winter is not guilty of causing you to cough and sneeze all night, causing your throat to hurt, or causing your sinuses to weigh ten pounds. Correlation does not always imply causation, and cold weather does not cause the common cold.

Raising the Bar for Combating Biological Threats: Yale’s Level 3 Biosafety Laboratory

Raising the Bar for Combating Biological Threats: Yale’s Level 3 Biosafety Laboratory

This year, a new Level 3 biosafety labora­tory (BSL-3) opened at the Yale School of Public Health, with more advanced technology and increased research space that gives Yale researchers the resources they need to study emergent diseases.

The Merging of Science and Art: Charles Darwin Exhibit Featured at the Yale British Art Center

The Merging of Science and Art: Charles Darwin Exhibit Featured at the Yale British Art Center

For the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the Yale British Art Center, in conjunc­tion with the Fitzwilliam Museum of the University of Cambridge, put together a phenomenal collection of paintings, sketches, specimens and original docu­ments from Darwin’s era.

Undergraduate Profile: Jarrad Aguirre, DC ’09, Rhodes Scholar: “Dissecting Medical Anthropology at Oxford”

Undergraduate Profile: Jarrad Aguirre, DC ’09, Rhodes Scholar: “Dissecting Medical Anthropology at Oxford”

A Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major, Jarrad Aguirre ’09 was one of thirty-two American winners to be awarded the Rhodes Scholarship, which he will use to complete an MSc in Medical Anthropology at Oxford University.

Almunus Profile: Richard Shank, Class of 1945: “Engineering Extraordinaire”

Almunus Profile: Richard Shank, Class of 1945: “Engineering Extraordinaire”

Richard (Dick) Shank stepped onto Yale’s campus in July of 1942 as a freshman, a member of the class of 1945. Since then, he has been a Yale professor, a residential college dean, and Yale registrar.

Economics and the Sciences: Effects of the Recession

Economics and the Sciences: Effects of the Recession

Over the past several years, funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has gone down steadily. However, with the current presidential administration, those in the sciences have cause to be optimistic.

Book Review: “Mania: a Short History of Bipolar Disorder”

Book Review: “Mania: a Short History of Bipolar Disorder”

In a definitional whirlwind, David Healy in Mania upsets any notions of the conti­nuity of our time’s mental disorders, following the history of bipolar disorder from the ancient Greeks through the present.

Debunking the Science of House, M.D.

Debunking the Science of House, M.D.

The scientific explanations of the Fox medical show “House, M.D.” are supposedly grounded in fact. However, to what extent is this the case?

Everyday Q&A: What causes the red wine headache?

Everyday Q&A: What causes the red wine headache?

People have probably been complaining about the notorious Red Wine Headache (RWH) ever since red wine first emerged in 6000 BC in western Asia. As of yet, however, researchers have not been able to pinpoint a single etiology.