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Is Yawning Contagious?

Is Yawning Contagious?

Think about when you are most likely to yawn: maybe when bored in class, anxious about an exam, or getting ready for bed. However, odds are that you have an even higher chance of yawning right after you see someone

How is lactaid milk made?

How is lactaid milk made?

Recently, the undergraduate Yale blog entitled “CrossCampus” uncovered a scandal in one of the undergraduate dining halls: the dining hall was serving expired lactaid milk. But what exactly is lactaid milk, how is it made, and is it more prone

Does Sugar Really Make Children Hyper?

Does Sugar Really Make Children Hyper?

When your younger siblings or the kids you’re babysitting start bouncing off the walls and driving you insane, you’re more likely than not to blame their behavior on a “sugar high.” But is sugar actually the culprit? Years of oral

Avatar: What’s Real, What’s Not, and What does that mean for us?

Avatar: What’s Real, What’s Not, and What does that mean for us?

Since its release in December 2009, Avatar has pushed the limits of cinematic ingenuity with its groundbreaking CGI graphic technology. Director James Cameron put everything he could muster into the 15-year project, producing the dazzling, futuristic alien world of Pandora.

Undergraduate Researchers

Undergraduate Researchers

Editor’s Note: This installment is part one of a four part series covering the experiences of scientific researchers at Yale. Next issue, check back for an exploration of the life of laboratory technicians Scientific exploration is seldom as picturesque as

Manhattan Project on Science Hill

Manhattan Project on Science Hill

A few things come to mind when one thinks of Sterling Chemistry Laboratory: long walks up Science Hill, dreaded 9:20 a.m. chemistry lectures, and obnoxious afternoon labs. Perhaps some new associations with the building would make our science classes much

Anna Jo Smith

Anna Jo Smith

Anna Jo Bodurtha Smith enjoys running, country music, sorority life, and dreaming up ways to improve national pediatric health through social policy. She is anything but your average sociology major. Teachers learned early on that Smith was a gifted child.

John Bennett Fenn

John Bennett Fenn

Some Nobel Laureates say that the research finding that led to their Nobel Prize arose from “a stroke of genius.” John Bennett Fenn, the 2003 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, however, has a more realistic point of view about his research,

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

“HENRIETTA LACKS,” Professor Defler wrote in large letters on the blackboard of a community college class. Rebecca Skloot, sixteen-years old at the time, sat in biology class captivated, listening to the story of the HeLa cell line for the first

83.2 cartoon: CSI: Body Unit

83.2 cartoon: CSI: Body Unit