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Fourier Transform: Nature’s Way of Analyzing Data

In his biophysics research, Yale Professor Peter Moore uses the same mathematical
method that a lens uses to project images on the retina and that an MP3 player uses
to compress audio files. The mathematical method is called the Fourier transform.

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Using Poisonous Spider Toxins as Pain Medication

With over forty different species and hundreds of toxins in their venom, funnel spiders can cause serious medical injury or death to victims who are not treated with the effective antivenom. Would you want these spiders’ toxins anywhere near your skin? Learn more about how Professor Nitabach and Dr. Gui have studied genetic sequences of such spider toxins and their possible applications as pain medication!

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Art Restoration: The Fine Line Between Art and Science

Matthew Chalkley examines the surprisingly and ever-increasingly scientific endeavor of art conservation and restoration. From isotope dating to Raman spectroscopy, art conservators are developing safer and less invasive techniques to restore art to their fullest glory.

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Congo Red Dot Test: A Groundbreaking Method to Diagnose Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a disorder of the blood vessels that affects 5-8% of pregnant women but can be deadly and is often detected when it is too late. Researchers have stumbled upon interesting properties of this disease that enabled them to discover the Congo Red Dot Test, a cheap and easy way to diagnose this disorder at its early stages.

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