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Sugar Snares with Calories Instead of Sweetness

Sugar Snares with Calories Instead of Sweetness

Despite what many researchers have thought, we are attracted to sugar more because of its caloric content than its sweetness, a new Yale study proposes. The study may provide new strategies to avoid excess sugar consumption as well as insight into balancing nutrition and taste in food products.

The Science of Art: How scientists unmask fakes and forgeries

The Science of Art: How scientists unmask fakes and forgeries

Because forgery is an art in and of itself, experts may not be able to conclusively prove that a piece is a fake based only on visual examination. Enter the scientist. Using modern-day techniques, including instrumental analysis and imaging, scientists and conservators can do their own detective work in the art world.

The Flow of Flavor: How Exhaling While Eating Affects Smell and Taste

The Flow of Flavor: How Exhaling While Eating Affects Smell and Taste

While eating and drinking, we can only taste and smell our food when we exhale. A collaboration between Yale School of Medicine’s Shepherd Laboratory, the Mechanical Engineering faculty, and the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design reveals the physiological phenomenon behind this.

Sunscreen That Blocks More Than Sun: How a Small-But-Mighty Nanoparticle is Revolutionizing Sun Protection

Sunscreen That Blocks More Than Sun: How a Small-But-Mighty Nanoparticle is Revolutionizing Sun Protection

Think you’re beach ready? Read this first! Yale researchers have developed a new sunblock formula which, unlike typical sunblock, does not sink into the skin and alter DNA.

Tearing Down a Bacterial Blockade

Tearing Down a Bacterial Blockade

Researchers at Yale use organic chemistry techniques to answer critical biological questions, such as how drug-resistant bacteria evade the immune system.

Will Cars Run on Hydrogen? Bulk metallic glasses make electrocatalysts cheaper and more efficient

Will Cars Run on Hydrogen? Bulk metallic glasses make electrocatalysts cheaper and more efficient

Yale Professor Andre Taylor’s research into molding and modifying bulk metallic glass nanostructures has succeeded in creating cheaper and more effective electrocatalytic surfaces, with potential applications in fuel cells and other energy technologies.

Lighting the Way: Lasers turn their beams on the art world

Lighting the Way: Lasers turn their beams on the art world

Focusing a laser beam on priceless pieces of art doesn’t initially sound like the best idea, but its surprising application for cleaning could ensure the preservation of masterpieces for generations to come.

Airborne Diesel: Companies use ambient carbon dioxide to manufacture fuel

Airborne Diesel: Companies use ambient carbon dioxide to manufacture fuel

Could the air around us soon power our planes, trains, and automobiles? Several companies are now manufacturing diesel fuel from ambient carbon dioxide, and may soon be able to do so on a commercial scale.

A Decade of Weekend Science: The 10th anniversary of Science on Saturdays

A Decade of Weekend Science: The 10th anniversary of Science on Saturdays

March marked the 10th anniversary of a Yale program that exposes young students to science. For the past decade, Science on Saturdays has featured exciting demos and renowned science experts as guest speakers.

Unraveling the Mysteries of Genetic Evolution: How promoter mutations may factor in

Unraveling the Mysteries of Genetic Evolution: How promoter mutations may factor in

Evolution as we know it is driven by mutations in genes. But researchers at Yale were curious about what surrounds a gene. That is, how does a whole gene network evolve?