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Study Explains Prevalence of Hadrosaur Skin Among All Known Dinosaur Skin Fossils

September 11, 2014

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New Research Documents the Prevalence of Hadrosaur Skin

A new study from Yale University details the prevalence of hadrosaur skin among all known dinosaur skin fossils, revealing that hadrosaur skin is 31 times more likely to be preserved. In life, Tyrannosaurus rex usually got the best of the less fearsome duck-billed dinosaurs, or hadrosaurs: T. rex ate them. But in death, the plant-eating […]

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Brain Structure of the Parietal Cortex Could Predict Risky Behavior

September 10, 2014

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Brain Structure Could Predict Risky Behavior

New research shows that brain structure may predict risky behavior, revealing that those with a larger volume in a particular part of the parietal cortex were willing to take more risks than those with less volume in this part of the brain. Some people avoid risks at all costs, while others will put their wealth, […]

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Yale Study Shows More Health Symptoms Reported Near ‘Fracking’ Sites

September 10, 2014

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More Health Symptoms Reported Near Fracking

A new study from Yale University found that natural gas drilling may increase the risk of health symptoms in people living near natural gas extraction sites, supporting the need for further research into the health and environmental implications of extraction techniques like hydraulic fracturing. A Yale-led study has found a greater prevalence of health symptoms […]

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Researchers Reveal a New Pathway to Help Treat Perinatal Brain Injuries

September 9, 2014

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A New Pathway to Help Treat Perinatal Brain Injuries

A team of researchers has uncovered a new pathway to help treat perinatal brain injuries, revealing that a synthetic molecule derived from the embryo called PreImplantation Factor (sPIF) protects against neuronal death and brain injury by targeting let-7. Researchers at Yale School of Medicine and their colleagues have uncovered a new pathway to help treat […]

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BMGs – A New Generation of Strong Pliable Materials

September 5, 2014

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BMGs A New Generation of Strong Pliable Materials

Yale researchers have developed a new method that softens bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) sufficiently to allow for shaping – allowing the researchers to use the super-strong, lightweight material for things like cell phone cases and other electronic devices. Someday, digital citizens around the world may have a Yale professor to thank for the supercool, extra-durable […]

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Counties With a Higher Number of Dentists Per Capita Have Lower Rates of Obesity

September 4, 2014

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Study Shows Counties With More Dentists Per Capita Have Lower Rates of Obesity

New research from Yale University shows that counties with a higher number of dentists per capita have strikingly lower rates of obesity, finding that counties that had an additional dentist for every 10,000 people had a 1-percentage point lower rate of obesity than the counties without as many dentists. The fight against obesity in the […]

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Chimpanzees Outplay Humans in Brain Games

September 3, 2014

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Chimps Outplay Humans in Brain Games

In a new study chimpanzees outplay humans in a two-player game, suggesting that chimps may have a superior memory and strategy when it comes to recalling their opponent’s choice history. We humans assume we are the smartest of all creations. In a world with over 8.7 million species, only we have the ability to understand […]

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How the Immune System Combats Superinfection

August 29, 2014

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How the Immune System Combats Superinfection

New research from Yale University shows how the immune system combats superinfections, revealing a biological basis for new vaccines against sexually transmitted diseases and possibly HIV. The immune system is great at making sure infections such as the herpes virus do not repeatedly infect a person, a condition known as a superinfection. Yet how the […]

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Research Reveals Evolution Used Similar “Toolkits” to Shape Flies, Worms, and Humans

August 29, 2014

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Evolution of Flies, Worms and Humans Share Patterns of Gene Expression

Several newly published studies reveal that flies, worms and humans share ancient patterns of gene expression. Although separated by hundreds of millions of years of evolution, flies, worms, and humans share ancient patterns of gene expression, according to a massive Yale-led analysis of genomic data. Two related studies led by scientists at Harvard and Stanford, […]

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Yale and Columbia Biologists Shed New Light on Cell Division

August 22, 2014

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Researchers Shed New Light on the Rings That Make Cell Division Possible

A team of scientists from Yale and Columbia universities has shed new light on the mechanics of the division of cells that makes life possible. Forming like a blown smoke ring does, a “contractile ring” similar to a tiny muscle pinches yeast cells in two. The division of cells makes life possible, but the actual […]

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Magneto-Optical Trapping of Strontium Monofluoride

August 21, 2014

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Physicists Chilled Molecules to Very Near to Absolute Zero

Using magneto-optical trapping, Yale physicists cooled molecules of strontium monofluoride to 2.5 thousandths of a degree above absolute zero, the lowest temperature yet achieved by direct cooling of a molecule. It’s official. Yale physicists have chilled the world’s coolest molecules. The tiny titans in question are bits of strontium monofluoride, dropped to 2.5 thousandths of […]

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Heart Disease and Strokes Decrease Significantly

August 20, 2014

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Heart Disease and Strokes Decrease in the USA

Using data from the past decade, a new study shows that the rates of U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke have dropped significantly. In some positive news for heart disease and stroke patients, Yale School of Medicine researchers report that the rates of U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from both conditions dropped significantly […]

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