Study Shows Why Adolescents Are More Likely Than Adults to Engage in Risky and Impulsive Behavior

Young people are seeking new experiences, and in doing so, are often unable to gauge the risks of their behavior. New research from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development shows that adolescents are more likely to ignore information that could prompt them to rethink risky decisions, helping to explain why information campaigns on risky behaviors More...

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By Kalen Beh On Monday, January 16th, 2017

Prehistoric Extinctions Offer Insights for Today’s Endangered Species

New research from Yale University is using data from prehistoric extinctions to teach valuable, real-world lessons about what happens to an ecosystem when its most distinct species go extinct. Researcher Matt Davis More...

By Kalen Beh On Monday, January 9th, 2017

New Yale Study Reveals That Gun Violence is a ‘Contagious’ Social Epidemic

This image is a graphical representation of the largest connected component of the network. Each node represents a unique individual. Red nodes identify subjects of a fatal or nonfatal gunshot injury; blue nodes More...

By Kalen Beh On Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Antarctic Site Dome A Promises to Open a New Window on the Cosmos

Equipment deployed at Dome A in Antartica, a site as high as Maunakea and 10 times drier, showed that it would be an ideal location for astronomy at terahertz radio frequencies. Xue-Fei Gong/Purple Mountain Observatory Researchers More...

By Kalen Beh On Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Mice Can Sense Oxygen Levels in the Environment Using Specialized Neurons

The green objects represent the type B cells – thus the neurons that are activated by low environmental oxygen. The red objects represent “canonical” or “conventional” olfactory sensory neurons: these More...

By Kalen Beh On Monday, November 28th, 2016

New Study Shows Individual Lifespans Are Becoming More Similar

Lifespans are increasing and becoming more similar: While life expectancy of US women rose by almost 19 years between 1933 and 2014 (from 62.8 to 81.3 years), the variance in the distribution of deaths over age More...

By Kalen Beh On Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

MIT Chemists Reveal Bacterial Enzyme That Can Produce Biodegradable Plastics

Pictured here is a structural diagram of the PHA enzyme, which bacteria use to produce long polymer chains similar to plastics. MIT chemists have identified the openings through which the polymer building blocks More...

By Kalen Beh On Monday, November 14th, 2016

CertiKOS: A Step Toward Hacker-Resistant Operating Systems

Researchers from Yale University have unveiled CertiKOS, the world’s first operating system that runs on multi-core processors and shields against cyber-attacks. Scientists believe this could lead to a new generation More...

By Kalen Beh On Monday, October 31st, 2016

How Nanoscience Will Improve Our Lives in the Coming Years

In a newly published study, nanoscientists look ahead to what we can expect in the coming decade, and conclude that nanoscience is poised to make important contributions in many areas, including health care, More...

By Kalen Beh On Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Motion-Directed Microrobots Can Be Propelled Light

Travel into the darkness: Half-coated Janus particles, named after the roman double-faced godness, are autonomously navigating towards a light source. Researchers based in Stuttgart find such phototactic behavior, More...