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Next Supercontinent Could Be Formed Near North Pole
2012-02-09 06:13:38

All of Earth's continents, believed to have once been joined together as a supercontinent known as Pangaea, will be reunited as a single landmass near the North Pole within the next 50 million to 200 million years, researchers from Yale University claim in a new study. According to MSNBC Science Editor Alan Boyle, the Yale researchers, including geologist Ross Mitchell, used a computer model to determine the estimated location of the new supercontinent, which they have dubbed Amasia due to...

2012-01-23 11:19:51

Analyzing all the genes of dozens of people suffering from a rare form of hypertension, Yale University researchers have discovered a new mechanism that regulates the blood pressure of all humans. The findings by an international research team headed by Yale scientists, published online Jan. 22 in the journal Nature, may help explain what goes wrong in the one billion people who suffer from high blood pressure. The study also demonstrates the power of new DNA sequencing methods to find...

Scientists Find Offspring of Tortoises Believed Extinct
2012-01-09 13:25:27

A giant Galapagos tortoise species believed to have been extinct for 150 years may actually still be alive, researchers from Yale University have discovered. According to Telegraph Science Correspondent Nick Collins, experts believe that the species in question, Chelonoidis elephantopus, died out shortly after Charles Darwin's visit to the Galapagos Islands in 1835. However, the researchers say that they have found hybrid tortoises on the island of Isabela "that appear to have C....

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2011-12-03 08:17:02

A drastic decrease in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels appears to have been the catalyst that led to the formation of the Antarctic ice sheet, according to a new study published December 1 in the journal Science. The research, which was completed by an international team of experts led by Mark Pagani of Yale University, "helps solve a long-standing scientific puzzle and confirms the power of CO2 to dramatically alter global climate," according to a Thursday press release from the...

Image 1 - Ancient Moths Reveal Wing Colors
2011-11-16 07:58:25

New research is allowing scientists to learn what the colors of fossilized moths would have been. Maria McNamara, a paleobiologist and postdoctoral researcher at Yale University was examining fossils from oil shale in Germany when she came across the remains of several moth species, all belonging to a group called lepidopterans, which also includes butterflies. “Until now, we had no idea what colors ancient moths and butterflies had,” McNamara relates to Stephanie Pappas of...

Image 1 - Lasers Inspired By Nature
2011-10-13 03:44:09

Researchers at Yale University are studying how two types of nanoscale structures on the feathers of birds produce brilliant and distinctive colors. The researchers are hoping that by borrowing these nanoscale tricks from nature they will be able to produce new types of lasers–ones that can assemble themselves by natural processes. The team will present their findings at the Optical Society's (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2011, taking place in San Jose, Calif. next...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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