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Image 1 - Citizen Scientists May Have Found New Planets
2011-09-22 04:05:00

   Since the online citizen science project Planet Hunters launched last December, 40,000 web users from around the world have been helping professional astronomers analyze the light from 150,000 stars in the hopes of discovering Earth-like planets orbiting around them. Users analyze real scientific data collected by NASA's Kepler mission, which has been searching for planets beyond our own solar system – called exoplanets – since its launch in March 2009. Now...

Key To Fighting Food Cravings All In Your Head
2011-09-21 10:46:53

   Researchers from Yale University and the University of Southern California, seeking new treatments to reverse the epidemic of obesity in the US, found that obese people had more difficulty resisting cravings for high-calorie foods, explaining why it might be difficult for overweight people to lose extra body mass, according to various media reports.   The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, found that thin people may be able to mentally resist...

Image 1 - Study Finds 'Clear Evidence' Meteorite Wiped Out Primitive Birds
2011-09-20 06:10:58

  The same meteorite impact that caused dinosaurs to go extinct 65 million years ago also essentially wiped out ancient birds, a team of paleontologists claim in a new study. The researchers, led by Nicholas Longrich of Yale University, studied collections of approximately two dozen bird fossils of various species from the school's Peabody Museum of Natural History, as well as from the American Museum of Natural History, the University of California Museum of Paleontology, and the...

2011-09-19 22:57:55

If the brain goes hungry, Twinkies look a lot better, a study led by researchers at Yale University and the University of Southern California has found. Brain imaging scans show that when glucose levels drop, an area of the brain known to regulate emotions and impulses loses the ability to dampen desire for high-calorie food, according to the study published online September 19 in The Journal of Clinical Investigation. "Our prefrontal cortex is a sucker for glucose," said Rajita Sinha,...

Hummingbird Males All A-Flutter During Courtship
2011-09-09 05:29:31

How the fluttering feathers of some hummingbird species generate courtship sounds [ View the Video ] Though famous for their mid-air hovering during hunting, tiny hummingbirds have another trait that is literally telltale: males of some hummingbird species generate loud sounds with their tail feathers while courting females. Now, for the first time, the cause of these sounds has been identified: a paper published in the Sep. 9, 2011 issue of Science by Christopher Clark of Yale...

2011-09-06 07:35:00

HOPKINTON, Mass., Sept. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Caliper Life Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALP) today announced a collaboration with the Center for Genome Analysis at Yale University. As part of this agreement, Yale is working with Caliper to implement automated protocols for exome capture and library preparation workflows. "Yale has purchased Caliper's Sciclone® NGS Workstation and LabChip® GXI to improve key bottlenecks in the Illumina...

Could Stem Cells Cure Baldness?
2011-09-02 05:33:26

  Researchers from Yale University may have found a genetically natural cure for baldness - stem cells that tell a person's hair when it's time to grow. According to the scientists, these stem cells are the source of the signals that trigger hair growth and are found within the fatty layer of the skin. They report that they were able to use these cells as a catalyst to grow hair in mice--a discovery that could eventually lead to new treatment for those who have lost or are...

2011-09-01 16:43:39

Yale University researchers have identified a key genetic gear that keeps the circadian clock of plants ticking, a finding that could have broad implications for global agriculture. The research appears in the Sept. 2 issue of the journal Molecular Cell. "Farmers are limited by the seasons, but by understanding the circadian rhythm of plants, which controls basic functions such as photosynthesis and flowering, we might be able to engineer plants that can grow in different seasons and...

2011-08-25 21:30:29

Yale University researchers have successfully re-engineered the protein-making machinery in bacteria, a technical tour de force that promises to revolutionize the study and treatment of a variety of diseases. "Essentially, we have expanded the genetic code of E. coli, which allows us synthesize special forms of proteins that can mimic natural or disease states," said Jesse Rinehart of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and co-corresponding author of the research published...

2011-08-25 12:04:53

Scientists at Yale University have developed the first practical method to create a compound called huperzine A in the lab. The compound, which occurs naturally in a species of moss found in China, is an enzyme inhibitor that has been used to treat Alzheimer's disease in China since the late 1990s and is sold in the U.S. as a dietary supplement to help maintain memory. Scientists believe it could also potentially combat the effects of chemical warfare agents. Until now, researchers have...