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2009-06-18 09:00:50

Throughout the animal kingdom brilliant colors or elaborate behavioral displays serve as "advertisements" for attracting mates. But, what do the ads promise, and is there truth in advertising? Researchers at Yale theorize that when males must provide care for the survival of their offspring, the males' signals will consistently be honest "” and they may devote more of their energy to caring for their offspring than to being attractive. The idea that males showcase their best qualities...

2009-05-27 11:16:49

Most polluted or damaged ecosystems worldwide can recover within a lifetime if societies commit to their cleanup or restoration, according to an analysis of 240 independent studies by researchers at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Their findings will appear in the June edition of the journal PLoS ONE. The Yale researchers found that forest ecosystems recovered in 42 years on average, while ocean bottoms recovered in less than 10 years. When examined by disturbance...

2009-05-05 11:17:00

NEW YORK, May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Sandeep C. Ramesh is recognized by Continental Who's Who, as an ambitious Yale Law School graduate, who is beginning to make his mark on the legal world. Mr. Ramesh recently graduated from Yale Law, and apart from excelling in academics, he actively contributed to academic publications and involved himself in challenging and respected positions with the Yale Law Journal and Nonprofit Organizations Law Clinic. Prior to attending Yale Law, Mr. Ramesh earned his...

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2009-05-05 06:25:00

A new program, backed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, aims to guide health workers past the stigma of asking important patient questions about serious substance abuse problems. This ensures that more patients are asked for simple clues to addiction at every doctor's visit. The program is a step-by-step computerized guide that takes patients' answers to various behavior questions, analyzes their risk for a serious substance use problem, and instructs doctors on what to do next. Some...

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2009-05-04 07:23:35

Yale researchers describe a breakthrough in safe and effective administration of potential antiviral drugs "” small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules that silence genes "” the first step in development of a new kind of treatment for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The work is reported May 4 as an advance online publication of Nature Materials. "RNA interference is a promising approach for prevention and treatment of human disease," said lead author Kim Woodrow, Yale...

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2009-04-27 08:21:10

As researchers push towards detection of single molecules, single electron spins and the smallest amounts of mass and movement, Yale researchers have demonstrated silicon-based nanocantilevers, smaller than the wavelength of light, that operate on photonic principles eliminating the need for electric transducers and expensive laser setups. The work reported in an April 26 advance online publication of Nature Nanotechnology ushers in a new generation of tools for ultra-sensitive measurements...

2009-04-16 15:35:19

A single crafty protein allows the deadly bacterium Salmonella enterica to both invade cells lining the intestine and hijack cellular functions to avoid destruction, Yale researchers report in the April 17 issue of the journal Cell. This evolutionary slight-of-hand sheds new insights into the lethal tricks of Salmonella, which kills more than 2 million people a year. "In evolutionary terms, this hijacking of cellular machinery to diversify the function of a bacterial protein is mind...

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2009-03-30 08:00:00

Observing how a child reacts to animated cartoons may aid in identifying autism, new research has implied. Babies normally start watching movement shortly after birth, and retrieve information from the things they observe, but children afflicted with autism usually do not. A study, available in the journal Nature, was conducted by showing two-year-olds simple animations linked with sound. In the Yale study, researchers fashioned five different kinds of animated children's games, like...

2009-03-24 11:44:00

Learners Around the World Gain Access to Academic Superstars NEW YORK, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Academic Earth, a social entrepreneurship venture focused on expanding the availability of high-quality educational opportunities for people around the globe, announced Tuesday the launch of its website at http://AcademicEarth.org. Academic Earth offers free access to online video of full courses and guest lectures from leading educational institutions including Yale, Harvard, and MIT. "The...

2009-03-19 09:38:44

Even in the midst of a growing economic crisis last fall, over 90 percent of Americans said that the United States should act to reduce global warming, according to a national survey released today by researchers at Yale and George Mason Universities. The results included 34 percent who said the United States should make a large-scale effort, even if it has large economic costs.Two-thirds of Americans said that the United States should reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases regardless of...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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