Latest Yale Stories

2009-02-26 08:48:40

Yale researchers have filled in a missing gap on the molecular road map of Alzheimer's disease. In the Feb. 26 issue of the journal Nature, the Yale team reports that cellular prion proteins trigger the process by which amyloid-beta peptides block brain function in Alzheimer's patients. "It has been a black box," said Stephen M. Strittmatter, senior author of the study and the Vincent Coates Professor of Neurology and director of Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair at the Yale...

2009-02-03 10:57:25

Most animals, like humans, have separate sexes "” they are born, live out their lives and reproduce as one sex or the other. However, some animals live as one sex in part of their lifetime and then switch to the other sex, a phenomenon called sequential hermaphroditism. What remains a puzzle, according to Yale scientists, is why the phenomenon is so rare, since their analysis shows the biological "costs" of changing sexes rarely outweigh the advantages.A report by Yale scientists in the...

2009-01-27 15:00:53

Three billion years ago, a "new" amino acid was added to the alphabet of 20 that commonly make up proteins in organisms today. Now researchers at Yale and the University of Tokyo have demonstrated how this rare amino acid "” and, by example, other amino acids "” made its way into the menu for protein synthesis. The study appeared in the December 31 advance online publication of the journal Nature. The rare amino acid the Yale researchers studied, pyrrolysine (Pyl), gave the...

2009-01-27 08:23:00

In a world of nutrition confusion, NuVal scores all foods to help consumers take charge of health BRAINTREE, Mass., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- As changes in leadership and social attitudes herald a new era of personal responsibility in the U.S., the nation's nutrition experts are urging consumers to take individual action in reversing the alarming trends of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Still, as more and more Americans look to take charge of their diets and overall health, they often...

2009-01-23 08:53:09

In an upcoming issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Yale researchers used newly developed mathematical models to analyze huge amounts of data on physical characteristics such as temperature and salinity in different ocean habitats and metabolic activity in marine micro-organisms. They were able to see in unprecedented detail how environment influences molecular changes within living organisms. As the technology dubbed "metagenomics" progresses, scientists might be able to...

2009-01-15 10:11:28

Many Americans have already taken action to reduce their energy use and many others would do the same if they could afford to, according to a national survey conducted by Yale and George Mason universities. Roughly half of the 2,164 American adults surveyed last September and October said they had already taken important steps to make their homes more energy-efficient, and a substantial number -- between 10 and 20 percent -- said they planned to take action over the next year. Almost...

2009-01-13 16:26:00

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Executive producers Franco Sama and Jordan Yale Levine announced today that they have secured the domestic (United States and Canada) release of their latest pic, "PAID," in an agreement recently inked between New York based independent film distribution company, Lightyear Entertainment, and the International Media conglomerate, Vivendi/Universal; the film will be released on February 17th, 2009. According to the film's Dutch director, Laurence...

2009-01-12 07:00:00

WINNIPEG, Jan. 12, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - IMRIS Inc. (TSX: IM) ("IMRIS" or the "Company") today announced the sale of their flagship product, IMRISneuro, to Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, one of the leading neuroscience centers in the U.S. The only one of its kind in the world, IMRISneuro incorporates a movable high-field MRI with a state-of-the-art integration platform, IMRISmatrix, allowing the surgical team to scan, view and share critical patient information...

2009-01-07 15:21:46

Yale University Wednesday announced the hiring of Tom Williams as football coach, the first black head coach in the history of the program The 38-year-old Williams was a defensive assistant for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars the past two years. He is the 33rd head coach of the Yale Bulldogs. I am thrilled for this tremendous opportunity to be the head football coach at such a historic and fabled institution, Williams said. Williams succeeds Jack Siedlecki, who retired after 12 seasons and...

2008-12-11 08:30:00

LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Environmentally cleaner, more energy efficient, and providing enhanced operational performance on the job 24/7 is how users of hydrogen powered forklifts and materials handling equipment describe the new warehouse workhorse. The benefits of hydrogen powered vehicles over traditional units will be evidenced daily as Air Products (NYSE: APD), a global leader in hydrogen fueling infrastructure and technology, will install indoor hydrogen...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'