Science & Technology

A new approach for detecting planets in the Alpha Centauri system

December 18, 2017

Nearly 25 trillion miles away, Alpha Centauri is our closest neighbor — could it be home to a habitable planet? New research is bringing us closer to an answer.

Programming for laughs: A.I. tries its hand at humor at YSEAS

December 14, 2017

Artificial intelligence can beat chess champs, but can it come up with a good joke? Thanks to computational linguistics, the answer might be “yes.”

Climate benefits of wind and solar outweigh costs of ‘hidden’ emissions

December 14, 2017

While green technologies like solar and wind do create some carbon emissions, they prevent much more by displacing fossil fuels, according to a new study.

Evolution expert: ‘Boys will be boys’ doesn’t explain sexual harassment

December 13, 2017

Can modern sexual harassment be chalked up to natural selection? Not at all, argues Yale’s Richard G. Bribiescas — citing no less an authority than Darwin.

Understanding ourselves through neuroimaging and algorithms

December 13, 2017

Yale researchers have developed a method of analyzing individual brains that allows them to successfully predict the subjects’ IQs, their sex, and more.

3D modeling offers insight into how giant tortoises get off their backs

December 13, 2017

The shells of tumble-prone giant tortoises on the Galapagos Islands may not do them any favors, according to new research.

‘Million-Dollar Professor’ to build community of warrior-scholar scientists

December 13, 2017

Named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, Yale's Marla Geha will receive $1 million to help expand science education for veterans.

Yale researchers aim to build first practical quantum computers

December 13, 2017

New Haven-based startup Quantum Circuits Inc. is using Yale research to build the first ever quantum computer — a leap forward from modern digital technology.

Yale students win hackathon challenge to counter fake news

December 12, 2017

Ph.D. candidates Stefan Uddenberg and Michael Lopez-Brau won “Best Hack to Counter Fake News” at YHack with a Google Chrome extension called “Open Mind.”

Drug blocks Zika and dengue viruses in study

December 12, 2017

The small-molecule inhibitor, named NGI-1, shows promise as a treatment for Zika, dengue, West Nile, and yellow fever viruses.