Well-traveled tool shows early humans covered vast distances
A new analysis of an obsidian scraper excavated in southern Syria during the 1930s demonstrates that, shortly after Neanderthals disappeared, modern humans covered far greater distances than previously known, according to archaeologists from Yale University and the University of Cologne.
New safety concerns identified for 1 in 3 FDA-approved drugs
Nearly 1 out of every 3 drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have a new safety issue detected in the years after approval, says a Yale-led study.
Researchers catch up on each other’s work at forum
From neutrinos to fly vision to follicle regeneration, university researchers talked about a wide array of research at the Yale Science and Engineering Forum on May 3.
Why voters elect authoritarians: Q&A with political scientist Milan Svolik
When democracies fail, they often do so gradually at the hands of elected leaders who enjoy robust support from voters, according to Milan Svolik, associate professor of political science at Yale.
Study of blood vessel growth may open new pathway to therapies
A new Yale-led study detailing how blood vessels develop could lead to novel treatments of cardiovascular diseases as well as cancer.
Genetic basis of some cases of Tourette’s disorder discovered
Researchers have discovered four genes that are associated with a higher risk of developing Tourette’s disorder, although variants in as many as 400 genes contribute to the origins of the complex neurological condition, which is marked by motor and vocal tics. A consortium of researchers from multiple institutions analyzed the protein-coding genes of more than 500 Tourette patients and unaffected parents and published the results May 3 in the journal Neuron
Chest physicians split on pros and cons of e-cigarettes
Patients are asking their chest physicians about using e-cigarettes to quit smoking, but those physicians are divided about whether the products do more harm than good, according to a Yale-led study. The finding demonstrates the need for more research on e-cigarettes that will help physicians counsel their patients who smoke.