July 2017 News

Respite from the Urban Heat Island? Study Eyes Costs of Irrigation as Remedy

July 20, 2017
A new Yale study will examine this delicate relationship between cooling and water consumption in some of the world’s drier cities, from Phoenix to Cairo. The outcome, researchers say, could help inform municipalities as they make difficult choices in the face of climate change and surging population growth. Led by Kangning Huang, a doctoral student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies [F&ES], the study will evaluate the potential outcomes of irrigating green spaces in six cities worldwide. The project was recently awarded a grant from NASA.

A scientific stopwatch for the world’s largest animals

July 18, 2017
We can’t time a live Tyrannosaurus rex in the 100-yard dash, but scientists now can calculate the top speed for the world’s largest animals, past and present.

Yale researchers use new techniques to pinpoint evolution in fungi

July 13, 2017
Authors from Yale and Michigan State University collaborated on a National Science Foundation study of five types of fungi that has illuminated a successful new strategy for pinpointing genes responsible for the evolution of certain biological processes.

Heart study finds faulty link between biomarkers and clinical outcomes

July 13, 2017
Surrogate endpoints (biomarkers), which are routinely used in clinical research to test new drugs, should not be trusted as the ultimate measure to approve new health interventions in cardiovascular medicine, according to a recent study by Yale School of Medicine researchers in JAMA.

Yale’s Helen Caines takes a leadership role in international STAR experiment

July 12, 2017
The Yale physicist is co-leading a search for the theorized “critical point” that transformed the universe from a soup of quarks into what we know as matter today.

Next step in depression treatment? Add rather than switch

July 11, 2017
Millions of patients suffering from major depression get little relief from the first drug they are prescribed. A major new study of 1,522 patients at 35 U.S. Veterans Health Administration medical centers shows these patients benefit more from adding an antidepressant treatment than from switching to another one.

A cosmic barbecue: Researchers spot 60 new ‘hot Jupiter’ candidates

July 6, 2017
Yale researchers have identified 60 potential new “hot Jupiters” — highly irradiated worlds that glow like coals on a barbecue grill and are found orbiting only 1% of Sun-like stars.