Mental appetite for drugs and food linked, study says

Drug use and eating may be connected in more ways than munchies. Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity released a study Monday that finds that the same brain activity signifies both compulsive eating and drug addiction. The study, led by clinical psychology doctoral student Ashley Gearhardt GRD ’12, showed that food addiction is […]


Dinosaurs hardened pinecones, study says

Elementary school arts and crafts would not be the same had it not been for the eating habits of dinosaurs. Andrew Leslie, a postdoctoral paleobotanist at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, has linked the hardness of present-day pinecones with the mass arrival of tall, herbivorous dinosaurs in the early-middle Jurassic period. The […]


Tierney talks willpower, self-discipline

Amy Chua may have a point with regard to her parenting philosophy, according to veteran science columnist John Tierney ’75. Tierney, who has written for the New York Times since 1990, spoke at a Calhoun College Master’s Tea Wednesday afternoon about willpower and self-discipline, the subject of his forthcoming book. In front of an audience […]


Chemists tackle ovarian cancer

Yale chemists are working to prevent cancer. Assistant chemistry professor Seth Herzon and his team of researchers have synthesized a molecule which has led to the discovery of new agents that could be used to prevent the recurrence of ovarian cancer. The molecule, called lomaiviticin aglycon, has been known for a decade, but scientists have […]


Moretti: What’s wrong with right?

Guest Column