Physicists Use Lasers to Chill the World's Coldest Molecules

If you thought last winter was cold, you should stay as far away from magneto-optical trapping as possible. Yale physicists recently used this technique to cool a molecule of strontium monoflouride down to 2.5 thousandths of a degree above absolute zero. That makes them the world's coldest molecules. » 8/25/14 10:54am 8/25/14 10:54am

Astronomers Invent New Telescope by Tying Telephoto Lenses Together

A team of Yale astronomers got a little crafty recently. In an attempt to see parts of space that their big fancy telescopes weren't showing them, they tied eight telephoto lenses together to create their own little homemade array. And then, thanks to their new invention, they quickly discovered seven new galaxies. » 7/14/14 11:27am 7/14/14 11:27am

Amazonian Mushroom Eats Indestructible Plastics

We use polyurethane to make just about everything—garden hoses, furniture, the entirety of my local 99-cent store. It's easy to produce, durable, and dirt cheap. What it isn't is recyclable—there isn't a single natural process that breaks it down. That is until a newly-discovered Amazonian fungus takes a bite. » 1/31/12 1:00am 1/31/12 1:00am

Apple University: Like Hamburger U, But With iPods

With mountains of cash » 10/23/08 5:20am 10/23/08 5:20am on hand, Apple is broadening its horizons a little bit. The company is planning to start a creatively designated "Apple University," following in the corporate educational footsteps of the likes of McDonald's and Pixar. Though this will likely just be a training campus for Apple employees,…

Verizon Actually Helping Speed Up P2P File Sharing? Wha?

We had to read this twice to be certain, but Verizon is teaming up with researchers at Yale and a P4P Working group in order to speed up peer to peer file sharing. How is this beneficial to Verizon, who has the burden of carrying P2P traffic, which measures at about 1/3 of the internet's throughput already? Because… » 3/14/08 3:01pm 3/14/08 3:01pm