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Today’s Solutions: July 13, 2024

Inmates celebrate first degree

Inmates celebrate first degrees earned through Yale and University of New Haven Initiative

Parolee Marcus Harvin's path from incarceration to higher education exemplifies the transformative impact of a game-changing collaboration between the University of New Haven (UNH) and the Yale Prison Education Initiative. Through this partnership, Harvin—who spent six years in prison for Read More...

Hummingbird

Hummingbirds have the widest color range of all birds

Among the different species of birds, hummingbirds are among the most iconic and distinct in the skies. These unique creatures hover unlike most birds, they feed on sugary nectar, and they have incredible metabolisms. They also have the most wide-ranging colors in their plumage of all other Read More...

Internet Speed

A microwave network could make the internet faster and more climate resilient

For many of us, our homes have become our offices, our entertainment centers, and they were even where we socialized during the Pandemic. All of this is possible to do from the comfort of our homes because of the internet, and when doing so much online, speed matters.  On paper, the internet Read More...

Microbiome

Certain bacteria in your gut might influence your chance of stroke

We all know it’s good to introduce some variety, with some yogurt or fermented vegetables, into our diet to add some variety to life but also to benefit our guts’ microbiome. Researchers are continually finding new correlations between our health and our microbiome, affecting even such things Read More...

State of Flow

The formula of “flow”: how we get in the zone at work

We’ve all experienced the fulfilling experience of “flow.” This is the immersive and usually elating state of mind we reach when we are creatively moving from one sentence to another deep into a writing project, reacting thoughtlessly and rapidly in a basketball game, or even operating at Read More...

Bored businessman and secretary playing with pencil and having fun in office meeting room. Horizontal shape, front view, waist up.

Feeling bored at work? Here’s what you should try

There are plenty of ways you can cure the boredom you feel at work, but not all of them are wise. For instance, watching something on Netflix or playing an addictive smart phone game would fall under the category of "not wise". Research shows there’s a better, wiser solution to fixing boredom: Read More...

You can take these 11 popular

You can take these 11 popular Yale courses online for free

Back in March, we shared how you can now take Yale’s most popular class, “Psychology and the Good Life,” online. Now, we are happy to share 11 additional top courses you can take for free online from the top-ranked university.  The university offers a wide variety of courses through its Read More...

A simple eye scan could be the

A simple eye scan could be the key to early autism detection

The rate of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has increased greatly in recent years, but many children still go undiagnosed. Fortunately, new research published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders has found that a non-invasive eye scan could potentially Read More...