We discovered that we had developed the hottest wellhead in the world... .We knew we had this very high energy heat source, but we didn't know how to deal with the temperatures and pressures.

Wilfred Elders, emeritus professor of geology, on harnessing the heat from magma and how volcanoes could become an abundant source of energy in the future


So if you’re looking for a restorative nap, you should sleep later in the day when you have an increased amount of slow wave sleep. ... And if you’re looking for a nap that might aid your creativity, you should sleep earlier in the day when you experience more REM.

Sara Mednick, assistant professor of psychology, on how to best take a nap in different environments and times of the day


Targeting this inflammatory pathway with drugs or antibodies could be a new therapeutic strategy to treat worm infections and the associated pathology.

Meera Nair, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, on her laboratory's discovery of a human protein that could lead to more effective diagnostic and treatment strategies for worm infections and their symptoms


When examining reports of thousands of spider bites of many species worldwide, we found almost no mention of infection associated with the arachnid-inflicted injury.

Richard Vetter, retired staff research associate in entomology, on his research debunking myths about spider bites


Our findings suggest that older Americans should remain capable at making decisions in familiar domains in which they have developed sufficient expertise.

Ye Li, assistant professor of management and marketing, on how older adults' years of acquired financial expertise offset their declining ability to efficiently process information in financial decision-making


You could imagine the some Republican businessperson could emerge who’s not well known — but probably well-financed — who could maybe make a go of it.

Benjamin Bishin, professor of political science, on Senator Barbara Boxer's announcement that she will not seek a fifth term in 2016, and potential candidates who could replace her


We were really curious about why (geckos) would have lost this spectacular sort of innovation, what might be driving it and what might be the consequences of losing it.

Timothy Higham, assistant professor of biology, on his research about how some species of gecko lost their ability to climb walls


This is a very broad way of describing human personality. It's useful, but not intimate.

David Funder, distinguished professor of psychology, on his opinion on machine-learning algorithms in social media sites using things such as Facebook likes to determine their human personality


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