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Ban on ‘mitochondrial replacement’ dooms children, experts say

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Ban on ‘mitochondrial replacement’ dooms children, experts say

April 25, 2018 0 comments

Nestled within the 2016 federal spending bill is a brief unrelated provision, or “rider,” which became law in December of 2015.

Contemplative studies examines future growth, addresses past criticism

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Contemplative studies examines future growth, addresses past criticism

April 23, 2018 0 comments

For 11 hours a day, Lan Anh Pham ’18 meditated under rigorous Vipassana tradition in rural Wisconsin as part of a 10-day meditation retreat during her sophomore year.

University doctoral candidate investigates dwindling rabbit species native to campus

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University doctoral candidate investigates dwindling rabbit species native to campus

April 23, 2018 0 comments

It is hard to believe that the wide-eyed, puffy-tailed rabbits that scurry around campus are actually an invasive species, while the species native to the region is disappearing.

Researchers study kimchi fermentation

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Researchers study kimchi fermentation

April 22, 2018 0 comments

Kimchi, a Korean side dish composed of seasoned, fermented vegetables, has become popular in recent years, especially among health-conscious consumers.

Baylor Fox-Kemper will work with 20 other scientists to write a chapter of the IPCC report to explain ocean dynamics, sea levels and the cryosphere.

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University scientist to contribute to next global climate report

April 22, 2018 0 comments

Baylor Fox-Kemper, associate professor of earth, environmental and planetary sciences, was selected as a coordinating lead author for a chapter of the next global climate assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Kenneth Miller ’70 dissects free will in new book

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Kenneth Miller ’70 dissects free will in new book

April 20, 2018 0 comments

What began as a debate in 1981 between Professor of Biology Kenneth Miller ’70 and scientific creationist Henry Morris has evolved into the publication of a biology textbook, involvement in court cases and the publication of books “The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will.”

Researchers have found that Sumatran rhinoceroses, which are close to extinction, were driven from their habitats by agriculture practices, disputing the idea that they were genetically doomed to die out.

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Sumatran rhinos nearing extinction due to farming, hunting

April 20, 2018 0 comments

Sumatran rhinoceroses once inhabited a vast expanse of land in mainland East Asia, according to a new study by University professors.

$100 million gift to bolster brain science research

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$100 million gift to bolster brain science research

April 18, 2018 0 comments

The Brown Institute for Brain Science is receiving a $100 million gift from Robert Carney ’61 and Nancy Carney, one of the largest single donations ever given to the University.

Thirty University students, alums chosen for grants

Thirty University students, alums chosen for grants

April 15, 2018 0 comments

After proposing projects on topics ranging from particle physics to the mechanisms of chewing in animals, 30 University students and alums have been selected as winners of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship.

Firas Khatib, assistant professor in computer and information science at UMass Dartmouth, created a video game that helps solve protein-folding problems and harnesses  “human intelligence on a mass scale.”

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Educational program unites video games, protein folding

April 12, 2018 0 comments

Imagine playing a video game that also makes scientific contributions to the field of computational biology.