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Talk examines political, societal consequences of oil

For the problems caused by oil, “We can’t just blame African countries and oil companies, we must also examine the actions of our own government and lifestyles,” said Kairn Klieman, associate professor of history at the University of Houston in a lecture entitled “The Politics of Oil Dependence.” Addressing ...


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Blood test may identify concussion, new study shows

Physicians may be able to tell if a person suffered a concussion by performing a simple blood test, according to a new study by University researchers. The team of brain injury specialists, which included professors and physicians from Alpert Medical School, pinpointed a set of biomarker proteins whose ...


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Science & Research Roundup: March 19, 2015

Under the sea By examining layers of sediment from deep under the ocean floor, a research expedition led by a University professor aims to reconstruct more than 15 million years of monsoon history, according to a University press release. Steven Clemens, associate professor of earth, environmental and ...


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Breaking down barriers to the IUD

“We need to bring the sex back into birth control,” said Larry Swiader, senior director of digital media at Bedsider, an online educational resource on birth control operated by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “Sex is better and healthier when you have the peace ...


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Lecture deliciously blends cooking, math

“For most of my career, I taught classes that people fall asleep in,” said Michael Brenner, professor of applied mathematics and physics at Harvard. But in a lecture Tuesday evening in a packed Salomon 101, Brenner, along with Mark Ladner, executive chef of the Michelin-starred Del Posto restaurant ...


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Brothers explore future of visual Turing tests

A new test developed by researchers at Brown and Johns Hopkins University could allow for vast improvements in the ability of computer vision systems to recognize objects. The research team constructed a “visual Turing test” to evaluate how computer vision systems understand images compared to humans, ...


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Ziya Gokaslan hired as new chief of neurosurgery

Ziya Gokaslan P’18 was recently appointed as chairman of the department of neurosurgery at the Alpert Medical School, chief of neurosurgery at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital and clinical director of the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute, according to a March 5 press release from ...


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Hawking film explores love, not universe

This article is the third in an ongoing series, Science at the Cinema, which explores research and researchers portrayed in film. A heart-wrenching tale of Stephen Hawking’s love life and passion for physics, “The Theory of Everything” is a big bang for talented acting but not for scientific depth. ...


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Craig Mello ’82 gives biology keynote

Updated March 10, 2015 at 3:38 p.m. “Gene expression is really simple. Everyone should know it and feel comfortable thinking about it,” said Nobel laureate Craig Mello ’82, professor of molecular medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, at a lecture Saturday morning in a packed ...


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Gene found to drive fertility in male mice

University biologists recently discovered a specific gene in human males that may be essential to sperm production later in life. In a study published in the February issue of the journal Stem Cells, researchers revealed that the loss of the protein TAF4b in male mice results in premature infertility. ...


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Research links HIV, smoking, relationships

HIV interventions should be expanded to incorporate relationship dynamics and involve smoking cessation methods, according to results from a study led by a University researcher. The study recruited male couples in its investigation of the association between smoking behavior, HIV disease management ...


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Study explores neuroscience of extroversion

An extrovert can be classified as one of two types: the “affiliative” people person who finds reward in connecting with others and the “agentic” high flyer who pursues social interactions in order to best advance his or her own goals. Differences between these two types may lie not just in personality ...



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