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Study links hypertension and dementia

High blood pressure — also known as hypertension — may have previously unforeseen implications for the brain that can even cause dementia in some older adults, according to a study published by a team of researchers including several from Brown.  “Hypertension can lead to vascular narrowing,” ...


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New model allows for analysis of fetal fat tissue

A new model in mice, developed by University researchers, could aid the understanding of human fat tissue growth in fetuses. In the study, published in the Journal of Lipid Research Sept. 5, the researchers transplanted the living fat tissue of human fetuses into mice, where the tissue grew in vivo. ...


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Lost Museum resurrects long-discarded artifacts

The typical museum seeks to preserve a part of the past so that future generations may learn from its artifacts. The Lost Museum, a recently opened installation in Rhode Island Hall, takes a slightly different approach, preserving a museum itself so that visitors can draw conclusions from the objects ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Sept. 10, 2014

Grad student determines best way to see through cells While three-dimensional cell cultures are often more realistic than two-dimensional ones, they are more difficult to view due to their complex, multi-layered structure. This challenge led Molly Boutin GS to set out to determine the best existing ...


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Students play ‘Chicken’ in Faunce

Students got to experience life from the eyes of a chicken they may have eaten during a virtual reality simulation hosted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Monday and Tuesday in the basement of Faunce House. The exhibit, “I, Chicken,” stopped on campus during a countrywide college ...


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Law to reduce concussions lacks impact

In recent years, sports-related concussions — especially in young athletes involved in high-impact sports — have become a topic of widespread discussion and concern. Responding to growing worries about student concussions, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed the School and Youth Programs Concussions ...


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UTRA projects pursue eclectic research

This summer, the Undergraduate Teaching and Research Awards program sponsored projects ranging from perfecting the flight of drones to mentoring local high school students and even exploring the meaning of time. Since the 1980s, the UTRA program has fostered intellectual development and creativity ...


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Donoghue to launch Swiss neuroengineering center

Universities experience a constant turnover of faculty members and students, so ideas are frequently lost, said John Donoghue, professor of neuroscience and director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science. Students become experts in certain skills and techniques, but then they move on, and many of ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Sept. 3, 2014

Carbon dioxide and copper prove useful Rather than billowing into the sky as air pollution, excess carbon dioxide may provide an ingredient for manufacturing industrial chemicals, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University’s Center for the Capture and Conversion of Carbon Dioxide. The ...


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Study explores mouse sensory perception

Attempts to control the brain through direct stimulation have a long history in neuroscientific study, dating back to the ancient Egyptians, said Christopher Moore, associate professor of neuroscience. Moore and his colleagues have continued this line of inquiry in a study, published in Nature Neuroscience ...


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HPV vaccination safe for HIV patients

Though effectively vaccinating HIV patients against other viruses can be difficult due to their weakened immune systems, the human papillomavirus vaccine shows promise for creating the desired immune response in HIV-positive women, according to the results of an international clinical trial led by Erna ...


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Science & Research Roundup: April 21, 2014

Geological glass discovery could lead to increased knowledge about Mars When an asteroid or comet collides with Earth, soil and rock melt. Once these materials cool, they can form glass. A research team led by Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences Peter Schultz recently discovered that such glass ...





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