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Meditation study links history to science

Practitioners of Buddhist meditation have reported seeing globes, jewels and little stars during meditation-induced light experiences. The neurobiological explanation for these visions was the subject of a recent study led by Willoughby Britton, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Jan. 29, 2014

Rhode Island doctor Milton Hamolsky dies at 92 Professor Emeritus of Medical Science Milton Hamolsky died Jan. 18 after a lifetime of accomplishment in the medical field. Hamolsky played a role in creating the Alpert Medical School, the Providence Journal reported. After arriving in Providence in ...


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Humans’ most distant animal relative found

The comb jelly — a shapeless, squishy blob that reflects the colors around it — may be our most distant animal relative, according to a study conducted by an international team of researchers that included Assistant Professor of Biology Casey Dunn. The study was published last month in the journal ...


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Animal welfare complaint filed against researchers

An animal welfare group has filed a claim with federal regulators alleging that a study examining alcohol’s effects on pigs led by an Alpert Medical School faculty member violated the Animal Welfare Act. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit based in Washington that promotes ...


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Profs. inducted into inventors’ academy

Since 1989, Edith Mathiowitz, professor of molecular pharmacology, physiology and biotechnology, has been issued 30 patents, many of which relate to her work on the development of an insulin pill that could improve the treatment of diabetes. For her work, Mathiowitz, along with Professor of Physics ...


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Prof. granted $1.6M for diabetes research

The American Diabetes Association awarded $1.6 million to Wolfgang Peti, associate professor of medical science, for his research on type 2 diabetes earlier this month.  Peti was one of five researchers to receive a special award given to those just entering the diabetes research world, according ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Jan. 22, 2014

Two distinct motors drive cilia movement University physicists determined that two distinct motor mechanisms of cilia — tiny, stringy fibers — are at work in a single cell. The presence of two different modes of movement could help scientists understand how cilia have adapted to perform a wide ...


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Affiliated prof. finds bill cleaning method

Carbon dioxide may soon become a key player in the financial industry. Over the past six months, Nabil Lawandy, an affiliated professor of engineering and physics, and his former graduate student Andrei Smuk PhD ’00, have used a derivative of carbon dioxide to effectively clean paper money without ...


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Alzheimer’s-linked gene affects babies’ brains

Brains of infants carrying a gene associated with Alzheimer’s disease develop differently than those of non-carriers, according to a recent study published by researchers at Brown and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix. The study, published Nov. 25 in the journal JAMA Neurology, details the ...






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