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Study finds minorities receive subpar anxiety care

Ethnic minorities are less likely to receive adequate treatment for anxiety disorders than non-minorities, according to the results of a new study from University researchers. The researchers evaluated a number of different factors, such as the income and education level of patients receiving treatment ...


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Students attend U.N. climate conference

The University sent two student delegations over the past two weeks to the 19th Convention of Parties, an annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which serves as a platform for negotiations and assessments of international progress in reducing carbon emissions. The ...


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Lecture links biotechnology to capitalism

Understanding biotechnology is impossible without considering capitalism, said Hallam Stevens, an assistant professor at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore, during a lecture Wednesday night. A small group of students and faculty members gathered in Barus and Holley 190 to hear his talk, part ...


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Study preps mission to Martian moon

A recent study by University geologists will help inform a Russian mission to the Martian moon, Phobos. The mission, which is planned to launch mid-2020, will be the first to return with deep-space material, including material from Mars and will potentially answer questions about Phobos’ origin. The ...


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Study examines elderly population

Shifting dynamics of the United States’ elderly population include increased racial and economic diversity and a more prominent role of grandparents in their families’ lives as adult children rely more on their mothers and fathers for support, according to a recent study published Nov. 6. The report, ...


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U. acquires sole spectrometers in R.I.

In a small room in the Geological Sciences building  — where it is about 70 degrees Farenheight and 55 percent humidity — resides the University’s two plasma mass spectrometers. The larger of the contraptions measures the isotope, or the structure of an element, according to its atomic mass and ...


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Study examines rainforest after El Nino

Findings from a study showing that the impacts of extreme drought conditions and high temperatures vary across a tropical rainforest’s landscape have implications for understanding global warming trends. The findings of Carlos Silva GS and Jim Kellner, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary ...


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Study finds effect of sleep on visual learning

As it turns out, falling asleep soon after studying might help you remember what you just read, according to findings that researchers in Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences Takeo Wantanabe’s lab presented at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, CA last Sunday. From ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Nov. 20, 2013

Prenatal cocaine exposure affects adolescent risk-taking Adolescents who grow up in adverse environments are likelier to “engage in risk-taking behaviors,” according to a new study published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics last week. The study involved a multi-institution ...


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Enzyme increase prolongs life span of fruit flies

Extending an organism’s life simply by increasing the concentration of an enzyme may be possible, thanks to groundbreaking results from a study on gene expression led by Robert Reenan, professor of biology, in collaboration with several graduate students and field experts. The idea for the research ...


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Study links sleep and obesity

Getting adequate sleep “could help prevent excess weight gain over time” in children, according to a new study conducted by Chantelle Hart, a former assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior who is now an associate professor at Temple University. The study, published online Nov. 4, examined ...


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SSERVI to explore infinity and beyond

With November marking the 13th year of permanent human residence at the International Space Station, NASA is beginning to look for new opportunities for space exploration. Its new Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute will team up with 19 researchers from Brown to develop a scientific ...


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U. research shapes science startups

Academics have escaped the ivory tower and are using research findings in attempts to better the world. A recent report from the Science Coalition, an advocacy group of research universities including Brown, highlighted nearly 200 startup companies that were directly inspired by academic research. ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Nov. 13, 2013

Human odometer Humans continually estimate distances — whether while guessing if there is enough time to cross the street before a car passes by, calculating how far a Frisbee should be thrown or pondering how long it will take to walk to the mall. The internal human odometer was the subject of ...


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Study finds comparable speed in metal, wooden bats

In the wake of the World Series, many hopeful young players will head to the batting cages to emulate the swings of major leaguers with one key difference: They will use metal, not wooden bats. But according to a new biomechanics study conducted in part by University researchers, the performance of ...


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Project digs deep for dark matter

A research experiment taking place one mile below Earth’s surface is on track to discovering dark matter, largely thanks to Brown researchers. Though dark matter has yet to be detected by researchers, it is believed to constitute 85 percent of the universe’s total matter, said Richard Gaitskell, ...


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