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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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R.I. signs electric vehicle initiative

Rhode Island became one of eight states to sign an initiative promoting the use of electric vehicles in the pursuit of greener transportation and cleaner air Oct. 24. The initiative includes adding more charging stations and creating incentives for consumers to purchase electric cars, such as carpool ...


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Lecture outlines long-term welfare effects

Children who receive welfare may have better educational, economic and health outcomes later in life, said Anna Aizer, associate professor of economics and public policy, at a lecture at the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions Tuesday afternoon. Aizer began the presentation, ...


The Setonian
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Science & Research Roundup: Nov. 6, 2013

Nanoparticle research may spur development of alternative fuels University researchers have found that gold nanoparticles can help convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, according to a University press release. The research was led by Professor of Chemistry Shouheng Sun and Wenlei Zhu GS, a ...


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Software teaches children to manage allergies

A computer game developed to help children learn to control their peanut allergies is being tested in a pilot trial led by Elizabeth McQuaid, research associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School and a staff psychologist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The project ...


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Profs praise brain stimulation initiative

University professors lauded a federal initiative to fund brain research aims to improve treatment for a variety of neurological and psychiatric conditions that was announced last week. Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the initiative will allocate more than $70 million over ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Oct. 30, 2013

Link between HIV and HPV risk confirmed in men While the link between human papillomavirus infection and human immunodeficiency virus has been studied in females in the past, a new study by University researchers in the Department of Epidemiology has found this link in males as well. Examining data ...


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Study links rat and human brain functioning

Humans and rats have cognitive similarities when reacting to their own errors, according to new research conducted at Brown and Yale. The findings could help further research aiming to treat problems involving a brain mechanism known as adaptive control, the authors wrote in the study, published in ...


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Minority groups underrepresented in STEM fields

While ethnic and racial groups that have historically comprised a minority of the U.S. population are growing in size and influence, they remain underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics both nationally and at Brown. Administrators and higher education experts ...


The Setonian
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Speakers warn of concussion dangers

Kevin Robinson has been knocked unconscious 30 times and received more than 100 concussions in his 23-year career as a professional BMX rider. “Nobody’s ever taken (head injury) seriously,” he said in a lecture Thursday at the Alpert Medical School entitled “Diagnosed with a Concussion, Now ...


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Researchers study jubilant jumping frog

At the Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee in California — made famous in Mark Twain’s short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” — three researchers discovered potential flaws  in the study of the maximal jumping performance of bullfrogs, lending insight into why Jubilee ...


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Mentor program launches with mummy unwrapping

A mummy unwrapping party marked the launch of a mentoring partnership between the Egyptology-Ancient West Asian Studies Department Undergraduate Group and the Egyptology department’s graduate students Thursday night. Julia Troche GS said the party was fitting for a social event among undergraduates, ...






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