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Obama policy requires data accessibility

The Obama administration announced a new policy last month to increase public access to federally financed research, including University research funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. The policy requires government-funded agencies that spend more than $100 million a ...


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Researchers find relapse may be preventable

Stress-induced addiction relapse may be preventable by blocking receptors in the part of the brain responsible for sex, pleasure and motivation, according to a study by researchers at Brown and Penn. Their research was published in the journal Neuron last week. Stress and addiction affect similar pathways ...


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Prof highlights human influence on environment

“We’re all post-nuclear creatures,” said Joseph Masco, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago, as he stood in front of a world map with flashing circles representing all the nuclear tests and explosions that occurred between 1945 and 1998. He attributed this classification  ...


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Excavation results visualized in new lab

After spending years excavating the ruins of Notre Dame d’Ourscamp, a medieval French monastery, Sheila Bonde, professor of archaelogy and history of art and architecture, displayed visuals depicting the daily lives of medieval  monks in the new Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab Thursday night. Bonde’s ...


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Science & Research Roundup: March 13, 2013

Researchers discover new treatment for drug-resistant HIV Scientists at the Miriam Hospital found that patients with drug-resistant strains of HIV can suppress the virus through treatment plans that do not include the typical HIV drugs, GoLocalProv reported last week. The research was led by Professor ...


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Speaker describes preserving medieval texts

The process of conserving medieval books requires knowledge of specific materials, art history and bookbinding, said Abigail Quandt, head of the department of Book and Paper Conservation at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore in a lecture at the John Carter Brown Library Tuesday night. Her talk, which ...


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Researchers seek funds to map human brain

A team of scientists, including Director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science and Professor of Neuroscience John Donoghue ’79, released a proposal Thursday that clarifies the goals and methods of the Brain Activity Map in the journal Science. The project has generated media buzz since February, ...


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Visiting scholar links Buddhism and physics

hysics offers “crisper” analogies for meditation than traditional Buddhism does, said Fred Cooper, external professor at Santa Fe Institute and former program director for theoretical physics at the National Science Foundation at a lecture last night. Cooper, who has studied physics and meditation ...


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Wireless option developed for brain-powered device

University neuroengineers have created a new device that may allow people with paralysis to use their thoughts to control robotic limbs wirelessly. The implantable cerebral mechanism can wirelessly transmit brain signals to a receiver, which can then be interpreted by a computer. The device was described ...


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Science Center birthday features sweet treat

A room full of students gobbled down lemon wedges yesterday in celebration of the Science Center’s third anniversary. But it wasn’t a sour experience — the students had just sampled “miracle berries,” which make acidic food taste sweet. This is the second year in a row the Science Center ...


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Science & Research Roundup: March 6

Researchers develop simplified climate change modeling program Researchers including Professor of Physics James Marston presented a new technique that could simplify the process of modeling climate change in a study published Tuesday in the journal Physical Review Letters. The process generally requires ...


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Prof explores ‘neuroeconomics’ in lecture

The task is simple: Upon seeing eight candy bars, choose your favorite. But instead of picking candy at Little Jo’s, undergraduates chose these bars in the lab of Paul Glimcher, a professor of neural science, economics and psychology at New York University, as part of an experiment exploring how people ...


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Speakers address role of U. in aid efforts

Humanitarian assistance in response to crises such as Hurricane Katrina and genocide in Darfur requires a coordinated and professional effort. In an inaugural University symposium Saturday, academics discussed the role of universities in addressing these situations. “Social responsibility and social ...


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Potential fossil fuel alternative found in polymer

In developing alternatives to fossil fuels, one possibility lies in the polymer lignin, whose components can be engineered to develop fuel. Most microorganisms cannot break down lignin, but in a study published earlier this month in the journal Nucleic Acids Research, Brown researchers described a ...


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Science faculty dominate admin search committee

The search committee for a new vice president for research has launched the selection process and expects to fill the position within the month, said Provost Mark Schlissel P’15. Five out of the seven faculty members on the committee, which Schlissel formed, work in math and the life and physical ...


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