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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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Engineering symposium offers insight on research

HAZMAT suits could have a new look and house contaminants could be better monitored if the research in various University engineering labs yields applicable results. Representatives from the labs presented their work to approximately 30 undergraduates at the inaugural Engineering Undergraduate Research ...


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Study reveals benefits of meditation

Mindfulness meditation may play a role in preventing depression relapse and in managing chronic pain, according to new neuroscientific research led by Catherine Kerr, assistant professor of family medicine at Alpert Medical School and the director of translational neuroscience for Brown’s Contemplative ...


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R.I. holds first Brain Bee competition

High schoolers descended on campus Saturday afternoon to put their neurons to work, answering questions about topics that included memory, sleep and addiction in Rhode Island’s first Brain Bee, a neuroscience trivia competition for high school students, hosted by the Department of Neuroscience. John ...


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Prof researches Samoan obesity epidemic

By economic standards, the American territory in Samoa is relatively successful. But rapid modernization on this small Pacific island came at a price — two-thirds of adults are obese, the highest rate of any region in the world. Stephen McGarvey, professor of epidemiology and anthropology, has devoted ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Feb. 20

Snack size affects the chomp of the predator University researchers have discovered the size of a predator’s prey affects the bite force of the predator, according to a Feb. 12 University press release. The researchers trained carp — a kind of fish with relatively simple jaws — to eat ceramic ...


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Harvard prof talks human nature, violence

In a talk that combined hard neuroscience with historical analysis, Steven Pinker, Harvard professor of psychology, discussed the nature of human violence and its decline over time. Pinker addressed an audience of several hundred community members in Salomon Hall Tuesday night as part of a lecture ...


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Lecture combines art and mental healing

rtist and psychiatric social worker Jane Hesser spoke about how her artistic work influences her clinical practice at last night’s lecture installment in the Creative Medicine series. Hesser spoke to an audience of about 30 people in the Pembroke Center. “The process of healing and the process ...





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