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Digital kindness boots up the heart

“Thank you for being you.” Such a sentence may be found once a year inside a Valentine’s Day card — or every day, on Brown University Compliments, a Facebook page that was started by BlogDailyHerald just before Thanksgiving 2012. The page, which provides a forum for Brown students to submit ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Feb. 13, 2013

Fruit fly disease results from dual mutations Though nuclear DNA is more commonly studied than mitochondrial DNA, concurrent mutations in both can result in unique diseases. In a study published last month in the journal PLOS Genetics, researchers from Brown and Indiana University examined a fruit ...


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Prof’s book explores ‘illicit trade’

Often overlooked pieces of American history — the black market condom trade, the emergence of the porn industry and smuggling jewelry from Europe to the United States using cadavers  — are brought to the forefront in a book by Peter Andreas, professor of political science and interim director of ...


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Famous schizophrenic patient reevaluated

While great scientists are remembered for their fields of study, patients whose illnesses are the basis for that research only rarely reach that level of fame. Schizophrenic patient Daniel Paul Schreber is immortalized by his memoir — “the most written about text in modern psychoanalysis,” said ...


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Lecturer questions views on space exploration

Those who consider space “the last frontier” may not have thought reaching for the stars would pose a threat to Earth. In his lecture “The Sky is the Limit: The Errors and Dangers of Space Expansionism,” Daniel Deudney, associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, criticized ...


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Gun violence scholars face data, funding barriers

President Obama’s recent executive orders on gun violence in America will increase gun-related research on the University campus — a field that has been stifled since a 1996 statute barred federal agencies such as the Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health from funding ...


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Prof. named Leopold Leadership fellow

Assistant Professor of Biology Stephen Porder was awarded the Leopold Leadership Fellowship, which aims to train environmental scientists to share research with the general public and policymakers in order to effect positive change. Porder received the fellowship last week. “I think (Porder) sees ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Feb. 6, 2013

Hospice use and ‘unwanted care’ on rise Though the percentage of seniors who died within three days of beginning hospice care nearly doubled between 2000 and 2009, the proportion of dying seniors in intensive care also rose, according to research co-authored by Joan Teno MS’90, professor of health ...


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Hypnotism probes minds, delights audience

It is not often one finds college students screaming about aliens and singing top 40 songs they barely know, but last night, that seemed to be the norm — at least for a couple of hours. During Frank Santos, Jr.’s hypnosis show, held Thursday at the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center, students mimed ...


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Team to build energy-independent house

A team of students from Brown, the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt in Germany will be one of 20 teams competing to build the best energy-independent solar house in the European Department of Education Solar Decathlon in June 2014. The team learned of its ...


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Saper ’12 maps Martian landscape

In the spring semester of his junior year, Lee Saper ’12 began a journey that would let him explore the surface of Mars. In 2011, Saper applied for the Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium, a NASA-funded scholarship for undergraduate research. The scholarship — in addition to a conversation Saper ...


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Science & Research Roundup: Jan. 30, 2013

Intervention may prevent depression in young mothers An interpersonal intervention program called REACH might be an effective way to prevent postpartum depression in adolescent mothers, according to a Women and Infants Hospital study that included three Brown researchers as authors. The study was ...


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Study investigates marijuana dependence

Though only 9 percent of people who have ever used marijuana become dependent on it, frequent usage is often accompanied by problems such as the tendency to procrastinate and a decrease in energy and memory, according to a new study by researchers at the University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction ...


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Mars team ready to analyze planet’s surface

The Curiosity rover may have landed on the Red Planet months ago, but the work of the researchers on the science team — including Ralph Milliken MS ’03 PhD ’06, assistant professor of geological sciences — is far from over. The NASA Mars Science Laboratory Rover mission aims to probe at the ...


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Severe flu virus hits nation early this year

During a lecture to his BIOL 0530: “Principles of Immunology” students last semester, Richard Bungiro, lecturer in biology, invited workers from Health Services on stage to inject him with this year’s influenza vaccine. “I guess you could call it a publicity stunt,” he said. After class, ...


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Study finds smoking worsens hangovers

On your next night at the Whiskey Republic, leave the cigarettes at home — smoking could lead to a worse hangover, according to a new study from Brown’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. The research was published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs earlier this month. To conduct ...





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