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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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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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