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‘Portal-ble’ uses a smartphone and sensor to recreate people’s hands in a virtual world. Users can handle virtual objects and draw pictures in their surroundings.

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‘Portal-ble’ reimagines reality by opening window into world of AR

October 25, 2019 0 comments

Imagine grabbing a block from a stack on a table, throwing a ball toward a caricature in your backyard in a game of Pokemon GO or lighting up a dim room — only to realize that the cubes, the ball, the Pokemon pal and the illuminating lantern do not actually exist.

University researchers investigate volcanic activity

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University researchers investigate volcanic activity

October 23, 2019 0 comments

In an effort to better understand volcanic activity and its origins on Earth and beyond, University researchers have examined the creation of magma chambers to help explain why these chambers exist at relatively the same depth across the globe.

Wildfire control challenging in warming climate

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Wildfire control challenging in warming climate

October 22, 2019 0 comments

In the same week that wildfire-prevention blackouts were imposed on hundreds of thousands of Northern Californians, a study on the past 1400 years of wildfire activity in California’s Sierra Nevada region revealed that climate change will bring more burning in California’s future.

Brenda Rubenstein ’07 was named to the Talented 12 Class of 2019, which honors young researchers for contributions to their fields.

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Chemistry professor honored for quantum work

October 16, 2019 0 comments

Brenda Rubenstein ’07, assistant professor of chemistry, was recently named to the Talented 12 Class of 2019. This exclusive distinction is given to researchers in varying chemical disciplines and from varying backgrounds to highlight their early-career work.

Lorin Crawford received a PhD in biostatistics from Duke University before joining the University in 2017.

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University biostatistician Crawford excels in lab, mentorship

October 15, 2019 0 comments

If someone asked Lorin Crawford, an assistant professor of biostatistics, where he saw himself a decade after finishing high school, Crawford could not have guessed that in 2019, he would receive accolades including a spot in Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science.

$6.3 million DARPA grant boosts spinal repair research

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$6.3 million DARPA grant boosts spinal repair research

October 11, 2019 0 comments

A $6.3 million research grant from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will allow University researchers to develop an implantable spinal device to help repair neural connections in the spine.

The Plavicki lab uses zebrafish as a model organism to understand the DNA regulatory transcription factor sox9b and its relation to the heart, brain and other physiological systems.

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University scientists see effects of environmental contamination in zebrafish

October 4, 2019 0 comments

Since 2016, the Plavicki lab has explored the ways that environmental contaminants, which are chemical stressors, affect the brain and heart development of zebrafish.

Recent University study finds link between diet, gut microbiome, antibiotics

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Recent University study finds link between diet, gut microbiome, antibiotics

October 2, 2019 1 comment

When a person takes an antibiotic, which is intended to kill bacteria in the human body, the medicine can also wreak havoc on healthy bacteria inside the stomach. A recent study by Peter Belenky, an assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the University…

The Big Bang Science Fair, which took place at WaterFire Saturday evening, included speakers, workshops and booth activities to engage community members in science and increase interest in STEM.

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Community science fair kindles curiosity in STEM

October 1, 2019 0 comments

Golden embers flickered and twirled, darting out of the flames that leaned over the Providence River where crowds had gathered under an assemblage of white, pop-up tents for the second annual Big Bang Science Fair late Saturday evening.

‘Craving to quit’ app teaches mindfulness to counter smoking addiction

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‘Craving to quit’ app teaches mindfulness to counter smoking addiction

September 27, 2019 0 comments

For smokers looking for alternatives to help wean themselves off nicotine, researchers at the School of Public Health have a new option — a mindfulness app.