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Human enzyme keeps mice slim

November 17, 2011 Comments are Disabled

A high-fat diet may not always pack on the pounds, new research from the Warren Alpert Medical School suggests. By successfully preventing weight gain in mice, researchers have shed light on obesity prevention in humans.

Art for the sake of science

October 13, 2011 Comments are Disabled

Science and art may appear to be distinct, but collaboration between the two, often born of necessity, makes it clear they are not mutually exclusive. The membrane between them becomes permeable in the case of data visualization, an area in which various efforts are underway on College Hill.

Flash heat rocks earthquake physics

October 13, 2011 Comments are Disabled

Rather than turning to broad-scale plate tectonics to investigate earthquakes, David Goldsby, associate professor of geological sciences, and Terry Tullis, professor emeritus of geological sciences, decided to take a closer look. Their study, published in this week’s issue of the journal Science, examines earthquake processes on a microscopic scale.

In search of the cyborg student

May 30, 2010 Comments are Disabled

If you listen closely, you can hear two sounds wafting through Salomon 001 as Associate Professor of Sociology Leah Vanwey lectures to the students in her introductory statistics class.

An addict tries to kick the habit

May 30, 2010 Comments are Disabled

During my last week of classes at Brown, I wrestled the fourth dimension and tried to travel back in time. For seven days, I vowed to stop using any technology that did not exist in 1988, the year the majority of the students in the class of 2010 were born. This meant no Internet, no e-mail, no text messaging, no thousands of songs on my iPod. I failed.

Editorials

Diamonds and coal

May 30, 2010 Comments are Disabled

The editors hand out a final round of carbon to the people and places that shaped the past four years at Brown. 

Editors’ note

May 30, 2010 Comments are Disabled

CYBORG. The word conjures up B-grade horror films. It’s a word you’d expect to find in a work of science fiction from that anxious age between the invention of the computer and the day we became comfortable with smartphones in our pockets and GPS in our cars — when we realized technology might be OK after all.

The rise of the cyborg student

May 27, 2010 Comments are Disabled

The University’s website has received its fair share of criticism since its unveiling in 2006. It can be counter-intuitive, confusing and difficult to navigate. A new design is currently in development, to find what University administrators call a “better fit” for Brown. All of this is despite sifting through 40 shades of brown and paying hefty professional design fees only four years ago, when the current class of 2010 began looking around for the right “fit” of their own.

Independent study taps human energy

April 22, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Her name is Betsy. Right now, she lives in a garage, but the students who bought her for $200 on Craigslist hope she will one day power a light bulb.