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Science & Research

Study shows efficiency of bat flight

April 19, 2012 Comments are Disabled

By folding wings toward their bodies on the upstroke, bats use 35 percent less energy and reduce aerodynamic drag, compensating for heavy muscular wings.

Protein’s location connected to cancer cell survival

April 19, 2012 Comments are Disabled

What do real estate and the cancerous protein survivin have in common? The answer, according to a recent study by University researchers, is location, location, location. 

Speaker links cognitive science and religion

April 19, 2012 Comments are Disabled

Science can explain why humans believe in God, but that explanation does not discredit God’s existence, Justin Barrett, professor of psychology at the Fuller Theological Seminary, told an audience of about 250 at  the University’s third annual Veritas Forum in Salomon 101 Wednesday night.

The 168 solar panels adorning the aquatics center provide 10 percent of its energy.

University News

Solar-thermal panel installation largest in country

April 16, 2012 Comments are Disabled

Brown is now home to the largest installation of hybrid solar-thermal panels in the country. The 168 panels, which cover half the roof of the Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, will provide around 10 percent of the building’s energy needs – equivalent to the number of panels it would take to power 10 homes, said Kai Morrell ’11, energy and environmental outreach coordinator for the Department of Facilities Management.

Senator tours U.’s environmental cleanup facility

April 13, 2012 1 comment

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., toured the University’s Superfund Research Program facility Monday. With 14 research groups nationwide, the Superfund program focuses on developing ways to clean up environmental damage.

Neural study examines image-specific responses

April 13, 2012 Comments are Disabled

  In a study published Thursday in the journal Neuron, Professor of Neuroscience David Sheinberg and Luke Wolosyzn GS argue for the existence of small neural networks that fire up when we look at different images. 

Museum director promotes collaboration

April 13, 2012 Comments are Disabled

John Durant, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum, spoke Thursday evening about the challenges that science museums face in reaching out to scientists. He advocated the creation of a collaborative effort to combat those obstacles. 

Conference fosters innovation of materials

April 11, 2012 Comments are Disabled

The School of Engineering hosted  a conference over spring break that brought together academics, professionals and representatives from the federal government to discuss the future of new materials technologies and the Materials Genome Initiative.

Lecture dispels vaccine myths

April 11, 2012 Comments are Disabled

Students gathered to learn more about the science behind vaccines and the importance of vaccination for public health and society at “Vaccination Fascination: a Mythbuster Seminar.”

Ancient form of justice survives in baseball

April 11, 2012 Comments are Disabled

What do ninth century Iceland and Boston Red Sox games have in common? According to a recent study by Fiery Cushman, assistant professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the two have more in common than one might think. The cultures of both ancient Iceland and baseball exhibit vicarious punishment, a form of revenge in which the victim is not personally responsible for the transgression.