LHC restart has Brown particle physicists busy

: The Large Hadron Collider, which restarted over the weekend, will operate at nearly twice the energy of the previous run. Brown physicists and students will be working at the collider, looking for signs of additional Higgs bosons, heavy top quark cousins, long-lived particles and dark matter.
Media Advisory

CERN chief to speak at Brown

Rolf-Dieter Heuer, head of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), will deliver a lecture titled “Breaking the Wall of the Hidden Universe: What the Discovery of the Higgs Boson Tells Us about Physics, Mankind and the Universe” on April 20, 2015, at 4 p.m. in Barus and Holley Building, Room 166, on the Brown University campus.

Gold by special delivery intensifies cancer-killing radiation

Researchers at Brown and URI have demonstrated what could be a more precise method for targeting cancer cells for radiation. Cancer-seeking peptides ferry nanoparticles of gold to the site. The gold then helps focus radiation on the cancer cells.
In Cabo Verde

Simulation offers policy Rx for curbing HIV

The African archipelago nation of Cabo Verde could bring its HIV epidemic under control within 10 years by ramping up four interventions already underway, according to a sophisticated computer model used by Brown University public health researchers. Much of the progress could be achieved, the model predicts, by focusing the effort just on the most at-risk populations.
Op-Ed: Christina H. Paxson

Public-private ties in Jewelry District benefit schools, city, and state

In an op-ed published Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in the Providence Journal, Brown University President Christina Paxson shows how the Jewelry District can be the cornerstone of a bright future for Rhode Island — “a vibrant ecosystem of academics, commerce, and innovation.”

Study finds cancer link for muscle-building supplements

A new study associates taking muscle-building supplements with an increased risk of testicular cancer. Men who used such pills and powders were more likely to have developed testicular cancer than those who did not, especially if they started before age 25, took more than one supplement, or used the supplements for three or more years.

Study tallies huge cost of hepatitis C drugs for RI prisons

Correctional systems are obliged to treat inmates but, as a new study of Rhode Island prisons shows, treating every chronically infected inmate in the state with expensive but effective hepatitis C drugs would cost nearly twice as much as the entire correctional health budget. Treating only the sickest would still far outstrip the pharmaceutical budget.
Biologically inspired engineering

Sea sponge anchors are natural models of strength

The Venus’ flower basket sea sponge has hair-like appendages that hold it in place on the sea floor. Research led by Brown University engineers shows that the internal structure of those fibers is fine-tuned for strength. The findings from this natural system could inform the engineering of load-bearing structural members.
Questions for Dr. Adam Levine

A new score for predicting Ebola risk

Dr. Adam Levine spent last fall fighting Ebola in Bong County, Liberia. Using data from there, he and several co-authors have calculated a simple, sensitive, and specific score for triaging a patient’s Ebola risk.
Commentary: Bertram Malle

How to raise a moral robot

Bertram Malle, professor of cognitive, linguistic, and psychological sciences, is co-leader of the Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative, which studies human-robot interactions that can meet pressing societal needs and also raise important ethical, legal and economic questions. This essay first appeared in Live Science. Spoiler alert: This article references the film Chappie.