Bacteria swim with bodies and flagella

: Using a new technique to track the swimming motion of a single bacterium, researchers have discovered that the movement of the bacterium’s body — not just thrust from the flagellum — allow movement through fluids. The finding could shed new light on the evolution of cell body shape.

Diagnostic criteria for Christianson syndrome

A new study provides the most definitive characterization of the autism-like intellectual disability disorder Christianson syndrome and provides the first diagnostic criteria to help doctors and families identify and understand the condition. Initial evidence suggests CS could affect tens of thousands of boys worldwide.

KieranTimberlake to design new engineering building

The architecture firm KieranTimberlake will design a new building for Brown's School of Engineering. The facility will provide new lab space for the School's expanding research efforts. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015.

Students relish Solar Decathlon experience

The 2014 Solar Decathlon has drawn to a close. The RISD/Brown/Erfurt team brought home top ten finishes in four events, along with an experience they’ll never forget. Techstyle Haus, their one-of-a-kind solar home, now heads for its final stop — an arts retreat in France where it will serve as housing for visiting artists.

Researchers discover boron “buckyball”

The discovery of buckyballs — soccer-ball-shaped molecules of carbon — helped usher in the nanotechnology era. Now, Lai-Sheng Wang’s research group and colleagues from China have shown that boron, carbon’s neighbor on the periodic table, can form a cage-like molecule similar to the buckyball. Until now, such a boron structure had only been a theoretical speculation. The researchers dubbed their newfound nanostructure “borospherene.”

Brown physicists part of “second generation” dark matter experiments

LUX-ZEPLIN, a dark matter search experiment co-founded by Brown physicist Rick Gaitskell, is among the "next generation" of dark matter searches endorsed by DOE and NSF. The new detector will build on the work done by the LUX experiment, which is currently operating deep underground in South Dakota. Construction on the supersized detector is scheduled to begin in 2016.

Virtual crowds produce real behavior insights

William Warren’s research group is advancing virtual reality technology in the service of studying the science of the swarm: how patterns of crowd movement emerge from individual behaviors. He described his work June 29 in a keynote address to a conference in Vancouver.

Sustaining today's resources for future users

With sustainability a constant and global concern, the present-day users of both non-renewable and potentially renewable resources must take into account what will be left over for future generations. In a study in the July 11 issue of Nature, researchers devise an 'Intergenerational Goods Game' to determine what mechanisms can maintain cooperation with the future. Louis Putterman, chair and professor of economics, explains the study in a “News and Views” column in that issue. He spoke with Courtney Coelho about the research and its implications.

Annenberg initiative awarded $50K

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform has been awarded a $50,000 grant to support the Urban Philanthropists Network a new initiative that brings together organizations working to prepare disadvantaged students for college.