July 10, 2014
John Donoghue will head to Geneva for a year-long sabbatical in 2015 to help launch the Wyss Center for Bio- and Neuro- Engineering.
July 7, 2014
Only one in five properties in Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket that are covered by Rhode Island’s lead hazard mitigation law were in compliance with the statute more than four years after it took effect, according to a study by a local team of academic, government, and nonprofit researchers. Many exempt dwellings also seem likely to harbor hazards. But where landlords have complied, the data show that children have benefitted.
July 7, 2014
In a new study, Brown University neuroscientists looked cell-by-cell at the brain circuitry that tadpoles, and possibly other animals, use to avoid collisions. The study produced a model of how individual inhibitory and excitatory neurons can work together to control a simple behavior.
July 2, 2014
In lab tests, Brown University researchers have found that adipose-derived stem cells, which can generate bone tissue, appear resistant to the toxicity of the chemotherapy drug methotrexate, which degrades bone in patients such as kids suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The newly published findings are preliminary but more tests are planned.
July 11, 2014
Four Brown University faculty members were named among the world's most highly cited researchers for 2014 on a list compiled by Thomson Reuters.
2014 Solar Decathlon Europe
June 27, 2014
A team of students from RISD, Brown, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, now in France, has unpacked and reassembled a solar house they built in Providence this spring. They are in an international competition on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles. Popular voting is underway online.
July 8, 2014
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.
June 25, 2014
Kyung-Suk Kim and Mazen Diab have worked out the mathematics of how wrinkles form in solid materials under compression — and how, under more compression, those wrinkles can become creases. The mathematics of wrinkles and creases could help in the design of flexible electronic circuits, artificial skin, and soft robotic grips and may help explain brain injuries due to compression.
July 9, 2014
Brown University will host its fourth outdoor summer movie series on three Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. The event is free and open to the public and popcorn will be provided.