Hypertension risk rises closer to major roadways

: In a newly published analysis, the risk of high blood pressure among 5,400 post-menopausal women was higher the closer they lived to a major roadway. The result, which accounts for a wide variety of possible confounding factors, adds to concerns that traffic exposure may present public health risks.
Framework in Global Health

New diagnostic approach for autism in Tanzania

Researchers at Brown University and the University of Georgia have developed and tested an approach for diagnosing autism in Tanzania, where such clinical assessment and intervention services are rare. The assessment battery combines several existing but culturally adapted techniques into a protocol that the researchers tested with 41 children at two Tanzanian sites.

Presidential Colloquium Series to tackle ‘big questions’ in science

Brown is introducing a Presidential Colloquium Series titled “Thinking Out Loud: Deciphering Mysteries of Our World and Beyond.” The series features renowned scientists giving accessible public talks on big-picture topics from the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe to the nature of human consciousness. Harvard astrophysicist John A. Johnson will deliver the inaugural lecture Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.

Origin of Moon’s ‘ocean of storms’ revealed

New analysis, using data from NASA’s GRAIL spacecraft, has determined that the large dark patch on the western edge of the Moon’s near side is not an impact crater after all.

Research suggests new strategies for fighting TB

Researchers from Brown and MIT have shown new details about how a promising new class of antibiotics attacks the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. The research could provide a blueprint for developing drugs aimed at fighting TB.

Adding natural uncertainty improves mathematical models

Ironically, allowing uncertainty into a mathematical equation that models fluid flows makes the equation much more capable of correctly reflecting the natural world — like the formation, strength, and position of air masses and fronts in the atmosphere.
Questions for Jim Kellner

Measuring the height of the world’s forests

If we know the height of the world’s forests, then we can estimate how much carbon they store. That will improve our understanding of how forests interact with the atmosphere and their role in mitigating climate change. To make those measurements, a collaboration including Brown University ecologist Jim Kellner is putting a sophisticated laser scanner on the International Space Station in 2019.

Brown endowment returned 16.1% in FY14

Brown University’s endowment posted an annual return of 16.1 percent for the 2014 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2014. The endowment value stood at $3.2 billion, its all-time high.

Saltmarsh recovery looks good, falls short

In some places Cape Cod’s imperiled saltmarsh grasses have been making a comeback, but a new study reports that their ability to protect the coast has not returned nearly as fast as their healthy appearance would suggest.