July 21, 2014
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.
July 18, 2014
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.
July 15, 2014
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.
July 9, 2014
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.”
July 17, 2014
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.
July 8, 2014
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.
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 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.
July 16, 2014
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.