August 25, 2015
The Art at Watson initiative at Brown University presents DIGNITY: Tribes in Transition, photography by Dana Gluckstein on view at the Watson Institute for International Studies and Public Affairs Thursday, Sept. 10, through Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. The exhibition will open with a talk by the artist on Thursday, Sept, 10, at 4 p.m. There will be an artist panel at noon Friday, Sept. 11.
August 14, 2015
Solar cells made from perovskites have great potential for high efficiency and low cost, but more research is necessary to scale them up to mass production. A new federal grant will support that effort and other perovskite improvements at Brown University, Rhode Island College and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Climate change and a hotter Rhode Island
August 13, 2015
A new study finds that in Rhode Island heat-related emergency department visits and deaths increase notably among people of all ages as temperatures rise above 75 degrees. The study projects that if the population were living with the warmer temperatures forecast for the end of the century, emergency department visits and deaths would be measurably higher.
August 27, 2015
An international team of researchers has found direct chemical evidence that the fossilized remains of a bird-like dinosaur still harbor melanosomes and the pigment they produced. Their study reinforces the idea that scientists can discern the coloration of long-lost animals.
August 24, 2015
Amid debate about whether flu vaccination really helps the elderly, a new study provides fresh evidence that it does. Brown University researchers found vaccines well matched to the year’s flu strain significantly reduce deaths and hospitalizations compared to when the match is poor, suggesting that vaccination indeed makes a difference. They project that well-matched vaccines saves thousands of lives every flu season.
Questions for Dr. Richard Besdine
August 18, 2015
Elderly patients under the stress of a trauma such as a hip fracture are highly vulnerable to delirium, heart or kidney failure, and other complications. Researchers, including Dr. Richard Besdine, have shown that when an orthopaedist and a geriatrician co-manage care, results improve. With a new grant, Besdine will lead an effort to disseminate this idea to make it a national standard of care.
August 26, 2015
A new study looked at the effect of light exposure at night — like that from phones or tablets — on the biology of teen sleep. The researchers found that children in early to middle puberty were especially vulnerable to suppression of a hormone key to sleep timing.
August 24, 2015
Scientists have found traces of carbon in volcanic glass collected from the Apollo missions to the Moon. The finding may not only explain the driving force behind ancient “fire fountain” eruptions on the Moon but also suggest that some volatile elements on the Moon and Earth have a common origin.
August 21, 2015
Dehydration from diarrhea, either viral or from cholera, kills 700,000 children a year worldwide, yet clinicians still lack a method that performs significantly better than chance for diagnosing dehydration severity. In a new study, researchers report two sensitive and specific diagnostic tools derived from the cases of hundreds of young children in Bangladesh.