Statistical physics

A new technique to simulate climate change

Statistical physics offers an approach to studying climate change that could dramatically reduce the time and brute-force computing that current simulation techniques require. The new approach focuses on fundamental forces that drive climate rather than on “following every little swirl” of water or air. And yes, there’s an app for that.
Energy-momentum spectroscopy

New technique could improve optical devices

Understanding the source and orientation of light in light-emitting thin films — now possible with energy-momentum spectroscopy — could lead to better LEDs, solar cells, and other devices that use layered nanomaterials.

Selfish gene may undermine genome police

Biologists have been observing the “selfish” genetic entity segregation distorter (SD) in fruit flies for decades. Its story is a thriller among molecules, in which the SD gene destroys maturing sperm that have a rival chromosome. A new study reveals a tactic that gives SD’s villainy an extra edge.
Brown University Library

Lectures celebrate Ma Digital Scholarship Lab

Brown faculty and visiting scholars from across the academic disciplines will offer a series of public lectures this spring, hosted by the Brown University Library in celebration of the new Patrick Ma Digital Scholarship Lab.
Through March 17

Student show opens at Bell Gallery

Brown University’s 33rd annual Student Exhibition, showcasing the work of 32 young artists, is on view at the Bell Gallery  through Sunday, March 17.