Thu 21 Jul | Associated Press

Scientists Looking for Invisible Dark Matter Can't Find Any

After three years, researchers working on the Large Underground Xenon experiment in search of the elusive dark matter have turned up empty handed. The silver lining is that researchers are already working to revamp one of the mine sites for a higher-tech version of LUX, that will be 70 times more sensitive and is expected to be operational by 2020, said Brown astrophysicist Richard Gaitskell, a scientific spokesperson for LUX.
Thu 21 Jul | The Washington Post

A rock as long as New Jersey may have smashed up the moon’s ‘face’

A new study published in Nature suggests the moon may have been hit with an astroid the size of New Jersey. "One implication of this work is that the asteroids may not have been these small chunks flying around — there may have been many more of these very large protoplanets," said Peter Schultz, the study's author and a Brown planetary scientist.
Thu 21 Jul | The Providence Journal

Book review: Why practice doesn't always make perfect

Hilary Levey Friedman, visiting assistant professor of American studies, writes a review of "Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise," a book that challenges Malcolm Gladwell's idea, as written in "Outliers," that anyone can become an expert at anything for 10,000 hours.
Tue 19 Jul | Sky & Telescope

40th Anniversary of Viking’s Red Planet Rendezvous

A feature on the 40th anniversary on the Viking 1 landing on the Red Planet mentions that the youngest representatives of the Viking mission were drawn from an internship program that was the brain child of Tim Mutch of Brown University and his colleague Carl Sagan of Cornell University.
Mon 18 Jul | Cosmopolitan

Millions of women are injured during childbirth. Why aren't doctors diagnosing them?

Sarah Fox, a professor and researcher at Brown University, comments on current obstetric training and why women are having undiagnosed childbirth injuries. Training today focuses on life-threatening childbirth complications, like hemorrhage or infection, says Fox. She added that many healthcare provide might never receive training on managing women's pain.
Mon 18 Jul | The Associated Press

When does a cyberattack become an act of war?

As legislators grapple with how to address and define cyberattacks that could be considered acts of war, cyber conflict expert Timothy Edgar comments on the difficulty of attributing such attacks. "The idea of instant attribution is a pipe dream," he said.
Mon 18 Jul | Wall Street Journal

Why Placebos Really Work: The Latest Science

Walter Brown, a clinical professor of psychiatry, is quoted in an article about the tangible health benefits of placebo as more doctors prescribe it to cure common ailments. The placebos doctors most often prescribe are active drugs but in such low doses that there is no apparent therapeutic benefit, says Brown.
Mon 18 Jul | Healio

Black patients, uninsured less likely to receive chemotherapy for HIV–associated lymphoma

Adam Olszewski, assistant professor of medicine, comments on a new study indicating a disparity in HIV–associated lymphoma treatment for patients who are older, black or without private insurance. "Recent data indicate disparities in cancer treatments among HIV–infected patients that are particularly important in the setting of curative chemotherapy for NHL,” Olszewski said.
Sun 17 Jul | The Boston Globe

So much for Erdogan’s policy of ‘zero problems with neighbors’

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed about the political turmoil surrounding Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan's decision to rescind its support of ISIS has spurred a rash of terror bombings that could end his reign. "Regardless of how this episode ends, it pushes Turkey toward the abyss of instability," Kinzer said.
Sun 17 Jul | KALEO

Don't be a victim, practice safe voting

Jason Brennan, professor of political philosophy, comments on an article about what constitutes safe voting as we near the presidential election. “If most voters decide, ‘We don’t know anything, we’re just going to kind of choose whatever we find emotionally appealing,’ then they’re imposing that upon other people,” said Brennan.
Sat 16 Jul | Inquisitr

NASA admits Mars rover will hunt for aliens on Mars

Jack Mustard, professor of geological sciences, comments on one of the missions for Mars Rover 2020: the search for extraterrestrial life. "“The Mars 2020 mission concept does not presume that life ever existed on Mars. However, given the recent Curiosity findings, past Martian life seems possible and we should begin the difficult endeavor of seeking the signs of life," said Mustard, chairman of the Science Definition Team
Thu 14 Jul | The Hill

Will partisan politics infect the Supreme Court?

Richard A. Arenberg, adjunct lecturer in international and public affairs, wrote an op-ed about the disparaging remarks by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of Donald Trump. Arenberg emphasized the need for Justices to remain impartial, but acknowledged Ginsburg's apologetic statement, saying, "She has shown the integrity and strength of character to reverse field. The Senate's Republicans should do the same."
Thu 14 Jul | The Providence Journal

Nina Tannenwald: It's the occupation, stupid

Nina Tannenwald, director of the International Relations Program, writes an op-ed about the ongoing violence between Palestinians and settlers in the Jewish-only settlement of Kiryat Arba. "People should denounce this brutal killing. They should also denounce the equally brutal and untenable Israeli occupation of Palestine," said Tannenwald.
Thu 14 Jul | Providence Business News

Bradley outpatient expansion meeting a growing need

Dale Radka and Henry Sachs, both clinical assistant professors of psychiatry and human behavior, comment on the results of Bradley Hospital's outpatient program called Bradley Schools, an educational program for children and adolescents whose psychiatric and behavioral needs cannot be met in a public school setting.
Thu 14 Jul | WRAL

UNC fellowship program brings doctors to underserved rural communities

Ann Steptoe, a fourth year medical student, comments on the fellowship program, MedServe, that is bringing aspiring primary care physicians to work in rural communities. She said it was important to identify students who cared about the lack doctors in rural areas, said Steptoe, who co-founded the program.
Wed 13 Jul | RI NPR

Long Term Care Budgets Strained, States Move More Out of Nursing Homes

Susan Allen, professor emerita of health services, comments on the transition of patients from nursing homes back into the community as part of a state effort to reduce costs. She notes that family structures have changed drastically from the 1960s because the role of women in the household has changed.
Wed 13 Jul | Hakai Magazine

The Climate Anxiety Doctor Is “In”

Kate Schapira, a Providence poet and lecturer in English at Brown, sits behind a small booth at the entrance to Burnside Park to counsel residents about their climate woes, an approach that is reminiscent Lucy’s “the doctor is in” stand from Peanuts. She found the project helps indigent people deal with climate change anxiety, who often feel they are left out of the national conversation.
Wed 13 Jul | The Washington Post

Why highways have become the center of civil rights protest

Robert Self, professor of history, comments on the growing trend of Black Lives Matter protestors taking over transportation infrastructures and its historical significance. Highways, Self said, that pass through West Oakland weren't "designed for, nor do they serve, low-income communities who are actually already close to downtown."
Wed 13 Jul | WNPR

Yale Doctors Develop Strategic Plan to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Connecticut

Governor Dannel Malloy recently signed legislation that would expand Connecticut’s effort to combat the opioid epidemic. The team of Yale University researchers that helped develop the strategy worked with Brown University doctors and are using Rhode Island’s strategy as a template, according to Dr. David Fiellin.
Tue 12 Jul | LiveScience

'Pokémon Go' Catches High Praise from Health Experts

Dale Bond, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, praised the implementation of the popular Pokémon Go as an exercise tool. He notes players don't feel like they're exercising, in part because the game is providing them with novel goals; to catch Pokémon characters juxtaposed in real life backdrops.