Mon 6 Mar | RI NPR

Governor Raimondo announces ambitious clean energy goals

Timmons Roberts, professor of environmental studies, commented on R.I. Gov. Gina Raimondo's ambitious plan to drastically increase the amount of clean energy in the state by 2020. In order to meet the governor's goal, Roberts said, various large entities will need to think differently on how they'll meet their energy needs.
Sat 4 Mar | RI NPR

300+ health care providers gather for transgender health conference

Medical professionals and community members attended a conference revolving around transgender health on Saturday, March 4, convened by Brown University, Rhode Island College, and nonprofit advocacy group the TGI Network. The conference comes at a time of heated rhetoric about transgender issues.
Sat 4 Mar | VOA

Harvesting power from slow-flowing rivers

Researchers from Brown University have teamed up with a company from Rhode Island to build an innovative power generator suitable for slow-flowing rivers and tidal canals, which could provide yet another way to harvest energy from sustainable sources.
Fri 3 Mar | Air & Space Magazine

A vision for planetary acience in 2050

Planetary scientist James Head was among one of the more inspiring speakers at a NASA hosted workshop that focused on the future of solar system exploration, Dirk Schulze Makuch wrote. Head spoke about building infrastructures that would allow for future science expeditions.
Fri 3 Mar | The New York Times

Why we believe obvious untruths

Brown cognitive scientist Steven Sloman co-wrote an article about how people come to conclusions, arguing that advances in science have resulted from sharing knowledge. This rational also extends to people taking stands for public policies that may be harmful, the authors wrote.
Thu 2 Mar | The Providence Journal

Brown launches Arts Initiative

A major step toward realizing a goal in Brown University's 2013 strategic plan comes this week with the launch of the Brown Arts Initiative.
Thu 2 Mar | The Providence Journal

Brown University’s Italian film fest steps back in time

While sitting at a café table outside the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna with a friend, Italian studies professor Massimo Riva was dreaming of ways to bring a piece of Italy back to his friends and family in Providence. He describes the Cinema Ritrovato film festival held in Italy annually and the selection films for this year's Providence tour, held at Brown University and open to members of the broader community.
Thu 2 Mar | Wall Street Journal

Why women drink more white wine

A feature on the popularity of white wine among women cites a Brown University study that found the drink was linked with an increased risk of melanoma.
Thu 2 Mar | The Boston Globe

A warning from the Middle East

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed about the drastic political and economic turn Turkey has taken over the last decade and describes how democracy could be in danger in the United States.
Thu 2 Mar | Contagion Live

PrEP care should be viewed as a continuum: Here's why

Researchers at Brown University have proposed a multistep system to determine the effectiveness of implementation in clinical settings of pre-exposure prophylaxis, a preventative care treatment aimed reducing HIV infections for those at high risk of contracting the disease.
Wed 1 Mar | The Indian Express

When the state looks away

Ashutosh Varshney, professor of international studies and political science, examines culpability in the 2002 riots in Gujarat that resulted in hundreds of deaths.
Tue 28 Feb | The Providence Journal

R.I. patients, providers need Obamacare

Richard W. Besdine, professor of medicine, co-authored an article about the thousands of older Rhode Islanders that would be impacted by the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Tue 28 Feb | Vox

Trump promised to end the opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic.

Brown political scientist Peter Andreas is quoted on whether building a wall at the southern border, as President Trump describes, could deter drug smuggling. "The drugs can come under the wall, they can come over the wall, and they can come around the wall," Andreas said.
Sat 25 Feb | WalletHub

Is Bitcoin safe? Experts pick sides

Maurice Herlihy, professor of computer science, joined a panel of cryptocurrency experts to give his opinion on the security and safety of using Bitcoin. "Yes, bitcoin is safe, at least for now, but what about us, bitcoin's clients? There are many dangers, some more credible than others," Herlihy wrote.
Fri 24 Feb | International Business Times

The rise of 'political depression'

Carol Landau, professor of psychiatry and medicine, comments on how some people might be more susceptible to 'political depression' following the recent presidential election and current world affairs.
Thu 23 Feb | The Washington Post

This hunter waged a war on feral cats

Dov Sax, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Brown University, is quoted in this article about a hunter in Wisconsin who kills feral cats that he says are threatening native ecosystems. “I think there are animal rights people who have a perfectly valid point of view in thinking that the cat shouldn’t be killed, and I think there’s also a perfectly valid point of view that you should control this nonnative population if it’s hurting native species,” Sax said.
Thu 23 Feb |

Heart risks at mid-life signal dementia down the road

Suzanne de la Monte, professor of pathology, laboratory medicine and neurosurgery, is quoted in an article about a study that found that those who have high blood pressure or diabetes at mid-life are more likely to develop dementia as they get older.