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Fertility breakthrough: New research could extend egg health with age

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Princeton University’s Coleen Murphy has identified a drug that extends egg viability in worms and could theoretically extend women’s fertility by three to six years.

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Wuthnow discusses 'The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:07:00 -0500

Robert Wuthnow, the Gerhard R. Andlinger ’52 Professor of Social Sciences at Princeton, discusses his latest book, “The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Rural America.”

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Theory suggests root efficiency, independence drove global spread of flora

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:57:47 -0500

A new theory of plant evolution suggests that the 400 million-year drive of flora across the globe may not have been propelled by the above-ground traits we can see easily, but by underground adaptations that allowed plants to become more efficient and independent.

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Lesbian and bisexual girls at greater risk for school discipline

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:37:36 -0500

Joel Mittleman, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology, finds teen girls who are attracted to other girls are far more likely than other students to be disciplined at school.

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Geophysicists and atmospheric scientists partner to track typhoons’ seismic footprints

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:00:02 -0500

Seismologists and atmospheric scientists have partnered to track the movement and intensity of hurricanes, typhoons and other tropical cyclones by looking at how much they shake the seafloor. 

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Chemists harness artificial intelligence to predict the future of chemical reactions

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:00:00 -0500

Chemistry professor Abigail Doyle led a team of researchers who have developed state-of-the-art software to predict reaction yields while varying up to four components, a powerful tool in expediting the synthesis of new medicines.

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Better together: Silicon qubits plus light add up to new quantum computing capability

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0500

A silicon-based quantum computing device could be closer than ever due to a new experimental device that demonstrates the potential to use light as a messenger to connect quantum bits of information — known as qubits — that are not immediately adjacent to each other.     

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Competing for blood: How ecologists are solving infectious disease mysteries

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:15:01 -0500

By looking at co-infecting malaria and hookworms as competitors battling over a key resource — red blood cells — Princeton ecologists Andrea Graham and Sarah Budischak resolved a key public health issue.

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Catalysis beyond chemistry: Researchers gather to spark new research ideas

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:26:00 -0500

At its inaugural symposium, the Princeton Catalysis Initiative gathered an intimate group of professors from across the University to swap research updates in hopes of generating new research collaborations. 

Mouse study reveals gut effects of too much fructose

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:00:01 -0500

Sugary drinks and processed high-sugar foods overwhelm the small intestine and spill into the liver for processing, report Princeton researchers.

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Secrets of a touchdown pass, in 90 seconds

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500

With Super Bowl Sunday quickly approaching, Physicist Edward Groth explains the physics of a football pass.

Predicting snowpack in the West before the first flake falls

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:18:53 -0500

Researchers from NOAA and Princeton report that annual snowmelt can be predicted to the scale of a mountain range as early as the March before.

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Chasing dark matter with the oldest stars in the Milky Way

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 14:43:00 -0500

The speed of dark matter has far-reaching consequences for modern astrophysical research, but this fundamental property has eluded researchers for years.

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Princeton's IP Accelerator Fund supports six innovations with potential for societal impact

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:53:31 -0500

Six research-stage technologies with promise to benefit society as future products or services have been selected to receive funding through Princeton University's Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund.

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Under pressure: Forces from fluid in the developing lung play an essential role in organ development

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:23:16 -0500

A recent study by Princeton researchers discovered that fluid pressure felt by embryonic lungs helps control the rate of development of the organ. 

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Cybercrime stopper: An undergraduate’s project protects against internet theft

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:37:17 -0500

Princeton computer science major Henry Birge-Lee is part of a research team that has pioneered a protection against potential cyberattacks that a major internet security firm has already begun rolling out.

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Diamonds’ flaws hold promise for new technologies

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:00:00 -0500

The atom-sized defects in diamonds have enormous potential in technologies for high-resolution imaging and secure communication lines.

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New process could slash energy demands of fertilizer, nitrogen-based chemicals

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:23:28 -0500

Computer modeling at Princeton University points to a method that could drastically cut the energy needed by using sunlight in the manufacturing process.

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Shapiro: Tracking and reacting to Russian attacks on democracy

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:35:05 -0500

Professor Jacob Shapiro discusses a U.S. government report that outlines attacks made by Russian President Vladimir Putin on democratic institutions over nearly two decades.

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In India, subtle corruption robs villagers of roads

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:27:47 -0500

Political corruption in India increased the chances that roads meant to connect isolated areas to the rest of the country would never be built, even though the government had paid for them, according to researchers at Princeton and the Paris School of Economics.

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The ecological costs of war in Africa

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:00:00 -0500

For more than six decades, armed conflict has been a consistent factor in the decline of Africa's iconic animals, but wildlife populations have rarely collapsed beyond the point of recovery.

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Spotty coverage: Climate models underestimate cooling effect of daily cloud cycle

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:32:36 -0500

Climate scientists examine the day-to-day and hour-to-hour cooling effect of clouds and find that most models factor in too much solar heating, which results in warmer, drier predictions than might actually occur.

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Lights, camera, action of genes in development

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:00:02 -0500

Molecular biologist Mike Levine uses live-imaging and other methods to study the regulation of genes involved in the development of an organism from embryo to adulthood.

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Life-saving medicines grow from fundamental chemistry, win Gates Foundation backing

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

Researchers in the lab of Robert Prud’homme, a professor of chemical and biological engineering, work to increase medicines’ effectiveness in the developing world.

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Better decision-making for the planet

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:00:00 -0500

Princeton professor Elke Weber studies how the science of human behavior can inform policies that encourage people to make good choices for the environment.

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Let it flow: Ideas, creativity, findings, impacts, benefits to society

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0500

In the lab of engineering professor Howard Stone, the flow of creativity — sometimes related to studying everyday objects — leads to findings with the potential to benefit society.

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'Unscripted America': Rivett explores Native American linguistic contributions to American literature

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 10:41:00 -0500

Sarah Rivett's latest book, "Unscripted America: Indigenous Languages and the Origins of Literary Nation," explores the impact of colonial language encounters between indigenous and European populations on Enlightenment language philosophy and early American literary history.

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Proof of randomness builds future of digital security

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:40:19 -0500

In an effort to block emerging threats to online security, researchers at Princeton have developed a method to verify the strength of random number generators that form the basis of most encryption systems.

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Probing air pollution with laser sensors

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:21:00 -0500

Mark Zondlo, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University and its Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, develops tools to measure air pollution in more sophisticated and nimble ways than previously possible.