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Dark side of the moon: Motorcycle deaths linked to full moons

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:22:22 -0500

Princeton researchers have found that on nights illuminated by a full moon, fatal motorcycle accidents increased by 5 percent compared to nights without a full moon.

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A new weapon against bone metastasis? Princeton lab develops antibody to fight cancer

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:00:02 -0500

A new antibody developed by Princeton researchers fights bone metastasis by undermining cancer's defense strategy and allowing chemotherapy to work.

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New silicon structure opens the gate to quantum computers

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 10:23:33 -0500

In a major step toward making a quantum computer using everyday materials, a team led by researchers at Princeton has constructed a key piece of silicon hardware capable of controlling quantum behavior between two electrons with extremely high precision.

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Police officers highly motivated by supervisor scrutiny

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:36:40 -0500

Police officers are highly responsive to the scrutiny of their superiors, a Princeton study shows, and the findings suggest that rules and supervision can be effective at reforming police behavior.

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From a spaghetti-like jumble of microfibers and water comes a promising new material

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:34:28 -0500

Princeton researchers are researching hydrogels that form through the shearing effect of fibers sliding against each other when forced through a syringe. This chemical-free method points toward a new class of injectable hydrogels that perform tasks such as plugging and treating wounds.

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Application opens for presenters at 2018 Princeton Research Day

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:00:00 -0500

Applications are being accepted for presenters at 2018 Princeton Research Day, the third annual campus-wide celebration of research and creative endeavors by the University’s undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other nonfaculty researchers.

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Minor earthquake tremors felt on Princeton campus

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:13:00 -0500

An earthquake emanating from Delaware that shook the East Coast on Thursday from New York City to Washington, D.C., produced tremors that were felt at Princeton University campus buildings including Nassau Hall. Seismologists at Guyot Hall recorded the unusual event.

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Scientists reduce the chances of life on exoplanets in so-called habitable zones around red stars

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 11:29:00 -0500

Researchers led by space physicist Chuanfei Dong of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University have recently raised doubts about water on — and thus potential habitability of — frequently cited exoplanets that orbit red dwarfs, the most common stars in the Milky Way.

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Frymer discusses 'Building an American Empire'

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:58:22 -0500

This fall, Princeton politics professor Paul Frymer’s latest book, “Building an American Empire: The Era of Territorial and Political Expansion,” was published by Princeton University Press. The book examines the politics of American expansion, showing how the federal government's land use policies — particularly those regulating the process of population settlement and removal — were critical to the nation's racial formation.

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Phones vulnerable to location tracking even when GPS services off

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:37:23 -0500

Demonstrating a potential privacy breach, a team of Princeton University engineers has developed an app that can locate and track people through their smartphones even when access to the Global Positioning System, or GPS, data on their devices is turned off.

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Study of Darwin's finches reveals that new species can develop in as little as two generations

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:54:00 -0500

The arrival 36 years ago of a strange bird to a remote island in the Galápagos archipelago has provided direct genetic evidence of a novel way in which new species arise.

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Breakthrough could launch organic electronics beyond cellphone screens

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:18:00 -0500

A discovery by an international team of researchers from Princeton University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Humboldt University in Berlin points the way to more widespread use of an advanced technology generally known as organic electronics.

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Princeton and Slavery Symposium explores U.S. history 'writ small,' reveals 'powerful and fruitful' research

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:48:00 -0500

The Princeton and Slavery Symposium, held Nov. 16-19 at Princeton University, featured panels, performances, guided tours, exhibitions, film screenings and a keynote speech by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison.

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Martonosi sketches a path for a new type of computing

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 14:28:00 -0500

As new devices move quantum computing closer to practical use, the journal Nature recently asked Princeton computer scientist Margaret Martonosi and two colleagues to assess the state of software needed to exploit this powerful computational approach.

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LEDs light the way for better drug therapies

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:24:53 -0500

David MacMillan's lab pioneered a technique that turns a multi-month process into a one-day step, speeding the arrival of new drugs to the marketplace.

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Room for growth: Princeton's Vertical Farming Project harvests knowledge for a budding industry

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0400

Princeton's Vertical Farming Project, a research initiative led by plant physiologist Paul Gauthier and involving a number of student researchers, works to get the best harvest with the least resource consumption.

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Neutron star merger confirms decades of predictions by Princeton researchers

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:29:00 -0400

Princeton researchers have been studying neutron stars and their astronomical signatures for decades.

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Are the grandkids worth it? Climate change policy depends on how we value human population

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 15:12:38 -0400

How much to invest in policies — like setting an appropriate carbon tax — to protect future generations from environmental destruction depends on how society chooses to value human population.

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Hush, little virus, don’t say a word: How Princeton scientists investigate sleeping viruses

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:39:30 -0400

Most virus infections are “latent” (sleeping) within the nervous system. Princeton scientists are investigating how they go to sleep — and how to prevent it.

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Fear, explained in 90 seconds

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:00:02 -0400

Just in time for Halloween, Princeton professor Michael Graziano explains that fear is all in your head.

Old phones get new life in high-powered computer servers

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:09:00 -0400

Princeton researchers are envisioning a way to breathe new life into old smartphones by turning them into high-powered computer servers. 

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Shapiro: What the fall of Raqqa means for the future of ISIS

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:23:00 -0400

Jacob Shapiro, a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton, answers questions about the future of ISIS after it lost control of its de facto capital.

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Princeton awarded Mellon grant for Sawyer Seminar on global migration

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:30:00 -0400

Princeton has been awarded a grant of $225,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, entitled “Global Migration: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Dialogue.”

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Todorov explores the 'Irresistible Influence of First Impressions'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:36:28 -0400

In this Q&A, Princeton psychologist Alexander Todorov discusses his research on first impressions and the power of the human face.

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Princeton Profiles: So Kubota, researching family issues in economics

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:02 -0400

As he earned his Ph.D. in economics at Princeton, So Kubota applied his perspective as a father to his research and shared his Japanese culture with his friends and host family.

Scientists demonstrate path to linking the genome to healthy tissues and disease

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:35:00 -0400

An international group of researchers in the Genotype-Tissue Expression (GTEx) Consortium published findings about how genetic variation affects gene regulation in 44 human tissue types.

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Devourer of planets? Princeton researchers dub star 'Kronos'

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 13:00:01 -0400

Sun-like star Kronos shows signs of having ingested 15 Earth masses worth of rocky planets, prompting Princeton astronomers to nickname it for the Titan who ate his young.

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Uncovering the sound of 'motherese,' baby talk across languages

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:18:09 -0400

When using the special communication mode known as baby talk or “motherese,” mothers change their vocal timbre in quantifiable ways, say Princeton researchers who identified the timbre shift and trained a computer to identify baby talk with only a one-second audio clip.

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How global warming is drying up the North American monsoon

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:39:00 -0400

Previous researchers have concluded that global warming was simply delaying the North American monsoon, which brings summer rains to the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico.  But a new, high-resolution climate model that corrects for persistent sea surface temperature (SST) biases now suggests that the monsoon is not simply delayed, but that the region's total rainfall is facing a dramatic reduction.

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Lessons learned, and some unheeded, after hurricanes

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:58:00 -0400

Ning Lin, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University, studies hurricane hazards and risks. Lin recently answered questions about her work and how actions taken after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 might not be enough to protect residents on the Jersey Shore and New York City from another damaging storm.

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