Natural Sciences

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What is the nature of the universe in which we exist? From subatomic particles to the farthest reaches of the universe, the composition of the earth to the components of individual cells, we seek to answer the universe’s—and life’s—big questions.

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A most-widely cited patent

David Goldfarb is the sole owner of a popular patent that could one day lead to treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, or even slow down the aging process.

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Ice Sheet

What caused the ice age?

Can the first ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere tell us more about reverse global warming? Carmala Garzione and John Tarduno aim to find out in a new research project.

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Bell’s Inequality is not the guidepost it was believed to be

Physicists have struggled to find a clear boundary between our everyday world and the quantum world. A new paper co-authored by Joseph Eberly may determine that Bell’s Inequality is not the guidepost to this boundary.

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Earth’s magnetic shield much older than previously thought

The best estimate of the age of Earth’s magnetic field has been 3.45 billion years. John Tarduno’s new data shows it’s 500 million years older.

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Speech Balloons

Thinking alike changes how we speak

A study, co-authored by Florian Jaeger, shows that people with similar views tend to more closely mirror, or align with, each other’s speech patterns.

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Binary System

A close call of .8 light years

Eric Mamajek and his team report that “Scholz’s star” likely passed some 70,000 years ago through our solar system’s distant cloud of comets known as the Oort Cloud.

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Visual Pathways

Imaging the brain’s recovery

A team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons use a new imaging technique to show how the human brain heals itself following surgical removal of a brain tumor.

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Saturn's Rings

Gigantic ring system larger, heavier than Saturn’s

Astronomer Eric Mamajek and his co-author have discovered that the ring system around the Sun-like star J1407 is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn.

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Translating Vision Research into Reality

The Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance (ARIA), a multidisciplinary lab based at the University, is conducting research that could revolutionize vision correction and our understanding of the eye.

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Professor Allen Greenleaf

Professor named a fellow of American Mathematical Society

Allan Greenleaf is recognized for his contributions to inverse problems with applications to cloaking and his service to AMS.

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Elika Bergelson

Unlocking the “Magic” Behind Babies, Language

Elika Bergelson’s research on how babies acquire language will advance more quickly, thanks to a $1.25 million award from the National Institutes of Health.

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RNA Figure

Targeting cells’ protein-making machinery may stop harmful bacteria

A new study by biologist Gloria Culver suggests that blocking ribosome formation may help kill off drug-resistant bacteria.

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