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  • Post 'net neutrality' internet needs new measurement tools, Princeton experts tell policymakers

    Friday, Mar 29, 2019
    by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

    For much of the past decade, fierce political battles over the internet have involved concerns that the fastest access would go only to those with the greatest ability to pay. In testimony last week in Washington, however, a Princeton professor said measuring such performance is no longer so simple. On the internet, speed no longer rules.

  • Speed limit on DNA-making sets pace for life's first steps

    Monday, Mar 18, 2019
    by Scott Lyon, Office of Engineering Communications

    Fruit flies make for stingy mothers, imparting only a portion of the genetic building blocks their offspring need to survive. The rest must be produced by the fertilized egg in its first few steps of growth.

    Scientists puzzled for two decades over this seemingly unnecessary withholding. Now researchers at Princeton University have shown that the inhibiting mechanism, controlled by an enzyme known as RNR, is key to the embryo's survival. Too much material early on leads to disaster for the fledgling lifeform.

  • Princeton faculty to test new Microsoft Station B platform toward goal of boosting production of lifesaving biological therapies

    Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019
    by Princeton University

    UPDATE March 11, 2019: A post for Microsoft’s Innovation Stories blog describes the Station B platform, which researchers from Princeton will test to investigate the formation of biofilms — surface-associated communities of bacteria that are the leading cause of microbial infection worldwide.

    A Nov. 28, 2018, announcement of this collaboration between Princeton and Microsoft is below. 

  • Data science tool that reveals molecular causes of disease shows power in infant cancer analysis

    Thursday, Feb 28, 2019
    by Steven Schultz, Office of Engineering Communications

    Princeton University researchers are gaining new insights into the causes and characteristics of diseases by harnessing machine learning to analyze molecular patterns across hundreds of diseases simultaneously. Demonstrating a new tool now available to researchers worldwide, the team of computer scientists and biologists has already uncovered and experimentally confirmed previously unknown contributions of four genes to a rare form of cancer that primarily affects babies and young children.

  • Andlinger E-ffiliates announces support for two carbon-capture projects

    Monday, Feb 25, 2019

    The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment has announced that its Princeton E-ffiliates Partnership will support two projects this year, both focused on optimizing the capture and storage of carbon, which would otherwise contribute to climate change as atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  • Steinhardt's changing views from Big Bang to Big Bounce featured in Simons Foundation video

    Thursday, Feb 21, 2019

    The Simons Foundation recently featured Princeton University Professor Paul Steinhardt in its web video series, "Four Minutes With."

    Steinhardt, a 2018 Simons Fellow in theoretical physics, explains how he has changed his thinking on cosmic inflation and the Big Bang theory and is now reconsidering a "Big Bounce" cyclical theory of the universe. Steinhardt was a key developer of the inflation theory. 

  • Ten Princeton faculty members awarded Sloan Research Fellowships

    Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Ten Princeton scientists have been selected to receive 2019 Sloan Research Fellowships, highly competitive grants given to outstanding young scholars working at the frontiers of their fields.

    The 10 fellows are among 126 biologists, chemists, computer scientists, economists, mathematicians, neuroscientists, ocean scientists and physicists chosen for the award from 57 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Princeton earned the most fellowships of any single-campus institution, with at least one winner from each field.

  • Currie wins NOMIS Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award

    Monday, Feb 18, 2019
    by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

    Princeton University’s Janet Currie is winner of the NOMIS Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist and Scholar Award, which comes with a research grant of $2-million to support exceptional scientists exploring new and unconventional directions in science.

    Currie’s research focuses on health and wellbeing, especially of children. Her project supported by NOMIS will harness big data to better understand children’s mental health.

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