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Stories about Princeton research relevant to a corporate and foundation audience.

  • 130-year-old brain coral reveals encouraging news for open ocean

    Monday, Oct 1, 2018
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    When nitrogen-based fertilizers flow into water bodies, the result can be deadly for marine life near shore, but what is the effect of nitrogen pollution far out in the open ocean?

  • First results are in: New sky survey suggests dark matter is less ‘lumpy’ than previously believed

    Friday, Sep 28, 2018
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Using the first year of data gathered by the Hyper Suprime-Cam on the Subaru Telescope, an international team of researchers has created and analyzed the deepest-ever map of dark matter.

    The Hyper Suprime-Cam (HSC) survey collaboration team, including scientists from Princeton University, Japan and Taiwan, used tiny gravitational distortions in images of about 10 million galaxies to make a precise measurement of the “lumpiness,” or uneven distribution, of matter in the universe.

  • In the tissues of a tiny worm, a close-up view of where genes are working

    Tuesday, Sep 25, 2018
    by Molly Sharlach, School of Engineering and Applied Science

    Scientists have long prized the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans as a model for studying the biology of multicellular organisms. The millimeter-long worms are easy to grow in the lab and manipulate genetically, and they have only around 1,000 cells, making them a powerful system for probing intricacies of development, behavior and metabolism.

  • Princeton to lead new software institute to enable discoveries in high-energy physics

    Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018
    by Melissa Moss, Office of Communications

    With the goal of creating next-generation computing power to support high-energy physics research, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that Princeton University will lead a new NSF-funded coalition of 17 research universities to be called the Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High Energy Physics (IRIS-HEP).

    The institute will develop computing software and expertise to enable a new era of discovery at the world's most powerful physics experiment, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

  • The spotlight of attention is more like a strobe, say researchers

    Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    You don’t focus as well as you think you do.

    That’s the fundamental finding of a team of researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley who studied monkeys and humans and discovered that attention pulses in and out four times per second.

  • Foam could offer greener option for petroleum drillers

    Friday, Aug 10, 2018
    by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

    Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, provides critical energy for society, but also uses large amounts of fresh water while producing corresponding amounts of wastewater. Water-based foams, which use about 90 percent less water than fracking fluids, provide an alternative, but the mechanism for foam-driven fracture in such drilling is not well understood.

  • MacMillan lab finds new way to bond molecules that could speed drug discovery

    Monday, Aug 6, 2018
    by by Amy Carleton

    Bringing new drugs to market takes time. Laboratory testing, clinical research and U.S. Food and Drug Administration review — and all the steps in between — add up to 17 years, on average, for research evidence to reach clinical practice.

    But what if organic chemists could speed up that process by providing medicinal chemists with new tools that would facilitate selective molecule activation to support drug discovery?

  • Immune cell provides cradle for mammary stem cells

    Thursday, May 17, 2018
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    A new study finds that one of the toughest characters in the immune system, the macrophage, has a nurturing side, at least when it comes to guarding the developing breast.

    The study published online this week in the journal Science found that macrophages play an important role in maintaining the mammary gland's stem cell niche, a sort of nursery for the precursors of milk-producing cells in the breast.

  • ‘Dynamic incubator space’ for science-based innovation formally opens

    Friday, May 18, 2018
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    With a ribbon-cutting, speeches and tour of its extensive laboratory space, the formal opening of the new high-tech Princeton Innovation Center BioLabs incubator was celebrated Thursday, May 17.

    A crowd of more than 100 representatives from Princeton University, the town of Plainsboro, local industries and the center's first tenant companies attended the event at the Forrestal Center in Plainsboro.

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