An international team of researchers has discovered that the cerebellum, located at the base of the skull, holds neurons that are much more active than previously thought. The research by Princeton Professor Sam Wang and others indicates that the cerebellum carries a rich representation of messages arriving from outside the body as well as from other parts of the brain.
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In many species, mating comes at the steep price of an organism's life, an evolutionary process intended to regulate reproductive competition. But Princeton University researchers report that males of the roundworm species Caenorhabditis elegans have doubled down with two methods of checking out after reproducing — a lethal gene activated after mating, and pheromones released by other males. The findings provide insight into how aging, longevity and population are naturally regulated for differe
A number of innovative research projects ranging from the sciences to the arts and engineering have been granted funding through Princeton's Office of the Dean for Research.
Theories developed at Princeton University led to the creation of time crystals to be reported in the journal Nature March 9 by two groups of researchers based at Harvard University and the University of Maryland. Time crystals feature atoms and molecules arranged across space and time and are opening up entirely new ways to think about the nature of matter. They also eventually may help protect information in futuristic devices known as quantum computers.
The influx of pollution from Asia in the western United States and more frequent heat waves in the eastern U.S. are responsible for the persistence of smog in these regions over the past quarter century despite laws laws curtailing the emission of smog-forming chemicals from cars and factories.
Since the Middle Ages, alchemists have sought to transmute elements, the most famous example being the long quest to turn lead into gold. Now, Princeton University theorists have proposed a different approach to this ancient ambition — just make one material behave like another. The researchers demonstrate that any two systems can be made to look alike, even if just for the smallest fraction of a second.
Princeton and Intel researchers have collaborated to develop software that allows for "decoding digital brain data" to reveal how neural activity gives rise to learning, memory and other cognitive functions. The software can be used in real time during an fMRI brain scan.
Princeton University researchers have found that the roundworms Caenorhabditis elegans have a sure-fire method of ensuring a steady supply of a bacteria they eat — they grow their own. The worms carry the bacteria Escherichia coli along with them, and drop bacteria along the way to create thriving new bacterial colonies that the worms later return to "harvest" and eat.
The 12th annual Innovation Forum held last week featured presentations about topics such as medial innovations and smart sensors. A range of faculty, grad students and postdocs participated — and networked — with leaders from a range of industries. The forum was held in Maeder Hall in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.
Three Princeton projects with transformative potential in science and technology — revolutionizing medical imaging, optimizing biofuel production and enhancing wind power — have been awarded funds through the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. Eric Schmidt will receive the Woodrow Wilson Award at Alumni Day this Saturday.