• Giant umbrellas shift from convenient canopy to sturdy storm shield

    Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
    by Molly Sharlach, Office of Engineering Communications

    A storm nears the coast, stirring up wind and waves. Along the boardwalk that lines the beach, a row of oversize concrete umbrellas begins to tilt downward, transforming from a convenient canopy to a shield against the coming onslaught.

  • Water-balloon physics is high-impact science

    Thursday, Mar 19, 2020
    by Scott Lyon, School of Engineering and Applied Science

    Water balloons may seem like a trivial matter. A toy for mischievous kids in summer. But for scientists, the behavior of balls of liquid wrapped in a thin elastic membrane is critical to everything from understanding blood cells to fighting fires.

  • Mechanical forces shape bacterial biofilms’ puzzling patterns

    Thursday, Mar 26, 2020
    by Molly Sharlach, School of Engineering and Applied Science

    Belying their slimy natures, the sticky patches of bacteria called biofilms often form intricate, starburst-like patterns as they grow. Now, researchers at Princeton University have combined expertise in molecular biology, mechanical engineering and mathematical modeling to unravel the physical processes underlying these curious crinkles.

  • New mathematical model can more effectively track epidemics

    Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
    by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications

    As COVID-19 spreads worldwide, leaders are relying on mathematical models to make public health and economic decisions.

    A new model developed by Princeton and Carnegie Mellon researchers improves tracking of epidemics by accounting for mutations in diseases. Now, the researchers are working to apply their model to allow leaders to evaluate the effects of countermeasures to epidemics before they deploy them.

  • Quantum computing: Opening new realms of possibilities

    Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020
    by Tom Garlinghouse for the Office of the Dean for Research

    Hidden beneath our everyday world — on the infinitesimal scale of atomic and subatomic particles — is a strange and elusive realm. It is a Lewis Carroll-like place where ghostly particles pop in and out of existence, swirling electrons occupy two positions at once, and objects possess dual natures — they can be both waves and particles simultaneously.


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