Physical Sciences

  • Nobel laureate and Princeton physicist Philip Anderson dies at age 96

    Monday, Mar 30, 2020
    by The Office of Communications

    Philip Warren Anderson, one of the greatest theoretical physicists of the postwar era, died Sunday, March 29, at Princeton Windrows, age 96. Anderson was the Joseph Henry Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at Princeton University. His illustrious career included a Nobel Prize and fundamental contributions to understanding the nature of materials and collective phenomena more generally — from everyday items such as magnets to exotic superconductors and new forms of matter such as topologically ordered states.

  • Fast and fragile: Two new studies explain the strange electron flow in future materials

    Thursday, Feb 13, 2020
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    Electrons race along the surface of certain unusual crystalline materials, except that sometimes they don't. Two new studies from Princeton researchers and their collaborators explain the source of the surprising behavior and chart a course for restoring the speedy flow of electrons through these remarkable crystals, prized for their potential use in future technologies including quantum computers.

  • Microbes linked to cancer in threatened California foxes, report Princeton researchers

    Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Can staph microbes lead to cancer?

    Microbes are known to affect digestion, mood and overall health, and now Princeton researchers have shown that a shift in the microbiome is linked to cancer — at least in a threatened subspecies of foxes found only on one island off the California coast.

  • Planet WASP-12b is on a death spiral, say scientists

    Tuesday, Jan 7, 2020
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    Earth is doomed — but not for 5 billion years. Our planet will be roasted as our sun expands and becomes a red giant, but the exoplanet WASP-12b, located 600 light-years away in the constellation Auriga, has less than a thousandth of that time left: a comparatively paltry 3 million years.

  • Princeton researchers listen in on the chemical conversation of the human microbiome

    Friday, Dec 13, 2019
    by Caitlin Sedwick for the Department of Molecular Biology

    The microbial community populating the human body plays an important role in health and disease, but with few exceptions, how individual microbial species affect health and disease states remains poorly understood. A new study by Princeton researcher Mohamed Abou Donia and his colleagues, appearing in the Dec. 13 issue of the journal Science, gives scientists new tools to explore and understand the human microbiome.

  • Cosmology, research and teaching with Nobel laureate Jim Peebles

    Thursday, Dec 5, 2019
    by Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications

    In a few days, Princeton University professor emeritus and 1962 graduate alumnus James Peebles will be celebrated with the other 2019 Nobel laureates at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.

    Nobel Week kicks off Friday, Dec. 6, with an informal get-together for the laureates at the Nobel Prize Museum, then continues with lectures, a day-long seminar and concerts before an awards ceremony and banquet Dec. 10.

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