Top stories you may have missed in 2016

Friday, Jan 20, 2017

Princeton faculty members and their research teams produce numerous high-quality studies each year. We've selected ten not-to-be-missed stories from 2016.

Princeton researchers go to the end of the Earth for the world's oldest ice

Posted March 14, 2016 By Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications

Researchers spent seven weeks in Antarctica drilling for ice cores over 1 million years old, which would be the oldest collected. The ice could provide a snapshot of how Earth's climate was — and what it may become.

Selfie-righteous photo corrector fixes shots automatically

Jul 27, 2016 By Adam Hadhazy for the School of Engineering and Applied Science

A new tool corrects distortions in "selfie" photographs, which often present a skewed sense of noses, foreheads and ears.

PPPL researchers combine quantum mechanics and Einstein’s theory of special relativity to clear up puzzles in plasma physics

Researchers have developed a theory of plasma waves by coupling Einstein’s theory of relativity with quantum mechanics, which describes the motion of subatomic particles such as the atomic nuclei — or ions — and electrons in plasma.

Graduate student Yuan Shi. Photo by Elle Starkman


After legal-ivory experiment, black markets thrive from greater demand, less risk

Posted June 14, 2016 By Morgan Kelly, Office of Communications


American workers prefer to set work schedules, but would take wage cuts to work from home

Posted Oct 10, 2016 By B. Rose Kelly

The findings show that workers consistently dislike irregular work schedules set by employers on short notice. They would even give up one-fifth of their salary to avoid working evenings or weekends.

Bright future: Princeton researchers unlock the potential of light to perform previously impossible feats from Discovery: Research at Princeton magazine

Princeton researcher David MacMillan is a leader in developing the use of light to catalyze chemical reactions — a technique called photoredox catalysis.

Posted Nov 10, 2016 By Bennett McIntosh

Researchers flag hundreds of new genes that could contribute to autism

Posted Aug 04, 2016 By Adam Hadhazy for the School of Engineering and Applied Science

Investigators eager to uncover the genetic basis of autism could now have hundreds of promising new leads thanks to a study by Princeton University and Simons Foundation researchers

Seeing the forest for the trees: world's largest reforestation program overlooks wildlife

Posted Sep 7, 2016 by B. Rose Kelly

New research led by Princeton University finds that China's Grain-for-Green Program overwhelmingly plants monoculture forests and therefore falls dramatically short of restoring the biodiversity of China's native forests, which contain many tree species. In its current form, the program fails to benefit, protect and promote biodiversity.

Princeton's F. Duncan Haldane receives Nobel Prize in Physics

Posted October 4, 2016; 06:22 a.m. By the Office of Communications

Princeton University professor F. Duncan Haldane has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics "for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter."

F. Duncan Haldane. Photo by Denise Applewhite