In Ilana Witten’s laboratory at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, researchers use pulses of light to turn on or off brain activity to learn how complex networks of neurons work to accomplish astonishing feats of learning, memory and social interaction. Her research has applications for a range of disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, autism, learning disabilities and addiction.
Monday, Mar 12, 2018
Losing a job often leads to lower earnings that stretch long beyond the time of unemployment. Yet it’s hard to know exactly what causes these lower lifetime earnings. For displaced workers in Washington state during the Great Recession, earnings dropped suddenly and had still not fully recovered five years later, according to a working paper by labor economists at Princeton University, Michigan State University and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
Thursday, Mar 8, 2018
A seemingly small difference between an increase of 1.5 and 2.0 degrees C would mean the inundation of lands currently home to about 5 million people, including 60,000 who live on small island nations, a new study found.
Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018
Three projects, each with the potential to be groundbreaking in a field of science or engineering, have been selected for funding through Princeton University’s Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.
Friday, Mar 2, 2018
Citing the enormous power of artificial intelligence to benefit but also disrupt society, Microsoft President Brad Smith on Thursday, March 1, called for standards of accountability and a “Hippocratic oath” among technologists to do no harm with the emerging tools.
Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018
Wearable medical sensors used widely in hospitals and clinics are spreading into the mainstream as tech companies increasingly incorporate them into popular electronics, from Apple’s smart watches to Fitbit fitness bands. Princeton engineers are working to take these sensor technologies one step further by developing software that could one day use multiple health clues from wearable sensors to diagnose myriad diseases in real-time.
Monday, Feb 26, 2018
On Saturday, Feb. 10, some 800 students from 48 high school teams across nine states — as far as Washington and Florida — arrived on campus to compete in the second annual Princeton University Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament.
Thursday, Feb 22, 2018
Princeton University researchers have identified a drug that extends egg viability in worms and could theoretically extend women’s fertility by three to six years.
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018
Princeton University and Merck who have developed state-of-the-art software to predict reaction yields while varying up to four components. Their software is designed to work for any reaction on any substrate, making it a powerful tool in expediting the synthesis of new medicines.
Monday, Feb 19, 2018
Climatologists are often asked, “Is climate change making hurricanes stronger?” but they can’t give a definitive answer because the global hurricane record only goes back to the dawn of the satellite era. But now, an intersection of disciplines — seismology, atmospheric sciences and oceanography — offers an untapped data source: the seismic record, which dates back to the early 20th century.