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Spacecraft seeks traces of the early universe

SPIDER, a stratospheric spacecraft constructed primarily in Princeton's Jadwin Hall, will head to Antarctica this December with researchers from Princeton and other institutions to begin a 20-day orbit roughly 110,000 feet above Earth. During that period, SPIDER's six large cameras will look for the pattern of gravitational waves produced by the fluctuation of energy and density that resulted from the Big Bang. These waves are a "statistically unique fingerprint" that can be traced back to the beginning of the universe, says Princeton assistant professor of physics William Jones, who leads the multi-institutional project. Read more.

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STEM camp promotes love of science, technology

Thirty middle school students went back to school this fall enthused about science and technology after spending the summer at Princeton University's Community House STEM Summer Camp. The program inspires students from public and charter schools in Princeton to enjoy science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through interactive lessons and field trips. Read more.

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Student work: Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer to perform

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and bassist Edgar Meyer will perform at Richardson Auditorium. This preview features Princeton junior Noah Fishman and senior Austin Gengos performing and talking about the concert. Learn more.

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