This month the world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, which shaped our concepts of space, time and gravity, and spurred generations of scientists to contemplate new ideas about the universe. The anniversary was celebrated on Nov. 5-6 at a conference co-hosted by Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study in the town of Princeton.
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Quiet 'epidemic' of drugs, alcohol and suicide has killed half a million middle-aged white Americans
Despite advances in health care and quality of life, white middle-aged Americans have seen overall mortality rates increase over the past 15 years, representing an overlooked "epidemic" with deaths comparable to the number of Americans who have died of AIDS, according to new Princeton University research by professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton.
Hunting down that evidence starts with a simple boring device, as demonstrated recently along Washington Road on the Princeton University campus as 15 graduate students, researchers and junior faculty, guided by instructors, extracted a long, thin piece of a conifer's core during a workshop on dendroclimatology — the science of determining past climates from trees.
Princeton University researchers used fruit fly brains to capture the process by which the brain identifies behaviorally useful information in the external environment and uses it to determine our actions. The results provide a clear diagram of the stimulus-to-behavior neural process that is frequently carried out by human brains, but has been difficult for scientists to study.
Princeton University professor Angus Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and a professor of economics and international affairs in Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics for his contributions to understanding consumption at the individual level and in aggregate.
A hunch about a bug living in a New Jersey swamp may end up offering a solution to several obstinate forms of water pollution. The bacterium works to break down ammonium, finds engineering professor Peter Jaffe, whose research team includes a Chinese government researcher looking into water treatment. The research team will travel to Guangdong, China, in November.
An exhibition and conference, Ultrastructures, explores the complex and intriguing connections between the macro level of buildings and design and the micro level of physical processes such as thermodynamics.
The Keller Center's summer-long eLab program provides work space, instruction and support for student teams, as well as up to $20,000 in funding without taking any equity in the fledgling ventures.
Three decades ago, as computer science was emerging from its infancy, Princeton's own Department of Computer Science was born. Professor Robert Sedgewick, who joined Princeton in 1985 and served as first chair of the new department, recalled that it was an exciting time.
Tracking mobile phone data is often associated with privacy issues, but these vast datasets could be the key to understanding how infectious diseases are spread seasonally, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.