The use of the "campus as a laboratory" has gained popularity at Princeton and institutions worldwide. Resembling self-contained towns, universities can be an ideal place to research topics in sustainability. The approach can be used to study a range of topics, from energy conservation to natural resource management, to the human relationship with the environment.
Researchers from Princeton University and other institutions may have hit upon an answer to a climate-change puzzle that has eluded scientists for years, and that could help understand the future availability of water for hundreds of millions of people.
When it comes to the brain, "more is better" seems like an obvious assumption. But in the case of synapses, which are the connections between brain cells, too many or too few can both disrupt brain function. Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-San Diego recently found an immune-system protein that moonlights in the nervous system to help regulate the number of synapses, and could play an unexpected role in conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, type II diabete
Princeton University faculty member Sabine Petry, an associate professor of molecular biology, was one of 18 early-career researchers nationwide to receive a 2014 Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Capping decades of searching, Princeton scientists observe elusive particle that is its own antiparticle
Princeton University scientists have observed an exotic particle that behaves simultaneously like matter and antimatter, a feat of math and engineering that could yield powerful computers based on quantum mechanics. The team, which includes researchers from the University of Texas-Austin, published a report in the journal Science.
Recent Princeton University postdoctoral researchers Jeremy Palmer, of chemical and biological engineering, and Knut Drescher, of molecular biology, received 2014 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists, which recognize outstanding postdoctoral scientists in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.
Princeton's new Center for Digital Humanities will be a nexus of engagement with transformative technologies that will foster and support interdisciplinary projects across the humanities, computer sciences and library sciences.
A study led by Princeton University researchers found that a triple-punch of antibodies both prevented hepatitis C infection and wiped out the disease after it had established itself in laboratory mice. Instead of delivering the antibodies directly, the researchers administered a genetic "instruction set" that, once in a cell, developed into antibodies that target the portions of the virus that do not mutate.
Princeton University researchers have developed a new method to increase the brightness, efficiency and clarity of LEDs, which are widely used on smartphones and portable electronics as well as becoming increasingly common in lighting.
Understanding the current and future cycles of fall leaf coloration illuminates what's to come for agriculture, water supplies and animal behavior, among many other areas.
Princeton University researchers Robert Cava, Loren Pfeiffer and Mansour Shayegan have been chosen as Moore Materials Synthesis Investigators by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Expanding the Age of Eligibility for Measles Vaccination Could Increase Childhood Survival in Africa
Expanding the age of eligibility for measles vaccination from 12 to 15 months could help Africa inch closer to the national coverage levels required for measles eradication.
Researchers at Princeton University have begun crystallizing light as part of an effort to answer fundamental questions about the physics of matter.
Data has shown that mothers in their first trimester who were exposed to the dust cloud of 9/11 experienced higher-than-normal negative birth outcomes.
Danelle Devenport, a Princeton University assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology, is one of four researchers nationwide to receive a 2014 Young Investigator Award from the Bert L and N Kuggie Vallee Foundation in Boston.
The pond-dwelling, single-celled organism Oxytricha trifallax has the remarkable ability to break its own DNA into nearly a quarter-million pieces and rapidly reassemble those pieces when it's time to mate.
Princeton University's Laboratory Learning Program provides an opportunity for selected high school students to work with faculty and research staff in engineering and the natural sciences.
Coal's continued dominance of global industrialization must be made more vivid in climate change accounting
The world's accounting system for carbon emissions, run by the United Nations, disregards capital investments in future coal-fired and natural-gas power plants that will commit the world to several decades and billions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study from Princeton University and the University of California-Irvine.
A team of economists discover that the effects of local industry fluctuations are widespread, affecting not only local producers but other industries in different regions.
China's rapid socioeconomic growth continues to tax national water resources. The researchers report in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that reducing agricultural production in these provinces and importing food commodities from other provinces or nations instead could help China conserve more water.
Princeton and Columbia universities have proposed a method that could allow scientists to customize and grow highly purified crystals, known as photonic crystals, with relative ease.
In the first evidence that natural selection favors an individual's infection tolerance, researchers from Princeton University and the University of Edinburgh have found that an animal's ability to endure an internal parasite strongly influences its reproductive success.
Moses Charikar, a professor of computer science and Anatoly Spitkovsky, an associate professor of astrophysical sciences have been selected to receive 2014 Simons Investigators awards.
Global use of antibiotics is surging, according to Princeton University researchers who have conducted a broad assessment of antibiotic consumption around the world.
A study led by Princeton University researchers has revealed a gene which is implicated in promoting the spread of breast cancer tumors. In collaboration with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (Rutgers-CINJ), researchers hope to someday have a drug that could improve, cure or control breast cancer by targeting the particular pathways that are associated with metastasis and the progression of disease.
Two Princeton University faculty members have been selected as 2014 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences, and will receive flexible funding over four years to help establish their research careers.
Princeton University researchers merged two powerful areas of research to enable an unprecedented chemical reaction that neither could broadly achieve on its own. The resulting bond formation could provide an excellent shortcut for chemists as they construct and test thousands of molecules to find new drugs.
Using a computer model to explore water as it freezes, a team at Princeton University has found that water's weird behaviors may arise from a sort of split personality: at very cold temperatures and above a certain pressure, water may spontaneously split into two liquid forms.
Alexei Korennykh, a Princeton University assistant professor of molecular biology, was selected for a 2014 Investigators in Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
Scientists at Princeton University have shown that negatively charged particles known as electrons can flow extremely rapidly due to quantum behaviors in a type of material known as a topological Dirac semi-metal.
Two new research technologies — a microscope for probing bacterial biofilms and an instrument to measure the properties of ultrathin plastics — have been awarded funding at Princeton University through the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. Established in 2009 by Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, a 1976 Princeton alumnus and former trustee, and his wife, Wendy, the fund supports projects with the potential for broad impacts on research in the natural sciences or eng
Princeton University researchers report that smaller groups actually tend to make more accurate decisions, while larger assemblies may become excessively focused on only certain pieces of information.
A research project focused on understanding fiscal stimulus payments and household balance sheets discovered that to maximize the amount of the stimulus payments spent, you may want to pay out to people at middle-class levels of income as well as the lowest levels.
Court’s Gutting of Campaign Finance Laws May Enhance Influence of Corporations and Wealthy Americans
Affluent individuals and business corporations already have vastly more influence on federal government policy than average citizens, according to recently released research by Princeton University and Northwestern University.
Studies examining the interactions between genes and social environments using telomeres as a biomarker have shown that African American boys at nine years of age who have experienced a stressful social environment have accelerated aging or stress-mediated wear and tear on the body, which can make them more vulnerable to all kinds of illnesses and diseases.
The hackathon opened Friday evening at Jadwin Gym on the Princeton University campus and continued for 36 hours ending Sunday afternoon, March 30. Some 500 undergraduates from more than 40 universities, packed the gym working furiously on programming and hardware projects.
The challenges facing women in sciences, mathematics and engineering — be it discouragement, or balancing the obligations of work and family — can be overcome with confidence, support and tenacity.
Mohammad Seyedsayamdost, an assistant professor of chemistry, has been named a 2014 Searle Scholar for his innovative research and potential for making significant contributions to chemical and biological research.
Research shows that parents who hold their baby and lovingly respond to the baby's needs form a secure attachment with the child and provide a base for stronger cognitive, social and emotional development.
On March 12th, students at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School-South participated in the first public demonstration of an invention that fills a gap in online education by providing students and instructors anywhere in the world with a way to take part in a laboratory experiment.
Researchers from Princeton University and the Swiss Federal Institute of Techonology confirmed that during the last ice age wind-borne dust carried iron to the region north of Antarctica, where iron fertilization caused plankton to thrive and eventually led to the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Because fruit flies are a common model for studying the systems of more advanced beings such as humans and have the basic components of more complex nervous systems, studying them could help researchers understand rapid decision-making.
Kahn and Cerf are often called the fathers of the Internet. Although both men prefer to share the credit with others, they wrote the fundamental rules, or protocols, that are the basis of the Net. Their original system remains the foundation of modern communications.
The material that protects our teeth is being tested for it's ability to protect stone monuments and statues from the harsh elements.
The first annual Dean for Research Innovation Funds have been awarded to a group of projects that push the boundaries of research in the natural sciences, encourage research partnerships with industry, and facilitate collaborations between investigators in the arts and the sciences or engineering.
A competition showcasing University research with commercial potential, the Innovation Forum allows inventors to pitch their ideas to a panel of investors and business leaders.
Along with eggs, soup and rubber toys, the list of the chicken's most lasting legacies may eventually include advanced materials. The researchers report that the unusual arrangement of cells in a chicken's eye constitutes the first known biological occurrence of a potentially new state of matter known as "disordered hyperuniformity," which has been shown to have unique physical properties.
Research projects such as finding solutions to sustainably address our energy needs and developing green cement technologies represent the best of industrial-academic partnerships.
Princeton University psychology professor Michael Graziano has developed a new theory of consciousness he calls the "attention schema theory" that takes a completely different approach to explaining consciousness.
DarkSide-50,an experiment that began this fall in Italy, is aimed at finding dark matter, a mysterious substance known as that makes up a quarter of the universe. Researchers feel that finding this substance will solidify our understanding of how the universe formed and shed light on its ultimate fate.
Princeton University's Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund, which supports discoveries that have significant potential for further development into products or services, has been awarded to four technologies: enhanced cybersecurity, non-scarring tattoo removal, 3-D photography and a laser-scanning device.
A sun shade designed to account for the sun’s path within a specific geographic location can keep harmful types of ultraviolet rays away from playgrounds and gathering spots.
Researchers hope that by studying other solar systems they can confirm theories about how planets form and perhaps even learn whether life exists on these other worlds.
Secrets of the Southern Ocean. Explorers probe the ocean's role in the world's ecosystems and climate.
Princeton researchers push through the challenging conditions in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica because they want to learn more about the waters at the bottom of the globe, which have a significant impact on the Earth’s ecosystems and climate.
Princeton researchers come up with nearly 100 new discoveries of commercial potential each year. The inventors and their discoveries were highlighted a the University's annual event, Celebrate Princeton Invention.
A Princeton-led team has found that even if carbon dioxide emissions came to a sudden halt, the carbon dioxide already in Earth's atmosphere could continue to warm our planet for hundreds of years.
The Future of Children – a collaboration between the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution – has released the first comprehensive report since 9/11 to uncover what we know and don't know about military children and their families.
Studies show Amazon deforestation could result in water and food shortages in the western United States.
Report highlights role of Princeton's federally funded research in driving innovation and economic growth
Current funding environment could jeopardize future university research and economic growth.
Princeton scientists discover that identifying patterns in data can be a solution to data overload.
Princeton researchers make a fundamental discovery about the likely role of gravity in limiting the size of cells.
Researchers based at Princeton University found that land ecosystems have kept the planet cooler by absorbing billions of tons of carbon, especially during the past 60 years.
Red Crabs could help scientists understand the consequences of climate change for the millions of migratory animals in Earth's tropical zones.
This year's Nobel prizes in physics and physiology or medicine were awarded to researchers with connections to Princeton. Princeton University researchers have been significantly involved in the 50-year endeavor to observe the Higgs boson, and the winner in physiology or medicine, James Rothman, is a former Princeton faculty member.
Five teams, each with three Princeton students and one Kenyan student, were paired with a research scientist. Their goal: to produce a film in the scientist's area of focus.
Research implies that climate can be very useful for predicting marine distribution shifts.
Princeton researchers are part of a comprehensive study of flood risks that will develop four integrated coastal resilient design strategies for vulnerable coastal populations in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.
RealBrush, a program that allows computer artists to quickly and easily produce realistic brushstrokes on their computers combines graphics algorithms with "Big Data" storage and retrieval techniques.
The cyclic wobble of the Earth on its axis controls the production of a nutrient essential to the health of the ocean, according to a new study in the journal Nature.
New Jersey K-12 science teachers in the QUEST program become the students, observing and collecting evidence for self-designed research projects.
A student-led project, called FireStop, provides relevant information to firefighters, such as building layouts, fire hydrant location and hazardous material warnings.
A device for pasteurizing eggs in the shell could lead to a sharp reduction in illnesses caused by egg-borne salmonella bacteria.
New research indicates that being poor may keep a person from concentrating on the very avenues that would lead them out of poverty.
A new wide-field camera, the result of an international collaboration between Princeton University astrophysicists and Japanese and Taiwanese scientists, represents a giant step into a new era of observational astronomy.
At the close of an extremely challenging ten weeks, members of the eLab summer business accelerator program present their startup businesses on Demo Day to a crowd that includes entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
Ultrathin radios embedded directly on thin plastic sheets can be applied to walls and other structures and used as an invisible communications system inside buildings or sophisticated structural monitors for bridges and roads.
This summer, 72 college students from across the country are immersing themselves in research in labs at Princeton University, discovering what it is like to be a scientist.
Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley suggest that more human conflict is a likely outcome of climate change.
The path of the peanut from a snack staple to the object of bans at schools, day care centers and beyond offers important insights into how and why a rare, life-threatening food allergy can prompt far-reaching societal change, according to a Princeton University researcher.
The road from university laboratory to marketplace is not easy. TAG Optics Inc. illustrates the journey that new technologies — and their inventors — take as they embark on the path to commercialization.
Data-driven: Health economist Janet Currie uses large data sets to study environmental threats to children's health
Access to data on births, deaths, insurance claims and other records are helping economist Janet Currie tackle big questions about child health.
Researchers have demonstrated that 3-D printing is an effective strategy for interweaving tissue with electronics.
The U.S. electric utility industry faces a critical juncture as new technology and declining prices allow a more "distributed" system of small-scale generators, renewable energy installations and energy-efficiency strategies, according to a group of high-level energy industry executives and regulators who met at Princeton University recently.
A collaboration of researchers in the physical and biological sciences seeks a better understanding of the physical and chemical forces that shape the emergence and behavior of cancer.
Two Princeton University research projects — a new tool for visualizing drug therapy in the brain and a method for aiding the search for planets outside our solar system — have been selected to receive grants from Princeton's Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.
Princeton University's School of Engineering is unique in combining the strengths of a world-leading research institution with the qualities of an outstanding liberal arts college.
Graduate student Carlee Joe-Wong's work as an undergraduate has led to new ways that wireless companies could reduce congestion by varying their prices depending on the time of day.
Mark Zondlo, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and a team of researchers are mapping Earth's atmosphere from pole to pole in search of the most comprehensive picture yet of greenhouse gases and how they affect climate.
Three winning technologies were announced Tuesday, March 12 at the Princeton University Keller Center Innovation Forum. The Forum offers University researchers the opportunity to compete for prize money aimed at moving laboratory discoveries into the product development stage.
Research that spans the globe in Discovery: Research at Princeton
Energy research is featured in Discovery: Research at Princeton.
A team of five Princeton engineering graduate students is leading a yearlong field research project using new laser sensors to measure pollutants with unprecedented sensitivity.
The Princeton Energy and Environment Corporate Affiliates Program, a consortium of industrial partners working with Princeton University, has awarded grants to two projects: Turning municipal solid waste into fuel and reducing greenhouse gases emitted in making concrete.
By studying the common fruitfly, Stas Shvartsman's lab in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics is learning how cells signal each other in order to grow from the simple structure of an embryo into a full-grown, complex creature.
Starlings strike an optimal balance between the work of responding to social cues from their neighbors and the need to conserve energy. This trade-off yields a special number: seven. The finding has implications not just for unlocking the mysteries of coordinated animal movements, but also for the field of robotics, in which engineers seek to emulate nature's efficiency in coordinating the activity of many individuals in uncertain environments.
A mathematical framework developed at Princeton University strips away the differences between classical and quantum mechanics to reveal how the ideas are compatible.
Nine new technologies with promising societal or commercial applications will get a boost from a Princeton University program aimed at bridging the gap between the laboratory and the marketplace.
At Princeton, engineering and art often intersect, creating something new and entirely unexpected.
Princeton Professor Jorge Sarmiento studies the vital role Earth's oceans play in the complex biochemical process through which carbon is exchanged among water, soil and atmosphere.
This virtual 3-D walkthrough of four principal buildings uncovered during Princeton University's archaeological excavations in Cyprus is part of the Princeton Art Museum's City of Gold exhibit. The animations were created by graduate and undergraduate students under the direction of Joanna Smith, a lecturer in art and archaeology, and Szymon Rusinkiewicz, a professor of computer science.
Emily Carter, founding director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton, talks about why she decided to devote her career to energy research.
innovation triples the efficiency of organic solar cells
Leading Princeton scientists met with corporate partners at Synergize 2012, the first annual meeting of the Princeton University Energy and Environment Corporate Affiliates Program.
The grant establishes the Paul F. Glenn Laboratories for Aging Research at Princeton under the leadership of Coleen Murphy.
Students and faculty celebrated the first year of a partnership with Banco Santander to support international scholarship and programs at Princeton University.
New laser sensors use quantum cascade lasers to perform chemical fingerprinting of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane and water vapor, as well as ammonia and carbon monoxide, which are related to air quality. These trace gas sensors were developed in laboratories that are part of Princeton's Mid-InfraRed Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE), a center funded by the National Science Foundation.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Princeton a $3.3 million challenge grant to support the University's initiative to make the arts central to the Princeton undergraduate experience.
Catalyst could have uses in drug discovery and development.
Four student teams presented their enterprise concepts to venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and business people from the Princeton area and beyond.
A video game designed for predatory fish addresses lingering evolutionary questions about group formation and movement in animals, according to a new paper in Science
The second in a series of profiles of graduate students and post-docs in the Department of Chemistry across the spectrum of specialties: organic, inorganic, physical, chemical biology and theoretical. This profile features postdoctoral researcher Kevin Welsher in the physical chemistry group of Associate Professor Haw Yang.
Two Princeton University professors have received the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers.