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Mineral deposits in a region called Northeast Syrtis Major suggest a plethora of once-habitable environments. By mapping those deposits in the region’s larger geological context, Brown researchers may help set the stage for a future rover mission.
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Brown’s new Biomedical Innovation Fund has made two grants to accelerate the commercialization of technologies — one for diagnosing drug dependence in newborns and a second for discovering anti-ALS medicines.
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At a daylong event at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts on Thursday, April 20, six renowned women scientists will speak about their work amid remarks and presentations by colleagues, including President Christina Paxson.
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The Brown University School of Public Health will feature the urgency and importance of population health scholarship with the premiere of a documentary on the opioid crisis, a broad-ranging research exposition and a lecture on gun violence.
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Because current methods for assessing the viability of IVF-created embryos are not sufficiently reliable, more research on embryo development is needed, two experts write in a new review article.
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With the investigational BrainGate brain-computer interface and implanted muscle-stimulating electrodes, a man paralyzed from the shoulders down was able to use his arm and hand to eat, drink and perform other activities, according to new research in <em>The Lancet</em>.
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Less than a third of men in a large national survey reported talking with their doctor about both the pros and cons of the PSA blood test for prostate cancer, and the likelihood has decreased further since a national panel recommended against the test.
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A young-looking volcanic caldera on the Moon has been interpreted by some as evidence of relatively recent lunar volcanic activity, but new research suggests it's not so young after all.
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Medical school graduates celebrate Match Day 2017

Balloons dropped and champagne popped at the Warren Alpert Medical School when the clock struck noon and students found out where their medical careers will begin.
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New grant extends IMSD across all sciences

The Initiative to Maximize Student Development, which has increased the diversity of doctoral students in the life sciences and supported student achievement, will expand to serve physical sciences, engineering and mathematics.
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The process by which medical students become residents has a very precise moment of culmination — noon on the third Friday in March — but the preparation takes months of hard work and expense that has been increasing over time.
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To lead a new paper in Health Affairs that describes the exceptional success of Costa Rica’s approach to primary care, student Madeline Pesec combined her own initiative and talent with Brown’s unique academic programs and alumni network.
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By enabling them to ask a question when they’re confused, an algorithm developed at Brown University helps robots get better at fetching objects, an important task for future robot assistants.
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New studies illustrate how gamers get good

Researchers led by a Brown University computer scientist used data from online video games to study what kinds of practice and habits help people acquire skill.
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Bringing evidence to health screening debates

At a talk and panel discussion in Boston the morning of Feb. 19, Brown University biostatistician Constantine Gatsonis discussed how big trials help us make sense of our many questions about cancer screening.
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Biomedical research hub makes first pilot awards

Advance Clinical and Translational Research (Advance-CTR), a statewide partnership established last year to support collaborative medical studies that build on basic research, has awarded its first two Pilot Project grants.
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Delivering on the promise of preventing HIV infections with antiretroviral medicines, or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), requires thinking about PrEP as a nine-step continuum of preventive care, Brown researchers write in the journal AIDS.
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Experiments show how electrons in Mott insulators with strong spin-orbit coupling arrange themselves to make the materials magnetic at low temperatures. The work could help zero in on a more complete quantum theory of magnetism.
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A routine diabetes test produces lower blood sugar readings in African-Americans with sickle cell trait than in those without, potentially leading patients to remain untreated or with a mistaken sense of blood sugar control, study finds.
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Research pushes concept of entropy out of kilter

Entropy isn’t well understood in systems that aren’t at equilibrium, but a new experiment shows a non-equilibrium phenomenon that actually depends upon entropy.
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A new study shows that Brown University’s mini-brains produce networks of capillaries, an important anatomical feature for lab studies of stroke and other circulation-related brain diseases.
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People who continued to train on a visual task for 20 minutes past the point of mastery locked in that learning, shielding it from interference by new learning, a new study in Nature Neuroscience shows.
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Grant advances work to improve hip fracture care

A new grant, co-led by Dr. Richard W. Besdine, will promote adoption of a care model in which geriatricians and other physicians co-manage care for older patients with hip fractures.
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Fast talkers tend to convey less information with each word and syntactic structure than slower-paced speakers, meaning that no matter our pace, we all say just about as much in a given time, a new study finds.
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