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Natural Sciences

What is the nature of the universe in which we exist? From subatomic particles to the farthest reaches of the universe, the composition of the earth to the components of individual cells, we seek to answer the universe’s—and life’s—big questions.

Binary System

A close call of .8 light years

Eric Mamajek and his team report that “Scholz’s star” likely passed some 70,000 years ago through our solar system’s distant cloud of comets known as the Oort Cloud.

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Visual Pathways

Imaging the brain’s recovery

A team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons use a new imaging technique to show how the human brain heals itself following surgical removal of a brain tumor.

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Saturn's Rings

Gigantic ring system larger, heavier than Saturn’s

Astronomer Eric Mamajek and his co-author have discovered that the ring system around the Sun-like star J1407 is of enormous proportions, much larger and heavier than the ring system of Saturn.

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Close up of Human Eye

Translating Vision Research into Reality

The Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance (ARIA), a multidisciplinary lab based at the University, is conducting research that could revolutionize vision correction and our understanding of the eye.

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Professor Allen Greenleaf

Professor named a fellow of American Mathematical Society

Allan Greenleaf is recognized for his contributions to inverse problems with applications to cloaking and his service to AMS.

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Elika Bergelson

Unlocking the “Magic” Behind Babies, Language

Elika Bergelson’s research on how babies acquire language will advance more quickly, thanks to a $1.25 million award from the National Institutes of Health.

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RNA Figure

Targeting cells’ protein-making machinery may stop harmful bacteria

A new study by biologist Gloria Culver suggests that blocking ribosome formation may help kill off drug-resistant bacteria.

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Daniel Weix

The Art and Science or Organic Chemistry

Daniel Weix is working to develop better ways of creating molecules in order to accelerate the discovery of new, useful compounds.

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Monkey Eating Banana

Study Shows Monkeys also Believe in Winning Streaks

In their study of non-human primates, Tommy Blanchard and Benjamin Hayden find that monkeys also share our unfounded belief in winning and losing streaks.

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Nuclei

Protein Anchors Help Keep Embryonic Development “Just Right”

Michael Welte has discovered that the histone protein balance is regulated by the storage facilities called lipid droplets, which are best known as fat depots.

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Hubble Jets

Experiment on Earth Demonstrates Effect Observed in Space

Eric Blackman and his collaborators used plasma flows in a laboratory to understand how beam-like jets may form in space.

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Fea Cerdas Formation

Taking the Pulse of Mountain Formation in the Andes

New research by Carmala Garzione and her colleagues points to a rapid surface uplift of mountain ranges.

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