Natural Sciences

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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.

Michael Neidig

Neidig wins young investigator award

The Department of Energy honored Michael Neidig with an Early Career Award, recognizing him as one of the nation’s “exceptional researchers” in the “crucial early career years.”

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Has childcare led to smarter humans?

Steven Piantadosi and Celeste Kidd developed an evolutionary model in which higher levels of intelligence may be driven by the demands of raising infants.

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Where did all those cracks come from?

According to Alice Quillen, a strong tidal encounter may be the source of cracks forming on icy moons.

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Are we alone in the universe?

For years, scientists have wondered about other lifeforms and civilizations in the universe. In a new paper, Adam Frank says those beings could be out there. (Photo: George Thomas/Flickr)

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New methods of producing molecules

Daniel Weix specializes in developing better ways of creating molecules with the goal of speeding up the discovery of useful compounds. (Photo: Flickr/Steve Jurvetson)

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Balancing selection may explain genetic variation

A study by James Fry offers strong support for the balancing selection theory by examining how different strains of Drosophila melanogaster handle alcohol.

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A clue to wrangling bed bugs

A University research team, led by biology professor Jack Werren has helped map the genome of the common bed bug, an important step toward eliminating the known parasite.

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A better fuel alternative

A team led by William Jones has developed a series of reactions that results in the selective conversion of ethanol to butanol, without producing unwanted byproducts.

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Physics researchers win Breakthrough Prize

Steven Manly and Kevin McFarland are among the 2016 laureates of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. Their team’s work on neutrinos could lead to a new frontier in the study of physical sciences.

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A most-widely cited patent

David Goldfarb is the sole owner of a popular patent that could one day lead to treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, or even slow down the aging process.

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What caused the ice age?

Can the first ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere tell us more about reverse global warming? Carmala Garzione and John Tarduno aim to find out in a new research project.

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Bell’s Inequality is not the guidepost it was believed to be

Physicists have struggled to find a clear boundary between our everyday world and the quantum world. A new paper co-authored by Joseph Eberly may determine that Bell’s Inequality is not the guidepost to this boundary.

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