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artificial metabolomes

Molecular Thumb Drives: Researchers Store Digital Images in Metabolite Molecules

In a step toward molecular storage systems that could hold vast amounts of data in tiny spaces, Brown University researchers have shown...
quantum states

Research Reveals Exotic Quantum States in Double-Layer Graphene

Researchers from Brown and Columbia Universities have demonstrated previously unknown states of matter that arise in double-layer stacks of graphene, a two-dimensional...
Brain-computer interfacevideo

Brain-Computer Interface Enables People with Paralysis to Control Tablet Devices

Tablets and other mobile computing devices are part of everyday life, but using them can be difficult for people with paralysis. New research from...
seaweed-derived alginate

Researchers Create New ‘Smart’ Material with Potential Biomedical, Environmental Uses

Brown University researchers have shown a way to use graphene oxide (GO) to add some backbone to hydrogel materials made from alginate, a natural...
electroencephalography

Brown Researchers Develop New Test to Objectively Measure Pain, Test Medications

If you’ve ever visited the emergency department with appendicitis, or you’re one of the 100 million U.S. adults who suffer from chronic pain, you’re familiar with...
hydrogen fuel cells

New, Durable Catalyst for Key Fuel Cell Reaction May Prove Useful...

One factor holding back the widespread use of eco-friendly hydrogen fuel cells in cars, trucks and other vehicles is the cost of the platinum...
terahertz wireless

Study Exposes Security Vulnerabilities in Terahertz Data Links

A new study shows that terahertz data links, which may play a role in ultra-high-speed wireless data networks of the future, aren’t as immune...
optical illusions

Brown Researchers Teach Computers to See Optical Illusions

Is that circle green or gray? Are the center lines straight or tilted?Optical illusions can be fun to experience and debate, but understanding how...
Boron-Based Nanoclusters

Research Finds New Molecular Structures in Boron-Based Nanoclusters

Brown University researchers and collaborators from Tsinghua University in China have shown that nanoclusters made from boron and lanthanide elements form highly stable and...
graphene

Research Shows Graphene Forms Electrically Charged Crinkles

Researchers from Brown University have discovered another peculiar and potentially useful property of graphene, one-atom-thick sheets of carbon, that could be useful in guiding...
cardiac bypass surgeries

Biomedical Engineering Capstone Class Spurs Innovation, New Devices

At the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year, Dr. Neel Sodha, a cardiothoracic surgeon, walked into a classroom full of Brown University engineering students...
liquid crystals

Research Reveals How Order First Appears in Liquid Crystals

Liquid crystals undergo a peculiar type of phase change. At a certain temperature, their cigar-shaped molecules go from a disordered jumble to a more...
solar cells

Researchers Discover New Lead-Free Perovskite Material for Solar Cells

A class of materials called perovskites has emerged as a promising alternative to silicon for making inexpensive and efficient solar cells. But for all...
micro device

New Approach to Measuring Stickiness Could Aid Micro-Device Design

Brown University engineers have devised a new method of measuring the stickiness of micro-scale surfaces. The technique, described in Proceedings of the Royal Society A,...
brain-computer interface

People with Tetraplegia Gain Rapid Use of Brain-Computer Interface

For a brain-computer interface (BCI) to be truly useful for a person with tetraplegia, it should be ready whenever it’s needed, with minimal expert...
epilepsy

Scientists Watch the CLOCK Gene for Potential Epilepsy Connections

Epilepsy affects 2.2 million people in the United States, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. A new discovery by scientists has determined that the loss...
wireless implantable

UC San Diego Part of International Team to Develop Wireless Implantable...

Engineers at the University of California San Diego are part of an international collaboration led by Brown University to develop a wireless neural prosthetic system...
insulator

Quantum Obstacle Course Changes Material from Superconductor to Insulator

Researchers from Brown University have demonstrated an unusual method of putting the brakes on superconductivity, the ability of a material to conduct an electrical...
Samoan Obesity

Newly Identified ‘thrifty’ Genetic Variant May Explain Samoan Obesity

A new study involving researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) reports that a newly discovered genetic variant, affecting energy metabolism and fat storage, may partly explain why...
bacteria

Tiny ‘Racetracks’ Show How Bacteria Get Organized

As the world prepares to watch the Summer Olympics' track and field events in Rio, it will come as no surprise that the runners...