Research
    at Princeton
October 30, 2015
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Princeton University researchers used fruit fly brains to capture the process by which the brain identifies behaviorally useful information in the external environment and uses it to determine actions.
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Professor Angus Deaton was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics for his contributions to understanding consumption at the individual level and in aggregate.
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Scientists have predicted a new phase of superionic ice, a special form of ice that could exist on Uranus and Neptune, in a theoretical study performed by a team of researchers at Princeton University. (From our research blog, Princeton Journal Watch.)
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Margaret Frye, an assistant professor of sociology at Princeton University, examines the ways the gap between experiences and ideals affects how people feel about themselves. In the scenarios she has examined, a big gap between experiences and outcomes negatively affects people's sense of well-being.
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The more instances of heavy rainfall an African savanna receives, the fewer trees it has. Princeton researchers used mathematical equations to show that physiological differences between trees and grasses are enough to explain the curious phenomenon. (From our research blog, Princeton Journal Watch.)
 
Events
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Light Falls: Space, Time, and an Obsession of Einstein Wed., Nov. 4, 8:00 p.m. An original work, weaving together dramatic portrayals, state-of-the-art animation and innovative projection techniques. Written by Brian Greene. Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

50 Years of the National Endowment for the Humanities Fri., Nov. 16, 4:30 p.m. A panel discussion featuring NEH chairman William Adams in conversation with  Princeton faculty members. 101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University

Paleontologist Jack Horner Tues., Nov. 17, 6:00 p.m. Recent discoveries suggest dinosaurs were more like birds than previously imagined. McCosh 50, Princeton University

Research at Princeton is a monthly newsletter publicizing discoveries made by University faculty, research staff and students. It is produced by the Office of the Dean for Research.
 
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