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February 27, 2015
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Seven innovative projects have been awarded support through Princeton University's Dean for Research innovation funds. Now in its second year, the program enables faculty members to pursue bold new ideas.
Researchers from Princeton University and Uppsala University in Sweden have identified a gene in the Galápagos finches studied by English naturalist Charles Darwin that influences beak shape and that played a role in the birds' evolution from a common ancestor more than 1 million years ago. The study appeared in Science.
Greg Scholes and his team are studying how nature collects light to power fundamental processes like photosynthesis. By understanding how nature captures light and transfers energy, researchers may someday be able to integrate similar methods into new technologies.
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People make mistakes every day because they lose focus. In an article in Nature Neuroscience, researchers at Princeton University found that training people using real-time feedback from their own brain activity can reduce the frequency of attention lapses and improve their ability to sustain attention.
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Once Upon a Time in Kamchatka: The Extraordinary Search for Natural Quasicrystals
Paul Steinhardt, Department of Physics. Sat, Mar 7, 9:30 a.m. MBG Auditorium, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Third Biennial CO2 Workshop
Researchers present their work on the conversion of carbon dioxide to chemicals and fuels. Mon, Mar 16 to Tues, Mar 17,  8:00 a.m. Taylor Auditorium, Frick Chemistry Lab

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society Professor Julian Zelizer, Woodrow Wilson School discusses his new book. Wed, Mar 25, 4:30 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

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