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Mechanical forces shape bacterial biofilms’ puzzling patterns

Belying their slimy natures, the sticky patches of bacteria called biofilms often form intricate, starburst-like patterns as they grow. Researchers at Princeton University have combined expertise in molecular biology, mechanical engineering and mathematical modeling to unravel the physical processes underlying these curious crinkles.

Water-balloon physics is high-impact science

Water balloons may seem like a trivial matter. A toy for mischievous kids in summer. But for scientists, the behavior of balls of liquid wrapped in a thin elastic membrane is critical to everything from understanding blood cells to fighting fires.

Food systems are fodder for curbing cities’ environmental impacts

Focusing on urbanization as a key driver of environmental change in the 21st century, researchers at Princeton University have created a framework to understand and compare cities’ food systems and their effects on climate change, water use and land use. The research will allow planners to estimate the impact of a city’s food system and evaluate policy actions.

How a chemist and a quantum engineer solved a 50-year-old puzzle — with help from the Princeton Catalysis Initiative

At the inaugural symposium of the Princeton Catalysis Initiative, Nathalie de Leon gave a research “flash talk” — an 8-minute introduction to her lab’s work — and along with sharing her team’s successes, she mentioned a longstanding problem.

Geneticists pump the brakes on DNA, revealing key developmental process

Researchers at Princeton University have revealed the inner workings of a gene repression mechanism in fruit fly embryos, adding insight to the study of human diseases.

Thawani, graduate student who blends disparate fields for health research, wins Weintraub Award

Akanksha Thawani, an explorer of cells' structural foundations, has received a Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Engineering students recognize excellence with annual teaching awards

Engineering student organizations celebrated the beneficial influence that faculty members and graduate teaching assistants have had on students’ lives and academic careers at the annual School of Engineering and Applied Science Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Student projects use computing to ensure technology serves society

At the Center for Information Technology Policy, graduate student projects demonstrate an emphasis "not just on coding and technology, but on the effect of technology on society as a whole and the impact it can have on your everyday life."

Internet security upgrade borne out of collaboration between Princeton and Let's Encrypt

An innovative protection against website counterfeiting developed by Princeton researchers went live on the internet Feb. 19, boosting security for tens of millions of websites.

Clifford Brangwynne, pioneer of cell biology, awarded Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences

Bioengineer Clifford Brangwynne, a pioneer in the soft-matter physics of cells, has been awarded the 2020 Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences.

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