Project to build a diverse coalition of researchers to confront nuclear dangers

A group of Princeton researchers has been awarded a two-year grant by the American Physical Society Innovation Fund to educate and re-engage the U.S. physics community on the globally important issue of the risk posed by nuclear weapons and the pressing need to reduce this threat. Leading the work will be Alexander Glaser, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and international affairs and co-director of Princeton’s Program on Science and Global Security.

Solutions to urban heat differ between tropical and drier climes

In summer heat, cities may swelter more than nearby suburbs and rural areas. And while the size of this urban heat island effect varies widely among the world’s cities, heat island intensity can largely be explained by a city’s population and precipitation level, researchers reported in a paper published Sept. 4 in the journal Nature. The analysis suggests that cooling cities by planting more vegetation may be more effective in drier regions than in wetter ones.

'100-year' floods will happen every one to 30 years, according to new flood maps

Princeton researchers have developed new maps that predict coastal flooding for every county on the Eastern and Gulf Coasts and find 100-year floods could become annual occurrences in New E; and happen every one to 30 years along the southeast Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico shorelines.

High school students connect materials science to future careers and global challenges

High schoolers toured materials science and engineering labs, participated in coursework and projects, and interacted with graduate students  as part of the Princeton University Materials Academy (PUMA), a three-week program held in July.

Program empowers youth to shape the future of artificial intelligence

Princeton hosted its second annual AI4ALL camp from July 21 to Aug. 10, bringing 32 students from around the country to campus for intensive training, group projects and guest lectures by leading researchers in artificial intelligence.

Demo Days showcase student entrepreneurs’ solutions to community problems

For the past eight years, the Keller Center has sponsored the program, which culminates in two days of team presentations by student entrepreneurs. This year, the Demo Days were held on Aug. 13 in the Friend Center on campus and on Aug. 14 at the Manhattan headquarters of Serendipity Labs.

Offshore oil and gas rigs leak more greenhouse gas than expected

A survey of offshore installations extracting oil and natural gas in the North Sea revealed far more leakage of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, than currently estimated by the British government, according to a research team led by scientists from Princeton University.

A small number of leaky natural gas wells produce large emissions of greenhouse gases

Wells that extract natural gas from underground often leak large amounts of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, into the air. A team of Princeton University researchers has found that, in one of the biggest gas-producing regions, most of these emissions come from a tiny subset of the wells, a finding with major implications for how to control the problem. 

Summer school marks 10th year of bringing young combustion scientists to ‘the edge of research’

Each summer since 2010, the Princeton-Combustion Institute Summer School on Combustion has brought together top scientists to teach graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from around the world. Combined with a sister program in China, the summer schools have helped advance the careers of more than 4,000 students.

Researchers reverse engineer the ‘fireworks of life’

Imagine standing in a lumberyard and being asked to build a house — without blueprints or instructions of any kind. The materials are all in front of you, but that doesn’t mean you have the first idea how to get from point A to point B.