Photosynthesis and engines evolved in remarkably similar ways

A new study draws parallels between the evolution of photosynthesis and refinement of internal combustion engines.

Cold wave reveals potential benefits of urban heat islands

Researchers from Princeton University have found that the urban heat island effect — cities are hotter in the summer than their surrounding areas — also helps keep cities warmer during extreme cold. The findings have implications for urban planners in areas such as New York City or Chicago, which experience marked seasonal temperature swings.

Method reveals how hidden DNA mutations affect tissues

Using machine learning, researchers have created a computational method that reads sections of DNA and predicts how that segment will alter the activation and deactivation of genes throughout the body.

Classic math problem provides new insights for first steps of life

Researchers at Princeton and MIT have applied lessons from classic packing problems to provide new insights into the early steps of animal development.

Raz named 2018 Simons Investigator

Ran Raz, a professor of computer science, has been named a 2018 Simons Investigator in theoretical computer science by the New York-based Simons Foundation

Seven engineering faculty receive NSF CAREER awards

Seven Princeton Engineering members are among the 2018 recipients of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER awards.

Implanting diamonds with flaws to provide key technology for quantum communications

Diamonds are prized for their purity, but their flaws might hold the key to a new type of highly secure communications.

Southeast Asian forest loss much greater than expected, with negative implications for climate

Researchers using satellite imaging have found much greater than expected deforestation since 2000 in the highlands of Southeast Asia, a critically important world ecosystem. The findings are important because they raise questions about key assumptions made in projections of global climate change as well as concerns about environmental conditions in Southeast Asia in the future.

Timing is key for bacteria surviving antibiotics

In a series of experiments, Princeton researchers found that cells that repaired DNA damaged by antibiotics before resuming growth had a much better chance of surviving treatment.