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Speed limit on DNA-making sets pace for life's first steps

Scientists puzzled for decades over their observation that fruit fly mothers withold some of the genetic building blocks their gestating offspring need to survive. Now researchers at Princeton University have found the inhibiting mechanism, which turns out to be key to the embryo's survival.

Caltech awards top alumni honor to Dean Emily Carter

The California Institute of Technology has bestowed its 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award on Emily A. Carter, Princeton University’s dean of engineering.

Princeton students tell a gripping story for NASA

But when the Princeton Rocketry Club took on NASA’s annual challenge that has students design, build and test a tool or device to address a real space exploration challenge, they went in the opposite direction. Instead of designing a hand-like device that could take ice core samples and move instruments underwater, they designed a gripper that looks like a mini beanbag. It molds itself to an object, then air is sucked out of the device so it grabs onto and pulls whatever it’s been set to hold.

Doctoral research helps develop tool to probe plastics’ behavior down to the molecular scale

A tool recently developed by a Princeton University graduate student and his advisers allows scientists to measure the glass transition temperature, which affects polymers' properties, at the molecular level.

Autonomous vehicles could be an environmental boon or disaster, depending on public policy

Widespread use of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could either massively increase or drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions depending, in large part, on public policy, according to new research from Princeton University.

Graduate students explore the ethics of artificial intelligence

As artificial intelligence advances, the questions surrounding its use have become increasingly complex. To introduce students to the challenges the technology could present and to prepare them to engage in and lead conversations about its ethical use, the Graduate School this year is offering a Professional Learning Development Cohort titled “Ethics of AI.”

'Where opportunity meets innovation': New Jersey higher education secretary caps event featuring new technologies

Researchers unveiled technical advances such as robotic injections that reduce injuries and costs and a power supply that slashes data centers’ electric bills at Princeton University’s 14th annual Innovation Forum on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

DataX effort jumpstarts demonstration data science project at Princeton

Princeton University researchers will push the limits of data science by leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning across the research spectrum in an interdisciplinary pilot project made possible through a major gift from Schmidt Futures.

Data science tool reveals molecular causes of disease, shows power in infant cancer analysis

Demonstrating a new tool with a broad ability to reveal molecular causes and markers of diseases, a Princeton University-led team has found connections between four genes and a rare cancer affecting babies and young children.

Funds spur innovation and benefit for society

A new method to combat antibiotic resistance; a way to use computer science to limit misinformation; and a plan to better understand the impacts of land use and climate change on flooding are among 19 projects awarded Innovation Research Grants this year through the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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