• Brown undergrad sheds light on early Mars climate

    Brown undergrad sheds light on early Mars climate

    When Eliott Rosenberg learned that Brown professor Jim Head had worked with the Apollo astronauts, he jumped at the chance to take his class. That decision led to a summer of research, new insights into the climate of ancient Mars, and a peer-reviewed publication.

  • Study suggests active volcanism on Venus

    Study suggests active volcanism on Venus

    Planetary scientists know that volcanoes have crackled on the surface of Venus for much of the planet's history. Now, using data from the Venus Express spacecraft, an international team of researchers has found new evidence that some of those Venusian volcanoes may still be active today.

  • Martian Glass: Window into possible past life?

    Martian Glass: Window into possible past life?

    Brown University researchers have found large deposits of glass formed by impactors on the surface of Mars. On Earth, impact glasses have been shown to sometimes preserve signatures of ancient life. That makes these deposits potentially interesting places to look for signs of past life on the Red Planet.

  • Fossil study: Dogs evolved with climate change

    Fossil study: Dogs evolved with climate change

    A cooling, drying climate over the last 40 million years turned North America from a warm and wooded place into the drier, open plains we know today. A new study shows how dogs evolved in response to those changes, demonstrating that predators are sensitive to climate change because it alters the hunting opportunities in their habitat.

  • Bright screens at night imperil sleep of young teens

    Bright screens at night imperil sleep of young teens

    A new study looked at the effect of light exposure at night — like that from phones or tablets — on the biology of teen sleep. The researchers found that children in early to middle puberty were especially vulnerable to suppression of a hormone key to sleep timing.

  • Pigments, organelles persist in fossil feathers

    Pigments, organelles persist in fossil feathers

    An international team of researchers has found direct chemical evidence that the fossilized remains of a bird-like dinosaur still harbor melanosomes and the pigment they produced. Their study reinforces the idea that scientists can discern the coloration of long-lost animals.

  • Inmates cut off methadone less likely to seek it after release

    Inmates cut off methadone less likely to seek it after release

    When people on methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) are incarcerated in the United States, they are almost always forced off of the addiction-controlling medicine. In a randomized trial led by researchers at Brown University and The Miriam Hospital, inmates allowed to stay on MMT while in jail proved much more likely to seek treatment after release than those whose treatment was interrupted.

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