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Tiniest chameleons deliver most powerful tongue-lashings


A new study reports one of the most explosive movements in the animal kingdom: the mighty tongue acceleration of a chameleon just a couple of inches long. The research illustrates that to observe some of nature’s best performances, scientists sometimes have to look at its littlest species.

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Blocking fat transport linked to longevity


A buildup of the wrong kind of fats can cause cardiovascular disease. A new study in nematode worms and mice also finds that a protein that transports fats around the body can hinder protective processes in cells and affect life span.

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Study finds evidence for more recent clay formation on Mars


Clays and other minerals formed when rocks are altered by water have been found in multiple locations on Mars. It's been assumed that these minerals probably formed in the earliest Martian epoch, over 3.7 billion years ago. But a new study finds that later clay formation might have been more common than many scientists thought.

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A robot learns: Baxter’s video takes first place

The envelope please

For robots, picking up objects they've never encountered before is hard. Computer scientist Stefanie Tellex is working to teach them how to do it. A music video she made about the project won first prize in a competition and a new robot for her lab.

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NSF grant to fund STEM teaching program


The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $2.2-million grant to a team of education researchers led by Daniel Bisaccio, lecturer in education, for a summer program to test a model that gives STEM undergraduates an opportunity to teach science and math to high school students.

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Brown breaks ground for School of Engineering building


On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, Brown University broke ground on a new research building for its School of Engineering that will feature 20 laboratory modules designed to facilitate work by larger multidisciplinary research teams. The event was part of the celebration of the launch of the University’s comprehensive fundraising campaign.

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What smacks into Ceres stays on Ceres


Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt and closest dwarf planet to Earth, had been remarkable for its plain surface. New research suggests that most of the material that has struck Ceres in high-speed collisions has stuck — billions of years worth of meteorite material.

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