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Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences in the news
August 23, 2017
  • Hot dog and fries

Last month, a 20-year-long study published in Health Psychology found that when people think they're less active than similar-aged peers—even if they're equally or more active—they're more likely to die earlier. This is just the latest in a long line of research that's been mystifying psychologists as much as physicians for decades: How people feel about their health changes it.

August 22, 2017

Thirty-one years ago, scientists made their first attempt to find dark matter with a particle detector in a South Dakota mine.

August 21, 2017
  • Ostracod bioluminescence

Sir David Attenborough narrates an award-winning BBC documentary about bioluminescent organisms at a free screening Aug. 29

August 18, 2017
  • Mussels intertidal

Fewer trips to the dentist may be in your future, and you have mussels to thank.

Inspired by the mechanisms mussels use to adhere to inhospitable surfaces, UC Santa Barbara researchers have developed a new type of dental composite that provides an extra layer of durability to treated teeth. The potential payoff? Longer lasting fillings, crowns, implants and other work.


Divisional announcements and opportunities

The Peter J. Frenkel Fellowships recognize outstanding graduate research in energy efficiency by students who have reached advanced doctoral candidacy.

Inspired by Andy Warhol’s Factory? Not unimaginable. In any case, the John Templeton Foundation, with $5.6M or so from its deep pockets, has given birth to the Imagination Institute—-a Philadelphia think tank that for the last two years has been tapping an array of talent for insight into the creative process, hoping ultimately to come up with an “imagination quotient.” Three dozen scientific investigators at 16 institutions have been awarded Templeton research money related to the project. But can imagination really be quantified?

Researchers use gene editing to control disease-causing mosquitoes, thanks to a multimillion-dollar DARPA contract

Chemist receives the 2017 Otis Williams Postdoctoral Fellowship for an innovation that uses bubbles to pump insulin