This study identifies nitrogen abundances as a potential tool to detect remnants of life on Mars… It is possible to make organic carbon even in the absence of life.

Eva Stüeken, astrobiologist, on new developments in studying nitrogen fixation as a biosignature of life on other planets, new research of which can be found in the paper, 'Nitrogen in Ancient Mud: A Biosignature?'


It takes the insects about 1/20th of a second to fly past the LED beam. And at the end of the 1/20th of a second, we already know what it is…We're basically taking insects and making them digital objects.

Eamonn Keogh, professor of computer science and engineering, on using LED beams to identify insect acoustics, a trap used to pinpoint location, species, and weather conditions—a part of Project Premonition, a new system of disease reporting focused on identifying pathogens in real-time


Imagine I had these two colors, and I had a little monster that said, ‘I’m going to absorb blue sometimes and purple sometimes. I just switch back and forth between high power and low power.’ When you have two colors you never have to turn it off.

Nathaniel Gabor, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, on his research of using specific wavelengths of light for power cells, which could greatly upgrade the efficiency of solar panels in the future


This opens up a new way to understand how humans respond to viral infections and develop new methods to control viral infections.

Shou-Wei Ding, professor of plant pathology and microbiology, on the mechanisms in human cells that enables immunity to the influenza virus, research outlined and published in the journal Nature Microbiolog’


It is unpredictable, I find, when the misery in the world will turn from an object of study and compassion into a sense of defeat and futility.

Tom Lutz, professor of creative writing, as quoted from his book, 'Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World,' examining the history of colonial violence in his travels in Zanzibar


The wealth of materials in the papers will prove a fantastic resource for researchers interested in public policy, local history, the legislative process, and a number of economic, environmental, and social issues.

Jessica Geiser, collections management librarian, of the opening of the George Brown Papers Collection


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