Research News en-us Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:42:12 EDT Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:42:12 EDT 5 Ecosystems Under Ice: Antarctic Finding Has Implications for Life in Extreme Environments Scientists have confirmed that the waters and sediments of a lake that lies 2600 feet beneath the Antarctic ice sheet support “viable microbial ecosystems,” a finding that has implications for life in other extreme environments both on Earth and planets elsewhere in the solar system. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT Courant’s Khot Wins Rolf Nevanlinna Prize Subhash Khot, a professor in NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been awarded the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize for 2014 for his formulation and analysis of the Unique Games Conjecture. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:00:00 EDT Our Brains Judge a Face’s Trustworthiness—Even When We Can’t See It Our brains are able to judge the trustworthiness of a face even when we cannot consciously see it, a team of scientists has found. Their findings shed new light on how we form snap judgments of others. Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:30:00 EDT Chemists Develop MRI Technique for Peeking inside Battery-like Devices A team of chemists from NYU and the University of Cambridge has developed a method for examining the inner workings of battery-like devices called supercapacitors, which can be charged up extremely quickly and can deliver high electrical power. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 05:00:00 EDT Researchers Identify Brain Mechanism for Motion Detection in Fruit Flies A team of scientists has identified the neurons used in certain types of motion detection—findings that deepen our understanding of how the visual system functions. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:30:00 EDT Farmers Market Vouchers May Boost Produce Consumption in Low-income Families Vouchers to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets increase the amount of produce in the diets of some families on food assistance, according to research led by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:00 EDT Researchers Develop Method for Optimizing Sharing NYU Politics Professor Steven Brams and his colleague Julius Barbanel, a mathematician at Union College, have developed a new method for sharing items desired by two parties—ranging from cake to land—in such a way that neither feels shortchanged. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:15:00 EDT The Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Led by Physicist Blanton, Expands Its Reach The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) has launched a major program of three new surveys, adding novel capabilities to expand its census of the Universe into regions it had been unable to explore before. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:00:00 EDT Early Humans’ Adaptability to Changing Environment Offers New Insights into Evolution A new analysis concludes that the ability of early humans to adjust to changing conditions ultimately enabled the earliest species of Homo to vary, survive, and begin spreading from Africa to Eurasia, marking a reconsideration of the evolutionary factors that drove these changes. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:00:00 EDT U.S. Dept. of Education Awards NYU $4 Million Grant to Train Next Generation of Education Researchers NYU's Institute of Human Development and Social Change has received a $4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to train students to conduct research in a range of areas in the field. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:00:00 EDT NYU Bests All of North America in Global Computer Programming Contest A team of NYU computer science students topped all other North American schools at the World Finals of the ACM Intercollegiate Programming Contest, held this week in Russia. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:00:00 EDT To Avoid Interbreeding, Monkeys Have Undergone Evolution in Facial Appearance Old World monkeys have undergone a remarkable evolution in facial appearance as a way of avoiding interbreeding with closely related and geographically proximate species, researchers from NYU and the University of Exeter have found. Their research provides the best evidence to date for the role of visual cues as a barrier to breeding across species. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:00:00 EDT Three NYU Faculty Receive Awards from Pew Charitable Trusts Three NYU faculty have been selected to receive awards from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Philadelphia-based non-profit announced today. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:15:00 EDT “Tom Sawyer” Regulatory Protein Initiates Gene Transcription in a Hit-and-Run Mechanism A team of genome scientists has identified a “hit-and-run” mechanism that allows regulatory proteins in the nucleus to adopt a “Tom Sawyer” behavior when it comes to the work of initiating gene activation. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:00:00 EDT Humans & Monkeys of One Mind When It Comes to Changing It, NYU & Stanford Researchers Find Covert changes of mind can be discovered by tracking neural activity when subjects make decisions, researchers from New York University and Stanford University have found. Their results offer new insights into how we make decisions and point to innovative ways to study this process in the future. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:00:00 EDT