An explanation for the mysterious onset of a universal process (Physics of Plasmas)

By John Greenwald, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory Communications Scientists have proposed a groundbreaking solution to a mystery that has puzzled physicists for decades. At issue is how magnetic reconnection, a universal process that sets off solar flares, northern lights and cosmic gamma-ray bursts, occurs so much faster than theory says should be possible. The answer, … Continue reading An explanation for the mysterious onset of a universal process (Physics of Plasmas)

Outlook for subtropical rainfall under climate change not so gloomy (Nature Climate Change)

By Diana Udel, University of Miami Terrestrial rainfall in the subtropics — including the southeastern United States — may not decline in response to increased greenhouse gases as much as it could over oceans, according to a study from Princeton University and the University of Miami (UM). The study challenges previous projections of how dry … Continue reading Outlook for subtropical rainfall under climate change not so gloomy (Nature Climate Change)

Researchers’ Sudoku strategy democratizes powerful tool for genetics research (Nature Communications)

By Tien Nguyen, Department of Chemistry Researchers at Princeton and Harvard Universities have developed a way to produce the tools for figuring out gene function faster and cheaper than current methods, according to new research in the journal Nature Communications. The function of sizable chunks of many organisms’ genomes is a mystery, and figuring out … Continue reading Researchers’ Sudoku strategy democratizes powerful tool for genetics research (Nature Communications)