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Press releases from Rhode Island

Brown team finds crucial protein role in deadly prion spread

Brown University, Tue January 23, 2007 [PRESS RELEASE]
Providence, Rhode Island, USA - A single protein plays a major role in deadly prion diseases by smashing up clusters of these infectious proteins, creating the "seeds" that allow fatal brain illnesses to quickly spread, new Brown University research shows.

Oldest writing in the New World discovered in Veracruz, Mexico

Brown University , Thu September 14, 2006 [PRESS RELEASE]
Providence, RI - A stone block discovered in the Olmec heartland of Veracruz, Mexico, contains the oldest writing in the New World, says an international team of archaeologists, including Stephen D. Houston of Brown University. The team determined that the block dates to the early first millennium BCE -- at least 400 years earlier than scholars previously thought writing existed in the Western hemisphere. The findings are published in Science.

Brown engineers build a better battery—with plastic

Brown University, Thu September 14, 2006 [PRESS RELEASE]
Providence, RI - It's thin, light, flexible -- and plastic. Brown University engineers Hyun-Kon Song and Tayhas Palmore have created a prototype polymer-based battery that packs more power than a standard alkaline battery and more storage capacity than a double-layered capacitor. Their work, published in Advanced Materials, will be of interest to the energy, defense and aerospace industries, which are looking at more efficient ways to deliver electricity.

Coral Reef Resilience: Better Feeders Survive Bleaching

Brown University, Mon May 01, 2006 [PRESS RELEASE]
Providence, RI - Coral bleaching, a stress response that turns rainbow-hued reefs into bone-white graveyards, is damaging reefs worldwide. But some corals survive.

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