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COLLOQUIUM: "The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge”: The History of the Institute for Advanced Study

A private, independent academic institution in Princeton, New Jersey, the Institute for Advanced Study is one of the world's leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. Founded in 1930, it exists to encourage and support curiosity-driven research in the sciences and humanities. Diverse scholars including Albert Einstein, Erwin Panofsky, John von Neumann, J.

COLLOQUIUM: Human Impacts on the Earth’s Geologic Carbon Cycle

When fossil fuel CO2 is released to the atmosphere, it essentially accumulates in the relatively rapidly cycling atmosphere / ocean / land biosphere carbon cycle.  The atmospheric concentration of CO2 spikes through a time period of CO2 emissions, then is expected to slowly decline over the centuries as CO2 invades the ocean. The “lifetime” of fossil fuel CO2 in the atmosphere is a complicated question because there are multiple processes operating, but in general the CO2 concentration will be higher than natural for hundreds of thousands of years.

Princeton and PPPL launch center to study volatile space weather and violent solar storms

Researchers at Princeton University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have launched a new center to study the volatile heliosphere — a complex and frequently violent region of space that encompasses the solar system. This region is carved out by the solar wind — charged plasma particles that constantly stream from the sun — and gives rise to space weather that can disrupt cell phone service, damage satellites and knock out power grids.

Containing A Star On Earth: Understanding Turbulence At 100 Million Degrees

One of the principal challenges remaining for realizing magnetic fusion energy is to understand and mitigate the chaotic flows of ionized gas, or plasma, that lead to unacceptable energy loss from the hot core of the device. These microscopic, randomly varying, or turbulent, fluctuations of plasma velocity and temperature arise owing to the strong differential in temperature from the hot core (>100,000,000 degrees) to the surrounding wall...

COLLOQUIUM: The Power of Neuroplasticity: Enhancing Human Potential

Language-based learning disabilities affect approximately 20% of the population and increase the risk of academic failure. Understanding the role of dynamic auditory processing in the development and disorders of speech, language and reading, coupled with physiological animal research on neuroplasticity, has led to the development of novel neuroplasticity-based cognitive and language training programs disguised as computer games. 

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