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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Press Release: Flexing the Brain: Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Scientists Discover Why Learning Tasks Can Be Difficult

Nature CoverPublished as the cover story in the Aug. 28 issue of Nature, the researchers found for the first time that there are limitations on how adaptable the brain is during learning and that these restrictions are a key determinant for whether a new skill will be easy or difficult to learn. The research could lead to improved treatments for stroke or other brain injuries. MORE
Monday, August 25, 2014

Press Release: Neuroscience and Big Data: Carnegie Mellon's Byron M. Yu Describes How To Find Simplicity in the Brain

Byron YuIn a new review paper published in Nature Neuroscience, Carnegie Mellon University's Byron M. Yu (left) and Columbia University's John P. Cunningham describe the scientific motivations for studying the activity of many neurons together, along with a class of machine learning algorithms — dimensionality reduction — for interpreting the activity. They contend that using dimensionality reduction as a standard analytical method will ultimately lead to improved treatments and interventions for brain injuries and disorders. MORE
Friday, August 22, 2014

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon’s Adam Feinberg Earns Grant To Study Electrical Interaction Between Heart Muscle Cells

Adam FeinbergThe three-year, $750,000 award from the Human Frontier Science Program will support his research on cellular synchronization in the heart, the failure of which can lead to irregular heartbeat, or worse, sudden cardiac arrest. MORE
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon's Kathryn Whitehead Named a Pioneer on MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 List

Katie WhiteheadWhitehead, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, is helping to shape the frontiers of drug delivery: getting therapeutic drugs — such as those that help fight cancer and other diseases — to the right cells in the body.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

News Brief: Mapping America's Energy Future

book coverCarnegie Mellon University's Jay Apt and Paulina Jaramillo led a team of 22 researchers in a review and analysis of the technical and policy options available for integrating variable energy resources, such as wind and solar power, into the existing power system. Their new book, "Variable Renewable Energy and the Electricity Grid," addresses how the U.S. could increase the amount of electricity it produces from renewable energy sources. MORE
Monday, August 4, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Sheds Light on "Brown" Carbon's Role in Warming the Planet

Brown CarbonA team of researchers has uncovered key attributes of so-called "brown carbon," atmospheric particles that play an important role in warming the atmosphere but are poorly understood. The team, led by Carnegie Mellon University with scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Montana, said these findings, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, could help improve global climate predictions. MORE