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Milky Way's Origins Are Not What They Seem

In a first-of-its-kind analysis, Northwestern University astrophysicists have discovered that up to half of the matter in our Milky Way galaxy may come from distant galaxies. As a result, each one of us may be made in part from extragalactic matter. Using supercomputer simulations, the researchers found an unexpected mode for how galaxies acquired matter: intergalactic transfer. Supernova explosions eject copious amounts of gas from galaxies, causing atoms to be transported from one galaxy to another via powerful galactic winds.

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Concussion Biomarker Could Remove Ambiguity From Diagnosis

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Ban on Transgender People in the Military Mirrors Historical Discriminatory Limits, Expert Says

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When Should the Police Use Confrontational Tactics?

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In a newly published article, Northwestern University economist Charles F. Manski and his co-author, Carnegie Mellon University criminologist Daniel S. Nagin, outline a “formal model of optimal policing” that can be used to resolve tensions between public safety and community trust -- and that also can help a public that is prone to privileging one over the other, depending on the circumstances, to keep both in mind.

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Study Explains Link Between Academic Performance and Violence

A lack of variation in the stress hormone cortisol from morning to evening is tied to a wide range of negative health conditions, including inflammation and immune system dysfunction, new Northwestern University research suggests. In the first comprehensive review of the relationship between daily cortisol fluctuations and health, researchers at the School of Education and Social Policy combined data from 80 different studies to show that while cortisol levels matter, a lack of variation from morning to evening may be even more telling.

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Scholars Gather to Discuss Counterculture, Summer of Love

Three prominent Northwestern scholars will be among several dozen historians and journalism, arts and gender studies experts from around the country to offer lectures and discussion on a wide range of topics in San Francisco this summer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

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Cash for Carbon: A Cost-Effective Way to Reduce Deforestation

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A new Northwestern University study suggests that paying people to conserve their trees could be a highly cost-effective way to reduce deforestation and carbon emissions and should be a key part of the global strategy to fight climate change.

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Scientists Discover Combined Sensory Map for Heat, Humidity in Fly Brain

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Northwestern University neuroscientists now can visualize how fruit flies sense and process humidity. The findings could one day help researchers better understand how the human brain simultaneously processes humidity and temperature and might influence how humans control for mosquitoes in cities and prevent mosquito-borne disease

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Twelve Endowed Professorships Created Through Ryan Family Chair Challenge

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Twelve endowed professorships have been established at Northwestern University to date through the Ryan Family Chair Challenge, which matches gifts made by other Northwestern supporters to create new professorships, or chairs, across a wide range of disciplines.

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