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Copper Nanowires Could Become Basis for New Solar Cells


By looking at a piece of material in cross section, Washington University in St. Louis engineer Parag Banerjee, PhD, and his team discovered how copper sprouts grass-like nanowires that could one day be made into solar cells.
4/23/2014 1:00 PM EDT

New Study Examines Disparities in Medicaid Spending on Children in the Welfare System


In the new health-care climate of the Affordable Care Act and efforts to expand Medicare to accommodate more individuals and children, the need to closely examine ways to best use government funding is becoming increasingly evident. A new study from...
4/22/2014 12:00 PM EDT

Science of Learning Book Offers Tips to 'Make It Stick'


“Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning” offers students of all ages a clear and compelling primer on the best and worst ways to store and retrieve new knowledge. The book is co-authored by leading experts on human learning and memory...
4/22/2014 12:00 PM EDT

Genetic Study Tackles Mystery of Slow Plant Domestications


Did domesticating a plant typically take a few hundred or many thousands of years? Genetic studies often indicate that domestication traits have a fairly simple genetic basis, which should facilitate their rapid evolution under selection. On the...
4/14/2014 11:00 AM EDT

The Story of Animal Domestication Retold


A review of recent research on the domestication of large herbivores for “The Modern View of Domestication,” a special feature of PNAS, suggests that neither intentional breeding nor genetic isolation were as significant as traditionally...
4/14/2014 11:00 AM EDT

WUSTL's Moon Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award


Scientists often use things in nature as a model to make new things, such as using birds as models for airplanes. One engineer at Washington University in St. Louis is using a basic cell as a model to make genetically engineered bacteria that would...
4/17/2014 2:00 PM EDT

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony La Russa to deliver WUSTL’s Commencement address


Tony La Russa, who recently was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and is considered one of the best managers in baseball history, has been selected to give the 2014 Commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis. The university’s...
4/11/2014 5:00 PM EDT

Groundbreaking Optical Device Could Enhance Optical Information Processing, Computers


At St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, a section of the dome called the Whispering Gallery makes a whisper audible from the other side of the dome as a result of the way sound waves travel around the curved surface. Researchers at Washington...
4/8/2014 10:00 AM EDT

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More Questions Than Answers as Mystery of Domestication Deepens


A recent interdisciplinary conference that led to the publication of a special issue of PNAS on domestication raised more questions than it answered. Washington University in St. Louis scientists Fiona Marshall and Ken Olsen, who participated in the...
4/18/2014 5:00 PM EDT

SCOTUS Decision Dooms Campaign Finance Regulation as We Know It​​


The U.S. Supreme Court, in the McCutcheon v. FEC decision, removed the cap on the number and amount of donations a person can give during political campaigns. Gregory Magarian, JD, election law expert and professor of law at Washington University in...
4/3/2014 8:00 AM EDT

In Search of the American Dream


Is the American Dream slipping away? Maybe, says Mark R. Rank, PhD, one of the country’s foremost experts on inequality and social justice. “More than at any time in our past,” Rank says, “there are serious questions regarding the American...
4/1/2014 11:00 AM EDT

Contraception Mandate Challenge Tues.: Health Law Expert, #SCOTUS Brief Author Available


3/24/2014 10:00 AM EDT

Daylight Savings Offers No Savings, Poses Health Risks, Expert Says


3/7/2014 11:00 AM EST

SCOTUS Preview: First Amendment Expert on Legislative Prayer and the “Mistakes of the Past, Present and Future”​​


The Supreme Court is expected to rule this spring on whether prayers before town hall meetings violate the First Amendment clause that prohibits the establishment of religion. John Inazu, a First Amendment expert and professor of law at Washington...
2/3/2014 8:00 AM EST

Privacy Law Expert Says Obama’s Surveillance Reforms a Good but Incomplete Start

3.5 out of 12 – That is the score the Electronic Frontier Foundation gave President Obama’s highly anticipated address on NSA spying last week. And while lauding Obama for recognizing the dangers of government surveillance and the importance of...
1/27/2014 3:00 PM EST

Recent Immigration Agency Chief Counsel Criticizes House Leadership for Stalling Immigration Reform


“The House leadership’s procedural excuses for blocking a vote on critical immigration reform make little sense,” says Stephen Legomsky, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis and the recent Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship...
1/23/2014 4:00 PM EST

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