Brandeis University was established in 1948 in Waltham, Massachusetts as a private research university. The student body consists of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Brandeis University has been name in the top 35 of all national universities since its inception. Brandeis University is honored with six members of the National Academies, four Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators, three Pulitzer Prize recipients and two MacArthur Foundation fellow. Brandeis is noted for its work in nutrition science, social science research and international diversity of its students and faculty.
Geopolitics of oil production and its environmental and economic impact
After a winter that saw the price of oil drop to historic lows, what does the future hold for the American consumer and the worldwide market?
Video: Framework to characterize the collective behavior of a large number of macroscopic objects
Let's put winter behind us—it's time to think about sand.
The rub with friction: Researchers uncover new rules of friction at microscopic level
Here's the rub with friction—scientists don't really know how it works. Sure, humans have been harnessing the power of friction since rubbing two sticks together to build the first fire, but the physics of friction remains ...
Ku Klux Klan's lasting legacy on the US political system
The Ku Klux Klan's failure to defeat the black civil rights moment is well documented, but the group's lesser-known legacy may be its lasting impact on the U.S. political system, according to a paper published in the December ...
Imperfect system is all that protects you from genetic parasites out to destroy your genes
We like to think of evolution as a fine-tuning process, one that whittles away genetic redundancies. The only problem is, we are not fine-tuned machines. Our bodies are chock-full of parts that either don't ...
What happens when good genes get lost?
Scientifically speaking, there is no bad DNA, though we like to blame it for unruly hair, klutziness or poor gardening skills. There is, however, junk DNA.
Brandeis physicists unlock secrets of the 2-D world and edge closer to artificial cells
Physicist Zvonimir Dogic and his lab are on a roll. Last week, Dogic's research was featured in two of science's most respected journals, Science and Nature.
3-D imaging and modern electron microscopy to see cellular structures in high resolution
You've never seen cilia like these before. Brandeis University researchers have developed a new model to study these tiny but vital cellular structures with more clarity and detail than ever before, providing ...
Turing's theory of chemical morphogenesis validated 60 years after his death
Alan Turing's accomplishments in computer science are well known, but lesser known is his impact on biology and chemistry. In his only paper on biology, Turing proposed a theory of morphogenesis, or how identical ...
Three reasons to raise the federal minimum wage
Leading economists, including Lisa M. Lynch, dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, sent a joint letter this week to President Obama and congressional leaders in support of the Fair Minimum Wage Act. ...
Magic in the lab is no sleight of hand
Gil Henkin '14 is a physics major, but that doesn't prevent him from working magic. In the lab in 222 Abelson, the young scientist conjures mesmerizing images of microscopic systems in motion.
The beat goes on with a new model for artificial flagella
(Phys.org) —Eukaryotic flagella, whip-like organelles that elegantly propel microorganisms and pump fluid, seem to embody simplicity on the microscopic scale. But appearances can be deceptive: Flagella ...
The spliceosome: Scientists are unraveling the secrets of the mechanism that snips our genes
Certain diseases such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy are linked to genetic mutations that damage the important biological process of rearranging gene sequences in pre-messenger RNA, a procedure ...
Wild and weird world of fluoride channels: Researchers discover how microbes survive the ubiquitous toxic ion
It's not just in toothpaste and mouthwash—fluoride is found in just about everything from rocks and water to the soil and the sea. It is the 13th most abundant element in the Earth's crust, and it's extremely ...
The temperature tastes just right: Scientists discover new insect temperature sensor
Call it the Goldilocks Principle—animals can survive and reproduce only if the temperature is just right. Too hot and they will overheat. Too cold and they will freeze.