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Research Center Established to Explore the Least Understood and Strongest Force Behind Visible Matter

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Science can explain only a small portion of the matter that makes up the universe, from the earth we walk on to the stars we see at night. Stony Brook University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have established the Center for Frontiers of Nuclear Science to help scientists better understand the building blocks of visible matter. The new Center will push the frontiers of knowledge about quarks, gluons and their interactions that form protons, neutrons, and ultimately 99.9 percent of the mass of atoms – the bulk of the visible universe.

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Stony Brook Receives $1 Million for Brain Aging Research from Keck Foundation


 Stony Brook University has received a three-year $1 million grant from the  W.M.  Keck  Foundation   to fund research that uses brain imaging data to understand how the nutrition of brain neurons affects cognition in aging humans. The research could provide a critical first step toward personalized medicine in neurology for aging patients.The project, titled “Protecting the Aging Brain: Self-Organizing Networks and Multi-Scale Dynamics Under Energy Constraints,” is led by Lilianne R. Mujica-Parodi, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. The work involves interdisciplinary research and collaboration between Stony Brook University and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.


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A straight on view of the newly found ancient baby ape skull in Kenya reveals it is the size of a lemon with a notably small snout. The skull, estimated to be about 13 million years old, was discovered by researchers from the Stony Brook University-affiliated Turkana Basin Institute. The discovery points to additional primates living in Africa at that time and adds to the scientific evolutionary knowledge of apes. They reported their findings in the journal Nature. Photo Credit: Fred Spoor

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