Poet Stewart explores nature, love and memory

Susan Stewart, Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and professor of English, is the author of five collections of poetry. She has also translated and co-translated works by French and Italian poets. Her newest book, “Cinder” (Graywolf Press, 2017) is her first retrospective of new and selected poems.

Neurons during learning reveal surprising level of activity

It’s the part of the brain that makes sure you cannot tickle yourself. The cerebellum, an apple-sized region near the base of the skull, senses that your own fingers are the ones trying to tickle, and cancels your usual response. Now an international team of researchers has learned something surprising about this region, which despite its small size contains roughly half of all the neurons in the brain.

Innovations in building intelligent cities

It has taken us thousands of years to build today’s urban centers, and yet, they’re expected to double in land-area in just the next few decades. “Half the urban infrastructure we will be using in 2050 has not yet been built,” said Elie Bou-Zeid, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton.

Winning ‘hearts and minds’ in Afghanistan carries risks for civilians

The international community has poured billions of dollars into aid, services and protection for civilians in Afghanistan, hoping that winning their support would help the fight against insurgents. But new research shows that strategy has an unintended consequence: villages where residents support the international forces are more likely to face attacks from the Taliban-led insurgency.