Scientist at Work: Peter Finn

Peter Finn Coming of age in the 1960s, Peter Finn developed a natural curiosity about drugs, wondering why so many people would use dangerous or illegal substances despite the known consequences. He has done more than wonder. As a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at IU Bloomington's College of Arts and Sciences, Finn investigates processes related to self-regulation and self-control and why some people are so much better at it than others.  Full Story

New IU record of 10 faculty receive Fellow distinction from AAAS, world's largest scientific society

IU Limestone Crest

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has awarded the distinction of Fellow to a record 10 Indiana University faculty members this year. Founded in 1848, AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

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With mounting evidence from supercollider, IU physicists find themselves in thick of new results

ATLAS experiment

Indiana University physicists who've spent years working with scientists around the world looking for the Higgs boson, that theorized particle thought to give mass to other particles, have learned the experiment they are tied most closely to -- the ATLAS detector -- and a second independent experiment both have seen similar results providing the best proof yet that this particle does exist.

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Study finds climate changes faster than species can adapt


The ranges of species will have to change dramatically as a result of climate change between now and 2100 because the climate will change more than 100 times faster than the rate at which species can adapt, according to a newly published study by Indiana University researchers. The study focuses on North American rattlesnakes.

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Timing is everything: Bacterial attachment mimics the just-in-time industrial delivery model


In the human world of manufacturing, many companies are now applying an on-demand, just-in-time strategy to conserve resources, reduce costs and promote production of goods precisely when and where they are most needed. A recent study from Indiana University Bloomington scientists reveals that bacteria have evolved a similar just-in-time strategy to constrain production of an extremely sticky cement to exactly the appropriate time and place, avoiding wasteful and problematic production of the material.

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Shape, fit of male, female reproductive organs evolve quickly and in concert, leaving size by the wayside

Copulatory Organs

Believed critical for determining which individuals can -- or cannot -- successfully reproduce with each other, genitalia not only figure prominently in the origin of new species, but are also typically the first type of trait to change as new species form. New international research led by Indiana University shows that as populations and species diversify, the exact shape and fit of genitalia steals the show over size.

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IU study finds increasing atmospheric concentrations of new flame retardants

Environmental Science and Technology Map

Compounds used in new flame-retardant products are showing up in the environment at increasing concentrations, according to a recent study by researchers at Indiana University Bloomington. The study, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, reports on concentrations of two compounds measured in atmospheric samples collected in the Great Lakes region between 2008 and 2010.

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Previous issue

Samir Salim

The November 2011 issue of Discoveries featured IU Bloomington astronomer Samir Salim and his research to create a new NASA-funded database of about 11 million galaxies. Also in the edition, it was announced that public research funds received by IU School of Medicine and partner hospitals boosted the Hoosier economy by about $370 million in 2009; news that the National Institutes of Health had renewed funding to the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center at IU School of Medicine for the fifth consecutive five-year term, awarding the center its largest grant yet of $9.1 million; and new research was profiled that showed how scientists at IU's Biocomplexity Institute have developed a computational model for the intricate cellular dance that occurs during the earliest stages of animal development.

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