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Research Spotlight



ISIS in America

ISIS in America: GW Examines Americans Recruited by Islamic State in First Comprehensive Report

December 01, 2015

The most comprehensive report to date was released at a public event on Dec. 1.

Aida Gómez-Robles studied human and chimpanzee brains to compare brain size and organization. Photo credit: William Atkins/Georg

Nature and Nurture: Human Brains Evolved to be More Responsive to Environmental, Social and Cultural Influences

November 16, 2015

The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Nov. 16.

Pliobates cataloniae roamed the Earth 11.6 million years ago

Extinct Ape Species Resets the Scale on Humans’ Ancestors

October 29, 2015

The research, published in Science, provides details on the beginning of ape and human history.

Fun fact: Some tarantulas can live up to 25 years in captivity

Hunters, Architects and Super Sleuths: 13 Surprising Facts About Spiders

October 29, 2015

Spiders are easily associated with creepy crawlers and witches’ brew, especially at Halloween. But with more than 45,000 known species and a scientific term for the fear they induce (arachnophobia), there is a lot more to the invertebrates.

A GW researcher will use ancient DNA to understand the mystery of Machu Picchu

Using Ancient DNA, Researchers Unravel the Mystery of Machu Picchu

September 30, 2015

A collaborative project examines the 400-year-old skeletons of those who worked at the iconic Inca citadel.

The most comprehensive draft was published in PNAS the week of Sept. 14.

Researchers Publish First Draft of Tree of Life That Will Map All Known Species

September 21, 2015

The most comprehensive draft was published in PNAS the week of Sept. 14.

Researchers have identified a potential link between microbes in the throat and schizophrenia.

Researchers Identify Signature of Microbiomes Associated With Schizophrenia

August 25, 2015

The study could help diagnose and treat schizophrenia in the future.

A student of Dr. Leftwich observes a sea lion at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

Swimming Without a Trace—Building a Machine to Mimic What Sea Lions Naturally Do

August 10, 2015

Megan Leftwich, GW professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is studying sea lions to build a robotic foreflipper that can move through the water without leaving a wake.

New Analysis Suggests Body Size Increase Did Not Play A Role in the Origins of Homo Genus

August 03, 2015

New research sharpens model used by anthropologists for the last 25 years.

Dr. Vertes holds a silicon wafer containing multiple the REDIchip devices, a new device that can detect ultratrace amounts of ch

Detecting the Undetectable: New Chip Identifies Chemicals in Ultratrace Amounts

June 17, 2015

The REDIchip will be available for commercial purchase beginning July 1.

Research Spotlight

Stacked Solar Cell

Scientists Design Solar Cell that Captures Nearly All Energy of Solar Spectrum

July 11, 2017

Scientists have designed and constructed a prototype for a new solar cell that integrates multiple cells stacked into a single device capable of capturing nearly all of the energy in the solar spectrum.

Using light, “spark” cells (green) and automation, Entcheva’s lab speeds up the process of drug screening in heart cells (red) t

GW Researchers Use Light to Control Human Heart Cells and Expedite Development of New Drugs

May 10, 2016

The research is outlined in a paper which published in Nature Communications on Tuesday.

Researchers have described a new species of plant-eating dinosaur, Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis, that stood on its hind feet an

Triceratops Gets A Cousin: Researchers Identify Another Horned Dinosaur Species

December 09, 2015

The findings were published in PLOS ONE on Dec. 9.