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A Brown University medical student wants to register every med student in the country to vote. And the group he founded is gaining momentum.

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The Rhode Island Foundation has seeded some of the state’s institutions of higher education with nearly half a million dollars in medical research funding. The money goes toward 20 research projects that range from studying heart failure in obese people to using mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques to help prevent pre-term births. 

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Memorial Hospital is cutting back services and closing its maternity service. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says Rhode Island’s health care system needs more consolidation.

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The closest planet to the sun in our solar system, Mercury moved across the giant star earlier Monday, making it visible with a telescope. The event happens about once every decade.

To those lucky enough to see it, Mercury appeared simply as a small black dot in front of the massive star. And though it’s moving fast, any change would be indiscernible to the human eye; the visible part of the transit only about seven hours.

The political season keeps zipping along, with the calendar turning toward May. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, you can share your tips and comments, and follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Time is almost up to see William Shakespeare’s First Folio on display at Brown University this month. As Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, the 17th Century book thought to have save some of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays leaves Providence after the weekend.

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This week, Brown University is examining environmental issues related air with a series of events that mix art and science.

Two polls, released just one day apart, provide slightly different views of Rhode Island's presidential primary. While Donald Trump led both polls among Republicans, one poll showed Democrat Bernie Sanders with a lead, and the other favored Hillary Clinton. 

On Monday, a poll released by Public Policy Polling found Sanders leading Clinton by four points thanks to a boost from Independent voters. But the survey called the Democratic races "toss ups" in both Rhode Island and Connecticut.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will be the commencement speaker at Roger Williams University Law School commencement exercises on May 13th at the school’s Bristol campus.

Perez, the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic, is no stranger to Rhode Island. He is a 1983 Brown University graduate, who later earned a graduate degree in political science from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a law degree from Harvard’s Law School.

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  A Brown University professor and a climate expert is adding his voice in opposition to a power plant proposed in Burrillville.

J. Timmons Roberts filed written testimony on behalf of the Conservation Law Foundation, one of several groups participating in hearings for the proposed power plant. Roberts said the plant will make it impossible for Rhode Island to meet emission reduction goals outlined in the state’s climate change law.

Cinema Ritrovato

Starting Tuesday, Brown University hosts a unique four-night film festival put on by the Italian Studies Department, in conjunction with the Cineteca, or film library, in Bolgna, Italy. 

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Rhode Island’s first-ever "Brain Week" launches Saturday. It’s a week of activities focused on brain science and other brain-related pursuits, like art and storytelling.

The week is sponsored by Providence-based non-profit Cure Alliance for Mental Illness. Co-founder Hakon Heimer said the brain remains a final frontier in understanding the human body.

“I sometimes say that the heart is very complicated, but it’s a bit like a toaster compared to a Lamborghini, when you’re talking about the brain,” said Heimer.

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The presidential primary campaign is in high gear, but Rhode Island gets scant attention from White House hopefuls. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some ideas about how we can change this.

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  While former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee’s presidential campaign didn’t pan out, his daughter’s Olympic campaign is a different story.

Earlier this month, Louisa Chafee earned her spot on the 2016 Olympic Sailing Team. Chafee began sailing as a child, and went onto become a three-time All-American at Brown University.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Emily Wooldridge caught up with Louisa about her personal journey, and preparations for the Games this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Brown University researchers have established a link between new cases of HIV and the use of online hook-up sites among men who have sex with men. The researchers are calling on sites like Grindr to help curb the spread of the disease.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Philip Chan and public health researcher Amy Nunn, Ph.D suspected a link between apps like Grindr and new cases of HIV, but until now they didn’t have the data to back that claim.

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