University Research

12.14.18University Research

Microscopic "Sunflowers" for Better Solar PanelsExternal link

A group of scientists from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has harnessed magnetic fields to control the molecular structure of LCEs and create microscopic three-dimensional polymer shapes that can be programmed to move in any direction in response to multiple types of stimuli. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.14.18University Research

Reducing Vulnerability Of Cities To Extreme WeatherExternal link

Researchers from Northwestern University, the University of Illinois, and Argonne National Laboratory are working together to mitigate the effects of extreme weather events on cities across the globe. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.14.18University Research

WVU Physicists Awarded $1.34 Million to Develop Machine-learning SoftwareExternal link

The researchers, James Lewis and Aldo Romero from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will lead a team from WVU, University of Southern California and Kitware, Inc. to develop new machine-learning tools for advancing chemical and materials science discoveries on the nation’s future high-speed computing platforms. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.13.18University Research

What Happens When Materials Take Tiny HitsExternal link

A team of researchers at MIT has just accomplished the first detailed high-speed imaging and analysis of the microparticle impact process, and used that data to predict when the particles will bounce away, stick, or knock material off the surface and weaken it. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.13.18University Research

Stanford Study Shows Regions Increasingly Suffer Hot, Dry Conditions at the Same TimeExternal link

A new study from Stanford University suggests that the kind of hot, dry conditions that can shrink crop yields, destabilize food prices and lay the groundwork for devastating wildfires are increasingly striking multiple regions simultaneously as a result of a warming climate. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.13.18University Research

Table-Top Experiment Flips Current Understanding of Solutal ConvectionExternal link

When Yu “Alex” Liang started graduate school at The University of Texas at Austin, he was tasked with running a straight-forward experiment to collect data on a well-understood phenomenon in fluid mechanics: how density differences influence fluid flow in a porous medium. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.12.18University Research

A New Way to Provide Cooling Without PowerExternal link

MIT researchers have devised a new way of providing cooling on a hot sunny day, using inexpensive materials and requiring no fossil fuel-generated power. The passive system, which could be used to supplement other cooling systems to preserve food and medications in hot, off-grid locations, is essentially a high-tech version of a parasol. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.12.18University Research

Discovery Opens the Possibility of Using Sunlight to Turn a Greenhouse Gas into FuelExternal link

A team of scientists has discovered a single-site, visible-light-activated catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) into “building block” molecules that could be used for creating useful chemicals. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.12.18University Research

Switching Identities: Revolutionary Insulator-like Material Also Conducts ElectricityExternal link

University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers have made a material that can transition from an electricity-transmitting metal to a nonconducting insulating material without changing its atomic structure. Read MoreExternal linkage

12.11.18University Research

Physicists Brainstorm World’s 21st-Century Energy ChallengesExternal link

A team of international scientists led by UC San Diego is working to devise computing hardware capable of functioning as effectively as the human brain.
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