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12 Emerging Technologies that May Help Power the Future

Going beyond alternative energy sources like wind and solar, Georgia Tech researchers are finding new eco-friendly ways to harvest abundant energy that’s all around us.

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  • Exhibit A:
    Photo of two multistory signal towers at the GTRI far-field antenna test range

    Test Range

    The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) operates a far-field antenna test range at its facility in Cobb County, Georgia. The range consists of two multistory signal towers — source and receive — located 1,300 feet apart. The facility features a heavy-duty, three-axis positioner capable of handling antennas up to 30 feet in diameter and weighing up to 30,000 pounds. The range’s massive towers ensure extreme mechanical precision and stability. Photos by Rob Felt.

  • Exhibit A:
    Photo of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) mock-up control room on campus

    Gravitational Waves

    Georgia Tech is a partner in the scientific collaboration for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and operates a mock-up LIGO control room on campus. In February, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration announced that it had confirmed the detection of gravitational waves at both LIGO detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington. The LIGO observatories are funded by the National Science Foundation, and were conceived, built, and are operated by Caltech and MIT. Photo by Rob Felt

  • Exhibit A:
    Photo of an indoor compact range used for radar cross section measurements and antenna testing.

    Very Quiet Room

    The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) operates an indoor compact range used for radar cross section measurements and antenna testing. The facility is shielded against electromagnetic interference and used for both internal research and collaborations with industry. The range is 18 feet high, 24 feet wide, and 60 feet long. It can test at frequencies ranging from two gigahertz to 100 gigahertz, and that range can be extended down to 200 megahertz to accommodate UHF antenna testing. Shown under test is a Skywalker X8 airframe that is being used as a test bed for swarming UAV research. The aircraft is undergoing antenna pattern characterization as part of an investigation into inter-aircraft communications. Photo by Rob Felt.

Front Office

Long in the Teeth

By studying embryonic fish, researchers hope to one day be able to turn on the tooth regeneration mechanism in humans.

Right Again, Einstein

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. Georgia Tech scientists collaborated on the discovery.

Capillary Control with Polymer Hydrogel

Coating the inside of glass microtubes with a polymer hydrogel dramatically alters the way capillary forces draw water into the tiny structures.

Coming Soon: Climate Change Impacts

 In the Marshall Islands, global climate change isn’t a theoretical concern. Sea levels are already rising, and the nation’s leaders have made plans to move the entire population to higher ground.

Military Training Anywhere

GTRI provides U.S. aircrews with inflight electonic warfare training by simulating realistic threats.

Human Factors

Melanie Quiver, a Ph.D. student in Georgia Tech’s School of Biology, does research on the genetic risk of alcoholism in modern populations.

An 'Invasiveness Index' for Breast Cancer

 Biomedical engineers have demonstrated a proof-of-principle technique that could give women and their oncologists more personalized information to help them choose options for treating breast cancer.

Location, Location, Location

Researchers have developed the first sensor able to map the location of the key cellular signaling chemical inside living cells with high resolution over time

Analytical Chemistry Offers Early Warning

Studying blood serum compounds has led scientists to a set of biomarkers that may enable development of a highly accurate screening test for early-stage ovarian cancer.

Microelectronics Grows into Nanotechnology

Microelectronics research of the 1980s was the basis for the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology, where some 200 Georgia Tech researchers conduct more than $150 million in sponsored research.

Dead in the Water

El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean have seriously damaged coral reefs, according to Georgia Tech researchers.

Tweeting Etiquette

Despite all the shortened words and slang seen on Twitter, it turns out that people follow many of the same com-munication etiquette rules on social media as they do in speech.

Modeling Bacteria

As more existing antibiotics lose their ability to battle bacteria, there’s pressure to develop new drugs that can attack the bugs in different ways.

Energy Harvesters Get Standards

A Georgia Tech research group that pioneered triboelectric nanogenerator technology has  proposed a set of standards for quantifying device performance.

Cellular New Year’s Eve Party

Using large-scale computer modeling, researchers have shown the effects of confinement on macromolecules inside cells — and taken the firt steps toward simulating a living cell.

Negative Science

The number of times academic articles are cited by subsequent publications is among the measures used to assess scholarly standing. But not all citations are positive ones.

Photo of the construction of Tristain Al-Haddad's sculpture, Stealth
Expertise

Shape-shifting Sculpture

Tristan Al-Haddad’s “Stealth” pushes concrete beyond its conventional uses.

Building 3-D Nanobridges

Researchers have demonstrated a new process for rapidly fabricating complex three-dimensional nanostructures from a variety of materials, including metals.

Sol-Gel Offers Record Capacitor Energy Storage

Researchers have developed a new material that provides an electrical energy storage capacity rivaling certain batteries.

Trust a Robot in a Fire?

 In emergencies, people may trust robots too much for their own safety.

Helping Robots Fall Gracefully

A new algorithm tells a robot how to react to a wide variety of falls — from taking a single step to recover from a gentle nudge, to going into a rolling motion to break a high-speed fall.

A Light Touch

New research shows how the design of appendages — legs or wheels — affects the ability of robots as well as animals to traverse weak and flowing surfaces.

Making Solar Energy More Cost Effective

The way solar panels are attached to structures could make solar energy a more cost-effective option.

The Sound of Nanoscale Materials

Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of materials.

Powering, Cooling and Moving

Autonomy and energy research help meet future needs.

Word Gets Around

How one idea spread across the country — before the digital age — is easy to see with a new map developed by data scientists.

Contributors

John Toon

John Toon

Director of Research News
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T.J. Becker

T.J. Becker

Freelance Writer
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Erica Endicott

Graphic Designer Sr.
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Rob Felt

Rob Felt

Photographer
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Melanie Goux

Digital Designer
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Jason Maderer

National Media Relations
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Péralte C. Paul

Communications & Marketing Manager
Phone: 404.894.8727
Margaret Tate

Margaret Tate

Writer/Editor

Media Contacts

John Toon

John Toon

Director of Research News
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Jason Maderer

National Media Relations
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Ben Brumfield

Senior Science Writer
Phone: 404.385.1933
Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Senior Science Writer
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