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Georgia Tech Research Horizons - Issue 03 2014
Machine Maestros

Georgia Tech robotics researchers believe people and robots can accomplish much more by working together – as long as the robots have common sense to know, for instance, how much force humans apply when shaving.

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  • Exhibit A:
    Vessel Laurence M. Gould

    Crossing the Drake Passage

    Georgia Tech researchers made a four-day voyage from Chile, across the Drake Passage, to Anvers Island and Palmer Station, Antarctica. Led by Jeannette Yen, a professor in the School of Biology, the team traveled aboard the research vessel Laurence M. Gould, which the team used to explore the waters around Antarctica during their time on the continent. The research vessel carried the scientists past icebergs, leopard seals, and thousands of penguins during the journey to and from Antarctica.

     Full Story: In Antarctica, a Quest to the Bottom of the Food Chain

  • Exhibit A:
    Gentoo Penguin Parade

    Gentoo Penguin Parade

    Georgia Tech researchers traveling aboard the research vessel Laurence M. Gould witnessed this stunning sight. Thousands of Gentoo penguins frolicked in the frigid waters of Le Maire Channel, near Palmer Station, Antarctica. There was even more action under the water, which the scientists captured by dunking a waterproof camera overboard.

  • Exhibit A:
    Palmer Station, Antarctica

    A Lab Like Nowhere Else

    Explorers and scientists from the United States have been traveling to Antarctica since 1830. This past spring, scientists from Georgia Tech – led by Jeannette Yen, a professor in the School of Biology – traveled to Palmer Station, Antarctica (seen here), to explore the frozen continent’s frigid waters. They were searching for tiny organisms called pteropods, which could be a canary in the coal mine of climate change.

Front Office

Past Research Horizons issues
Cross Talk

Research Horizons Makeover

Executive Vice President for Research Steve Cross introduces the new Research Horizons.

Mover Shaker

Pablo Vega, a fifth-year graduate student in the Georgia Tech School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, studies how older buildings are damaged during earthquakes.

Message in a Bottle

Scientists analyze and re-create 1958 experiments on the origin of life.

bullet hole in armor material
Expertise

Bulletproof

Ceramics research group at the Georgia Tech School of Materials Science and Engineering investigates novel methods for making body armor strike faces for use by the military and others.

superlattice structure
Visualization

Gear Heads

A combined computational and experimental study of self-assembled silver-based structures known as superlattices has revealed an unexpected behavior: arrays of gear-like molecular-scale machines that rotate in unison when pressure is applied to them.

Flip the Switchgrass

Although fuel cells powered by methanol or hydrogen have been well studied, existing low temperature fuel cell technologies cannot directly use biomass because of the lack of an effective catalyst system for polymeric materials.

Icequakes

Seismic events aren’t rare on Antarctica, where sections of the frozen desert can experience hundreds of micro-earthquakes an hour due to ice deformation. Some scientists call them icequakes.

Intergraph Acquires GT STRUDL

A structural engineering software system developed at Georgia Tech has been acquired by Intergraph®, a leading producer of engineering enterprise software.

Vaccinate Yourself

Self-administration of vaccines with microneedle patches may one day be feasible, potentially reducing administration costs and relieving an annual burden on health care providers.

Cutting Membrane Costs

Researchers have developed a microfluidic technique for fabricating a new class of metal-organic framework (MOF) membranes inside hollow polymer fibers that are just a few hundred microns in diameter.

The Agile Aperture Flies High

The Georgia Tech Research Institute’s (GTRI) software-defined, electronically reconfigurable Agile Aperture Antenna has now been tested on land, sea – and air.

Missile Man

The AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning System helps protect Army aircraft from attack by shoulder-launched missiles and other threats.

Blood Cells on a Microchip

Scientists have now engineered a microchip coated with blood vessel cells to learn more about the conditions under which nanoparticles accumulate in the plaque-filled arteries of patients with atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of myocardial infarction and stroke.

Eye Chart

Using a novel high-throughput screening process, scientists have, for the first time, identified molecules with the potential to block the accumulation of a toxic eye protein that can lead to the early onset of glaucoma.

I Heart

A study of 338 patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) has identified a gene expression profile associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular death.

The Multitasking Brain

The distance at which a person can discern two headlights from a single light is controlled by the acuity of the body’s sensory pathway.

Helping Hazmat Responders

A new version of the Chemical Companion Decision Support System provides first responders with detailed information about chemicals that may be associated with hazmat incidents.

Tiny Tweezers Aid Biomed Research

A new type of biomolecular tweezers could help researchers study how mechanical forces affect the biochemical activity of cells and proteins.

Measuring Graphene's Limits

Graphene is strong, but new research could prompt engineers to look a little deeper as they consider the miracle material for applications.

Cancer Road

A new study has found that assessing the route to cancer on a case-by-case basis might make more sense than basing a patient’s treatment on commonly disrupted genes and pathways.

Contributors

Brett Israel

Brett Israel

Communications Officer II
John Toon

John Toon

Director of Research News
Phone: 404.894.6986
T.J. Becker

T.J. Becker

Freelance Writer
Laura Diamond

Laura Diamond

National Media Relations
Phone: 404.894.6016
Rob Felt

Rob Felt

Photographer
Phone: 404.894.6014

Media Contacts

John Toon

John Toon

Director of Research News
Phone: 404.894.6986
photo - Jason Maderer

Jason Maderer

National Media Relations
Phone: 404.385.2966
photo - Ben Brumfield

Ben Brumfield

Senior Science Writer
Phone: 404.385.1933
Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Senior Science Writer
Phone: 404-385-0500

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