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Latest News From the College of Sciences

  • Spray-on Electric Rainbows: Making Safer Electrochromic Inks

    A flick of a switch, and electrochromic films change their colors. Now they can be applied more safely and more commonly thanks to an innovative chemical process that makes them water soluble. They can be sprayed and printed, instead of being confined behind safety implements to handle volatile and toxic fumes. 

  • Strengthening Connections with Peking University

    Nine Peking University students learned how Georgia Tech researchers study air quality and climate science during the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences' second summer workshop for PKU undergraduates. 

  • Skewing the Aim of Targeted Cancer Therapies

    The aim of targeted gene-based cancer therapies could be skewed from the start, more often than not. The widespread practice of using elevated RNA levels to pick cancer drug targets could be inaccurate two-thirds of the time. The widely assumed correlation between those RNA levels and the levels of cancerous protein molecules, the drugs' actual targets, proved incorrect 62% of the time in a new study in ovarian cancer cells.

  • Searching for Science in the Solar Darkness

    For hundreds of years, scientists and historians have used solar eclipses to learn more about the nature of the sun and how it effects Earth. That will continue on Aug. 21, 2017, with Georgia Tech researchers joining the search for answers as the path of a total solar eclipse stretches across the U.S. 

  • How to Watch the Solar Eclipse at Georgia Tech

    The skies over Georgia Tech will be at 97 percent darkness during the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse. Watfching the spectacle will require special eclipse-viewin glasses, but you'll also want to notice the changes in the environment around you as the skies get darker during this rare celestial event.

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College of Sciences Researchers in the News

  • Rush-Hour Pollution May Be Twice as Dangerous as Previously Thought

    More media outlets are interested in the new research on rush hour pollution from Georgia Tech, Emory University and Duke University. The Weather Channel takes a look at the study, which found that in-car pollution during a typical Atlanta morning commute is much worse than previously thought, and twice as high as the pollution measured by roadside monitors. Here's the Raleigh News & Observer's story on the study. School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Professor Rodney Weber co-authored the study. 

    The Weather Channel , Aug 15, 2017

  • 2016 weather report: Extreme and anything but normal

    If you suspected that 2016's climate was off-the-charts extreme, you were right. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new State of the Climate report confirms that last year was the hottest ever. The last time it was that hot? 2015. Sea levels, greenhouse gas concentrations, and ocean temperatures also broke previous records. Kim Cobb, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is quoted as saying that 2016 was "the year we crossed a new threshold of climate change." Cobb did not work on the NOAA report.

    Associated Press , Aug 11, 2017

  • The 28-Year-Old Physicist Looking to Revamp India's Education System

    Karan Jani stayed very busy during his time in the School of Physics. In addition to being a doctoral candidate, Jani was also a key member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) team that first observed the existence of gravitational waves in 2015. Jani received his Ph.D. this year. Now the astrophysicist has returned to his native India, but he is still busy as he is helping to reform that country's education system. 

    Ozy, Aug 10, 2017

  • Wildfires Pollute Air More Than Previously Thought. Are Prescribed Burns the Answer?

    A recent Georgia Tech-led study on wildfires and air pollution remains timely, thanks to uncontrolled fires that are still plaguing parts of the U.S. The study showed that wildfires release three times more of fine-particle pollution that previously thought. That's the kind of pollution that can exacerbate health problems like asthma or pulmonary disease. Greg Huey, professor and chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, is one of the authors of the study. 

    Undark , Aug 10, 2017

  • 8 places to view the solar eclipse in metro Atlanta

    The word is getting out; Georgia Tech has a full afternoon of activities planned for the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, which also happens to be the first day of classes for the fall semester. Eclipse glasses, a live eclipse video feed from the Georgia Tech Observatory, the "music" of the solar system, and free Moon Pies await our community. Our agenda is showing up on lists for where to watch the eclipse in metro Atlanta, including this wrapup at myAJC.com, this story at Atlanta NPR affiliate WABE 90.1, and this roundup on the mom-centric website Romper.com

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Aug 10, 2017