Chemistry & Biochemistry

Entering the Strange World of Ultra-Cold Chemistry


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Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have received a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to study the unusual chemical and physical properties of atoms and molecules at ultra-cold temperatures approaching absolute zero – the temperature at which all thermal activity stops.
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Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have received a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to study the unusual chemical and physical properties of atoms and molecules at ultra-cold temperatures approaching absolute zero – the temperature at which all thermal activity stops.

NSF Sustainable Nanotechnology Center Includes Georgia Tech Researchers


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Georgia Tech is among a dozen institutions that are part of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, a $20 million research center.
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Georgia Tech is among a dozen institutions that are part of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, a $20 million research center focusing on the molecular mechanisms by which nanoparticles interact with biological systems. Based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the center has been awarded an additional five years of funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to expand its existing operations.

Who needs water to assemble DNA?


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Non-aqueous solvent supports DNA nanotechnology
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Scientists around the world are using the programmability of DNA to assemble complex nanometer-scale structures. Until now, however, production of these artificial structures has been limited to water-based environments, because DNA naturally functions inside the watery environment of living cells.

3D structure solved for vulnerable region of glaucoma-causing protein


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Scientists have determined the three-dimensional structure of a key part of a protein that is associated with glaucoma and identified regions of this domain that correlate with severe forms of the disease.
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Scientists have determined the three-dimensional structure of a key part of a protein that is associated with glaucoma and identified regions of this domain that correlate with severe forms of the disease.

Electrochromic polymers create broad color palette for sunglasses, windows


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Researchers have created a broad color palette of electrochromic polymers, materials that can be used for sunglasses, window tinting and other applications that rely on electrical current to produce color changes.
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Artists, print designers and interior decorators have long had access to a broad palette of paint and ink colors for their work. Now, researchers have created a broad color palette of electrochromic polymers, materials that can be used for sunglasses, window tinting and other applications that rely on electrical current to produce color changes.

The Buzz on Bioscience


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The biosciences are big at Georgia Tech. Researchers discuss what’s happening and how they see the future.
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Biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech has risen from a handful of projects to national prominence in just two decades. Today, more than half of all incoming freshman pursue a degree in biomedical engineering, biochemistry, or biology. These students want to both understand living systems and make things that improve people’s lives.

Stanley Miller’s Forgotten Experiments, Analyzed


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The first-ever analysis of some of Stanley Miller’s old samples has revealed another way that important molecules could have formed on early Earth.
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Stanley Miller, the chemist whose landmark experiment published in 1953 showed how some of the molecules of life could have formed on a young Earth, left behind boxes of experimental samples that he never analyzed. The first-ever analysis of some of Miller’s old samples has revealed another way that important molecules could have formed on early Earth.

College of Sciences Teams Up with Science Teacher to Bring STEM Education to American Indian Reservations


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Middle school teacher Nicole Collins is working with Georgia Tech faculty to develop lesson plans that will be available to teachers across the country.
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By Hannah Ackermann and Drake Lee-Patterson

 
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Nicole Collins

How Tech and Teachers are Working to Change the Face of High School Science Classes


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Q & A with Casey Bethel, science teacher at New Manchester High School
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By Hannah Ackermann and Drake Lee-Patterson

 
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Casey Bethel with student Anika Carter at New Manchester High School

Platelet-like particles augment natural blood clotting for treating trauma


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A new class of synthetic platelet-like particles could augment natural blood clotting for the treatment of traumatic injuries.
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A new class of synthetic platelet-like particles could augment natural blood clotting for the emergency treatment of traumatic injuries – and potentially offer doctors a new option for curbing surgical bleeding and addressing certain blood clotting disorders without the need for transfusions of natural platelets.

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