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  • Replacing Textbooks with Websites

    Textbooks are the bane of students. Their cost has increased significantly over the past decade. In 2010, the average price of a textbook was $133. The cost of science and mathematics tomes averages even higher. Beyond the financial drain, textbooks are often bloated with information that will not and cannot be covered during the one or two semesters they are intended to be used. For students and professors alike, there’s got to be a better way. Ever inventive and industrious, academics in the School of Biological Sciences have found a solution: replace textbooks with custom-built websites.

  • The Electric Sands of Titan

    Experiments suggest the particles that cover the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, are “electrically charged.” When the wind blows hard enough (approximately 15 mph), Titan’s non-silicate granules get kicked up and start to hop in a motion referred to as saltation. As they collide, they become frictionally charged, like a balloon rubbing against your hair, and clump together in a way not observed for sand dune grains on Earth — they become resistant to further motion. They attach to other hydrocarbon substances, much like packing peanuts used in shipping boxes here on Earth.

  • Peter Webster Elected Honorary Fellow of U.K. Meteorological Society

    The atmospheric scientist joins British royalty, science community giants, and other luminaries by accepting the honor

  • Faculty-Teacher Duo Combines Electrochemistry and Dance to Teach Engineering to High School Students

    Through the PRIME Research Experiences for Teachers Program, Hatzell and Okoh have partnered to create an innovative way to teach high school students electrochemistry techniques for water purification.

  • Dunn Institute Chair To Support Two Professorships

    The donor for Dunn Family Institute Chair at Georgia Tech requested that the inaugural award be in the School of Physics. College of Sciences Dean Paul Goldbart had an idea: Split the endowment between two physics faculty members.

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  • Climate Change May Be Intensifying China's Smog Crisis

    Chinese leaders, grappling with some of the world's worst air pollution, have long assumed the answer to their woes was gradually reducing the level of smog-forming chemicals emitted from power plants, steel factories and cars. But new research suggests another factor may be hindering China's efforts to take control of its devastating smog crisis: climate change. One of those studies is by Yuhang Wang, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech.

    The New York Times, Mar 24, 2017

  • Mathematicians create warped worlds in virtual reality

    To explore the mathematical possibilities of alternative geometries, mathematicians imagine such ‘non-Euclidean’ spaces, where parallel lines can intersect or veer apart. Now, with the help of relatively affordable VR devices, researchers are making curved spaces — a counter-intuitive concept with implications for Einstein’s theory underlying gravity and also for seismology — more accessible. They may even uncover new mathematics in the process. “You can think about it, but you don’t get a very visceral sense of this until you actually experience it,” says Elisabetta Matsumoto, a physicist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

    Nature, Mar 21, 2017

  • How Climate Change Covered China in Smog

    What made the winter smog in China so bad in 2013 and in the winters since? Two new studies...argue that climate change will make this kind of smog event much more common. And, remarkably, one of them - by Yuhang Wang and others at the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech - asserts that the Chinese smog of January 2013 was worsened by two weather phenomena thousands of miles away. 

    The Atlantic, Mar 21, 2017

  • NASA Selects New Research Teams to Further Solar System Research

    NASA has selected four new research teams to join the existing nine teams in SSERVI (Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute) to address scientific questions about the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and their near space environments, in cooperation with international partners. One of the teams is from Georgia Institute of Technology, led by School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Thomas Orlando. 

    Engadget, Mar 21, 2017

  • NASA signs up four research teams to study the Solar System

    While NASA already has plenty of scientists, it still regularly works with research teams from various universities and non-profit orgs. It even created the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) to oversee some of its collaborations. In fact, the agency has added four new teams looking to study the moon, near-Earth asteroids and Martian moons Phobos and Deimos to SSERVI's roster. One of the teams is from Georgia Institute of Technology, led by Thomas Orlando, a professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry. .

    Engadget, Mar 19, 2017