This CNN video provides an up-close look at how musician Jason Barnes is able to play the piano again, thanks to an advanced right hand prosthesis provided by Georgia Tech researchers. The prosthesis allows more control and dexterity. There is also a side-by-side comparison of Barnes' prosthesis with the one Luke Skywalker uses in the Star Wars films. Minoru Shinohara, an associate professor, and lecturer Chris Fink were part of the Tech research team that designed the hand. They are both with the School of Biological Sciences.
CNN.com, Dec 14, 2017
The conventional wisdom has always been that islands near a coastline would offer protection from tsunamis. But new research indicates that may not always be the case. In fact, the waves from a tsunami could end up being higher on beaches in the so-called "shadow zone" behind an island. Hermann Fritz, a civil engineering professor with a courtesy appointment in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, wasn't involved in the research but gives his take on its findings.
Earth and Space Science News , Dec 12, 2017
Just in time for the release of a new Star Wars movie, the Luke Skywalker references abound in these three stories based on new research from a Georgia Tech team working on more responsive prostheses for amputees. There certainly is a resemblance to Skywalker's robotic hand in the prosthesis developed by College of Design researchers, which allows users to work individual fingers and control the amount of force. It enabled Jason Barnes, a musician who lost his right hand five years ago, to once again play the piano. In addition to the Mashable story, there is coverage at Engadget and Digital Trends. Minoru Shinohara, an associate professor, and lecturer Chris Fink are part of the research team; both are with the School of Biological Sciences.
Mashable, Dec 12, 2017
Some 4.5 billion years ago, the sun wasn't as bright and life-sustaining as it is today. That should have meant a planetary deep freeze, but primitive photosynthetic microbes may have kept things warm and toasty enough with their methane emissions to help simple organisms stay alive on the early Earth. That's the subject of new research from Chris Reinhard and Kazumi Ozaki with the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Reinhard is an assistant professor while Ozaki is a postdoctoral fellow.
New Scientist (subscription required), Dec 11, 2017
Fast-forward to 36:02 into this podcast of WABE's "Closer Look with Rose Scott" radio show, and you'll hear an interview with Calvin Runnels, only the sixth student in Georgia Tech's history to be named a Rhodes Scholar. Runnels is set to graduate with a B.S. in Biochemistry from the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry in spring 2018 before he takes off for graduate studies at the University of Oxford.
WABE-FM, Dec 11, 2017
Congratulations to our College of Sciences graduates; we can't wait to see what comes next for you!
College of Sciences site, Dec 11, 2017
What did science learn about climate change in 2017, and how will that data impact what's heading our way regarding global warming in 2018? Takamitsu Ito, an associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, highlights the study he and other Georgia Tech researchers released earlier this year on declines in ocean oxygen levels caused by rising water temperatures. The findings show those levels dropping faster than expected, which threatens marine ecosystems.
The New York Times , Dec 5, 2017
The organization known as the "world's largest general scientific society" has elected three Georgia Tech researchers as fellows for 2017. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has singled out Joshua Weitz, professor in the School of Biological Sciences; Baratunde Cola, associate professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering; and Mary Frank Fox, ADVANCE professor in the School of Public Policy. Weitz was honored for his research on the effects of viruses on populations and ecosystems. Weitz is also an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Physics, and director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Quantitative Biosciences.
Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, Dec 4, 2017
Scroll down a few paragraphs in this Jerusalem Post health news roundup, and you'll find an item on the recent daydreaming study from School of Psychology researchers Eric Schumacher and Christine Godwin. Their findings show that daydreaming could point to a more efficient mind that exhibits more creativity and intelligence.
Jerusalem Post , Dec 3, 2017
HealthTech focuses on the recent news that School of Biological Sciences researchers are allowing all scientists to use their new machine learning software for predicting cancer drug effectiveness. The hope is that the open source software approach, which will crowdsource research brainpower and expertise, will speed up the clinical trials process for cancer drug approval. Assistant Professor Fredrik Vannberg and Professor John McDonald contributed to the research; McDonald is also director of Tech's Integrated Cancer Research Center.
HealthTech, Nov 30, 2017