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2011-07-19 14:33:19

Nanoengineered graphene coating harvests energy from flowing water, powers microsensors used to detect underground oil and gas Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new method to harvest energy from flowing water. This discovery aims to hasten the creation of self-powered microsensors for more accurate and cost-efficient oil exploration. Led by Rensselaer Professor Nikhil Koratkar, the researchers investigated how the flow of water over surfaces coated with the...

2011-06-22 14:08:42

Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed new process for the microdissection and in-depth biochemical analysis of bone tissue A new technique developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute allows researchers to collect large amounts of biochemical information from nanoscale bone samples. Along with adding important new insights into the fight against osteoporosis, this innovation opens up an entirely new proteomics-based approach to analyzing bone quality. It...

2011-05-27 08:30:00

University's Pair of World-Class Research Centers Investigate the "Whys and Hows" of Lighting TROY, N.Y., May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lighting technology touches nearly everything we do--from illuminating our homes and workplaces, to making a left turn at an intersection, or snapping a photo with a cell phone. Given the sheer ubiquity of lighting, it's easy to take the technology for granted--but lighting is the subject of intense scrutiny by scientists at two Rensselaer...

2011-05-26 21:20:17

Research led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute scientist finds evidence that early antarctic circumpolar current development impacted global climate Thirty-eight million years ago, tropical jungles thrived in what are now the cornfields of the American Midwest and furry marsupials wandered temperate forests in what is now the frozen Antarctic. The temperature differences of that era, known as the late Eocene, between the equator and Antarctica were only half of what they are today. A debate...

2011-04-29 08:30:00

Leading Worldwide Health and Wellness Expert and U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin Will Speak at 205th Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Commencement May 28 Samuel F. Heffner, Retired Rensselaer Board of Trustees Member and Chairman, and G. Wayne Clough, 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Also Will Receive Honorary Degrees TROY, N.Y., April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Surgeon General and Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin - one of the world's leading experts on...

2011-04-29 08:15:00

TROY, N.Y., April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Augmented Reality, Microsoft Kinect, mobile apps, and so-called "serious games" are all part of GameFest 2011, to be held May 6-7 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The annual festival, now in its eighth year, is larger than ever, drawing on three collegiate game design programs, an exhibition of more than 30 student games, and appearances by industry leaders including Brian Reynolds, chief game designer at Zynga, developer of...

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2011-04-13 13:00:00

A team of researchers from the University of Arizona and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have increased the toughness of ceramic composites by using graphene reinforcements that enable new fracture resistance mechanisms in the ceramic. The research, lead by Assistant Professor Erica L. Corral from the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and Professor Nikhil Koratkar from the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering at...

2011-04-06 23:18:10

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Discover New Method To Boost Enzymatic Activity Proteins are critically important to life and the human body. They are also among the most complex molecules in nature, and there is much we still don't know or understand about them. One key challenge is the stability of enzymes, a particular type of protein that speeds up, or catalyzes, chemical reactions. Taken out of their natural environment in the cell or body, enzymes can quickly lose their...

2011-03-07 21:51:42

Tristan Lawry Is One of Three Finalists for the $30,000 2011 Lemelson-MIT Rensselaer Student Prize Steel walls are no match for Tristan Lawry. The doctoral student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed and demonstrated an innovative new system that uses ultrasound to simultaneously transmit large quantities of data and power wirelessly through thick metal walls, like the hulls of ships and submarines. Lawry, a student in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems...

2011-03-01 12:22:00

Benjamin Clough Is One of Three Finalists for the $30,000 2011 Lemelson-MIT Rensselaer Student Prize Benjamin Clough has developed a novel method for eavesdropping on terahertz information hidden in invisible plasma acoustic bursts. The doctoral student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has demonstrated a promising technique that employs sound waves to boost the distance from which researchers can use powerful terahertz technology to remotely detect hidden explosives, chemicals, and other...


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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
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