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2011-02-11 22:04:15

Peter Fox and James Hendler of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are calling for scientists to take a few tips from the users of the World Wide Web when presenting their data to the public and other scientists in the Feb. 11 issue of Science magazine. Fox and Hendler, both professors within the Tetherless World Research Constellation at Rensselaer, outline a new vision for the visualization of scientific data in a perspective piece titled "Changing the Equation on Scientific Data...

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2011-01-11 06:43:28

Versatile liquid pistons developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have no solid moving parts, essentially eliminating wear A few unassuming drops of liquid locked in a very precise game of "follow the leader" could one day be found in mobile phone cameras, medical imaging equipment, implantable drug delivery devices, and even implantable eye lenses. Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed liquid pistons, in which oscillating droplets of ferrofluid...

2010-12-01 22:39:19

A dealer in antique coins gets an offer to buy a beautiful bronze coin. The coin has an emperor's head on one side and the date "544 B.C." stamped on the other. The dealer examines the coin, but instead of buying it, he calls the police. Why? Solving this "insight problem" requires creativity, a skill at which humans excel (the coin is a fake "“ "B.C." and Arabic numerals did not exist at the time) and computers do not. Now, a new explanation of how humans solve problems creatively...

2010-11-16 14:05:17

A how-to primer on 'mashing-up' the treasure trove of government Web data Who is the White House's most frequent visitor? Which White House staffer has the most visitors? How do smoking quit rates, state by state, relate to unemployment, taxes, and violent crimes? How do politics influence U.S. Supreme Court decisions? How many earthquakes occurred worldwide recently? Where and how strong were they? Which states have the cleanest air and water? If you know how to look, the answers to all of...

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2010-10-26 14:17:05

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Use Water to Open, Tune Graphene's Band Gap Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute developed a new method for using water to tune the band gap of the nanomaterial graphene, opening the door to new graphene-based transistors and nanoelectronics. By exposing a graphene film to humidity, Rensselaer Professor Nikhil Koratkar and his research team were able to create a band gap in graphene "” a critical prerequisite to creating...

2010-10-26 07:10:00

RENSSELAER, N.Y., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Upstate New York Laboratory Robotics Interest Group (LRIG) and the Hudson Mohawk Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will be hosting a free symposium and exhibition on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 entitled "Unconventional High-Throughput Applications," featuring Pankaj Karande, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Seth Cohen, Ph.D., Senior Director Microfluidics Applications, Caliper Life...

2010-10-15 09:55:00

In 1835, Rensselaer Issued the First Civil Engineering Degree in the United States TROY, N.Y., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today (Oct. 14, 2010) celebrated its place in history as the first university in the United States to issue a degree in civil engineering. On Oct. 14, 1835, scientist and educator Amos Eaton posted a notice informing students and fellow faculty at the fledgling Rensselaer Institute about the awarding of a new degree: civil...

2010-10-08 11:29:00

Graduates of Nation's First Civil Engineering Degree Program Built the Brooklyn Bridge, Ferris Wheel, Yankee Stadium, and Other Historic Feats of Engineering; Smithsonian Institution Secretary G. Wayne Clough Among Noted Speakers at Celebration TROY, N.Y., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On October 14, 1835, scientist and educator Amos Eaton posted a notice informing faculty and students at the fledgling Rensselaer Institute about the awarding of a new degree: civil engineering. It was...

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2010-08-17 08:40:00

Building on an enzyme found in nature, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a nanoscale coating for surgical equipment, hospital walls, and other surfaces which safely eradicates methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the bacteria responsible for antibiotic resistant infections. "We're building on nature," said Jonathan S. Dordick, the Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and director of Rensselaer's Center for Biotechnology...

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2010-06-24 13:45:00

In the split second before foot meets ball, a soccer player's body betrays whether a penalty kick will go left or right, according to recent research in cognitive science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The findings could explain how some top goalkeepers are able to head off a penalty kick, diving in the correct direction in advance of the kick. It could also point the way to changes in how players kick, and goalies react. The research, performed by Rensselaer doctoral student Gabriel J....


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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