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2010-06-21 11:53:45

New, simple technique enables large-scale production of graphene at room temperature; researchers use graphene to build chemical sensors, ultracapacitors Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a simple new method for producing large quantities of the promising nanomaterial graphene. The new technique works at room temperature, needs little processing, and paves the way for cost-effective mass production of graphene. An atom-thick sheet of carbon arranged in a...

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2010-06-16 13:30:00

Study Details New Process for Creating Monolayers of Gold Nanoparticles; Holds Promise for New Nanoelectronics Applications Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new, ultra-simple method for making layers of gold that measure only billionths of a meter thick. The process, which requires no sophisticated equipment and works on nearly any surface including silicon wafers, could have important implications for nanoelectronics and semiconductor manufacturing. Sang-Kee...

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2010-05-10 11:42:12

New Study Will Investigate the Effects of Microgravity on the Formation of Biofilms; Could Lead to Safer and Healthier Space Travel A team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will send an army of microorganisms into space this week, to investigate new ways of preventing the formation and spread of biofilms, or clusters of bacteria, that could pose a threat to the health of astronauts. The Micro-2 experiment, led by Cynthia Collins, assistant professor in the Department of...

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2010-03-01 15:29:20

New method decodes cell movements, accurately predicts how cells will divide Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered a new method for predicting "” with up to 99 percent accuracy "” the fate of stem cells. Using advanced computer vision technology to detect subtle cell movements that are impossible to discern with the human eye, Professor Badri Roysam and his former student Andrew Cohen "Ëœ89 can successfully forecast how a stem cell will split...

2010-02-25 13:14:40

Why can't I fall asleep? Will this new medication keep me up all night? Can I sleep off this cold? Despite decades of research, answers to these basic questions about one of our most essential bodily functions remain exceptionally difficult to answer. In fact, researchers still don't fully understand why we even sleep at all. In an effort to better understand the sleep-wake cycle and how it can go awry, researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are taking a different approach than the...

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2010-02-12 09:45:00

Rensselaer researchers help athletes trim track times Olympic skeleton athletes will hit the ice next month in Vancouver, where one-hundredths of a second can dictate the difference between victory and defeat. Using state-of-the-art flow measurements, engineering professor Timothy Wei and students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., are employing science and technology to help the U.S. skeleton team trim track times and gain an edge over other sliders. "Not much is known about...

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2010-02-10 11:40:00

Combined computing power of the MilkyWay@Home project recently surpassed the world's second fastest supercomputer At this very moment, tens of thousands of home computers around the world are quietly working together to solve the largest and most basic mysteries of our galaxy. Enthusiastic and inquisitive volunteers from Africa to Australia are donating the computing power of everything from decade-old desktops to sleek new netbooks to help computer scientists and astronomers at Rensselaer...

2009-11-30 04:00:00

GLASTONBURY, Conn., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- TopCoder®, Inc., today announced that Nicholas M. Donofrio has been named to the company's Board of Directors effective immediately. Donofrio spent 44 years at IBM Corp., starting as a logic and memory chip designer and rising to lead the company's technology strategy as executive vice president of innovation and technology. He is also an IBM Fellow Emeritus, the highest honor a scientist, engineer or programmer at IBM can...

2009-11-16 09:39:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 300 cyber-security celebrities, information security officers from industry and government, academics and students converged on Brooklyn Nov. 13 for cyber games in which students claimed scholarships, prizes and credentials for a career field that is rapidly expanding and offering some of the highest salaries. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20091027/NY99197LOGO) The 6th Annual Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) games were organized...

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2009-11-13 08:46:19

Novel nanomaterials developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are scheduled to blast off into orbit on November 16 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis. The project, funded by the U.S. Air Force Multi University Research Initiative (MURI), seeks to test the performance of the new nanocomposites in orbit. Space Shuttle Atlantis will carry the samples to the International Space Station (ISS). The materials will then be mounted to the station's outer hull in a Passive Experiment Carrier (PEC), and...