Look up at the winter sky on a clear night. The brilliance of the stars is breathtaking. James Sowell, an astronomer in the School of Physics, weighs in on why stargazing is so beautiful in the winter. "There are more brighter stars in the quarter of the sky that we call the winter sky. Plus, cold air holds less moisture than the warmer summer air, making the nights clearer. So, faint stars that may go unseen during the summer nights may be more visible," Sowell says. So take Sowell's advice, grab your tent, and get out there! Or just come to Public Nights at the Georgia Tech Observatory. The next one is on Feb 22.
Travel Channel, Jan 23, 2018
School of Physics researchers Paul Goldbart, Benjamin Loewe, and Anton Souslov have made a breakthrough in fluid dynamics. They've derived hydrodynamic equations describing active fluids, something that had proven very difficult to do in the past. Their research was published in the New Journal of Physics. Loewe was a doctoral student and Souslov was a postdoctoral research associate in Goldbart's research group in the School of Physics. Goldbart is also College of Sciences Dean and Sutherland Chair .
Physics World, Jan 22, 2018
It's a simple, yet attractive idea that's caught on like wildfire: daydreaming is a sign of intelligence. Seemingly counterintuitive to long-held beliefs about productivity, the notion originated in a Georgia Tech research paper co-authored by the School of Psychology's Eric Schumacher and former graduate student Christine Godwin. It was published in August of last year, yet journalists are still writing about it. Now, mentions of the study on Google search stretch to seven pages. Perhaps the findings are so popular because they're almost too good to be true. We'd like to believe that we drift off in meetings not because we're unproductive, but because we're simply too smart for them. This take on the study by Inc. even suggests that the future of the workplace might see managers scheduling time to stare at walls. One can only dream.
Inc., Jan 22, 2018
It's a many-splendored thing, and a crazy little thing. It is endless, but that didn't stop Rihanna from finding it. And after all these years, Foreigner still wants to know what it is. We're talking about love, and so is Brides Magazine, which asked five experts in various disciplines to define and expound on the romantic feeling that makes the world go round. Laura Schaeffer, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Psychology, gives us the scientific view involving "love" chemicals that spark sensuous snapses in our brain during the phases of attraction.
Brides, Jan 20, 2018
Why does the urine of blue crabs instill such intense fear in mud crabs? The answer has fascinated readers since findings by Georgia Tech researchers made news in early January. Now, the story has been picked up by Chemical & Engineering News in both their digital and print publications. C&EN's coverage includes a video that sheds light on how researchers worked with the crabs. Interviewed on the video are Julia Kubanek, a professor in the Schools of Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Biochemistry who co- led the study with Marc Weissburg, a professor in the School of Biological Sciences.
Chemical & Engineering News, Jan 19, 2018
It's an established fact that Mars was once a warmer and wetter place, with liquid water covering much of its surface. Between 4.2 and 3.7 billion years ago, the planet lost its atmosphere, which caused most of its surface water to disappear. But according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey, erosion on the surface of Mars has revealed abundant deposits of water ice. James Wray, an associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, contributed to the study, as did Lujendra Ojha, a former Tech researcher who led the 2015 study offering evidence of flowing water on Mars. Ojha is now at Johns Hopkins University.
Universe Today, Jan 19, 2018
Mars is still in NASA's sights for a possible future manned mission, and a new study finds that when those astronauts land, they may have limitless access to water. The study uses new Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter data and images to show a 100-meter-thick ice sheet that's just under the planet's surface — in some cases, merely a meter beneath the Martian sands. This Quartz story on the findings highlights how the ice sheets could hold a record of Mars' climate. James Wray, an associate professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, contributed to the study, as did Lujendra Ojha, a former Tech researcher who led the 2015 study offering evidence of flowing water on Mars. Ojha is now at Johns Hopkins University.
NBC News, Jan 11, 2018
Why did Remington Poulin decide to make a living in chemistry while still in high school? "It's a whole other language of things you can't see," he tells his hometown newspaper. That heightened sense of scientific curiosity led him from Maryland to Georgia Tech, where he received his Ph.D. last year from the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry under the supervision of Julia Kubanek, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and of biological sciences. Poulin, now conducting postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany, was the lead author on a new Tech study that for the first time identifies the chemicals in blue crab urine that scare off their prey. Poulin explains how he collected that crab urine and details how the study's findings could lead to better management of crab and oyster farms.
The Frederick News-Post, Jan 11, 2018
Georgia Public Broadcasting radio host Celeste Headlee replays her 2015 interview with Patricia Yang, a doctoral student and co-winner of an Ig Nobel Award, an honor presented by Improbable Research given to science projects that "make you laugh, then make you think." Yang's award was for a study on animal urination, which involved monitoring and recording the bladder-emptying habits of 32 different mammals at Zoo Atlanta. Yang worked on the study with David Hu, an associate professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and the School of Biological Sciences, with an adjunct appointment in the School of Physics.
GPBNews.org, Jan 10, 2018
Should doctors who are increasingly concerned about antibiotic resistance hold off on using them to treat mild infections? Should they use alternative treatments instead, and save the stronger medicine for more serious infections? Those questions were raised in a recent essay published in PLOS Biology by Kristofer Wollein Waldetoft and Sam Brown, both with the School of Biological Sciences. In this audio report, Heather Goldstone of WCAI's Living Lab Radio interviews Waldetoft, a postdoctoral researcher. Brown is an associate professor.
WCAI, Jan 8, 2018