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  • Daniel Goldman

    Rovers Learn New Gait to Avoid Getting Stuck in the Sand on Other Worlds

    Rovers tend to be designed like little cars, equipped with wheels that spin on fixed axles. But that can leave the vehicles vulnerable to getting stuck, as Spirit infamously did on Mars. That's why School of Physics Daniel Goldman's team is finding new ways for rovers to move., Mar 16, 2019

  • Airplane

    These People Have Given Up Flying To Help The Environment

    For every round-trip flight from NYC to London, 30 square feet of Arctic ice is lost. In 2017, Kim Cobb, of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, calculated that 85% of her carbon footprint came from flying. Shocked, she cut down her flying by three quarters. Cobb is part of a growing movement of people choosing to quit or hugely restrict their flying in hopes of reducing their carbon footprints due to travel. 

    HuffPost, Mar 7, 2019

  • The science of knitting (Credit: Elisabetta Matsumoto)

    The science of knitting, unpicked

    Dating back more than 3,000 years, knitting is an ancient form of manufacturing, but Elisabetta Matsumoto of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta believes that understanding how stitch types govern shape and stretchiness will be invaluable for designing new "tunable" materials. For instance, tissuelike flexible material could be manufactured to replace biological tissues, such as torn ligaments, with stretchiness and sizing personalized to fit each individual. Matsumoto is an assistant professor in the School of Physics., Mar 6, 2019

  • Jennifer Glass, a great teacher!

    Why this professor will “never go back to term papers”

    It’s not every day that a student takes the time to officially thank their professor for a great project. But that’s what Dr. Jennifer Glass’s student at Georgia Institute of Technology did after learning how to write Wikipedia articles as a class assignment. Glass is an assistant professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. This blog post discusses Glass's experience in assigning students to write for Wikipedia, instead of term papers.

    Wiki Education, Mar 1, 2019

  • Robert Tunison collects data inside the El Yunque tropical rainforest

    Hurricanes create natural climate change labs in Puerto Rico

    The hurricanes that pounded Puerto Rico in 2017, blasting away most of its forest cover, may give scientists clues to how the world will respond to climate change and increasingly severe weather. Kim Cobb of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences commented on the new experiments at El Yunque. “It is well worth the effort,” she said. “The raw beauty of these environments is really only matched by their immense scientific potential.” The work, with commentary from Cobb, was also reported by The New Zealand Herald.

    AP News, Feb 21, 2019

  • Melting Ice Caps

    Climate threat doubter is leading effort to advise Trump

    Kim Cobb of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is among climate change scientists speaking out against William Happer, a point person for climate change within the Trump administration and a known critic of mainstream science climate findings. Cobb said Happer's “false, unscientific notions about climate change represent a danger to the American people.”

    AP News, Feb 21, 2019

  • Collin Spencer

    As suicide rates rise, college students band together in unprecedented effort

    Struck by climbing suicide rates, third-year School of Biological Sciences major Collin Spencer organized the first Intercollegiate Mental Health Conference, which kicked off on Feb. 15, 2019.  "Mental health is one of the most pressing issues for adolescents in the country right now," Spencer says. 

    Fox News, Feb 20, 2019

  • Britney Schmidt in Antarctica

    NASA launches team of experts dedicated to finding alien life on other planets alongside scholars from leading universities

    In news straight out of science fiction, NASA is assembling a team made up of the best and the brightest to answer one of humanity's most pressing questions once and for all: Are we alone? Britney Schmidt of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is a principal investigator, continuing her work examining the oceans of the icy outer moons of our solar system for life. 

    Daily Mail, Feb 19, 2019

  • Kim Cobb before House Committee on Natural Resources on Feb. 6, 2019


    Climate science made a big comeback on Capitol Hill yesterday, with two separate hearings underway on the same day that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared 2018 the fourth-hottest year on record and revealed that climate-related weather events caused $91 billion in damages to the US economy. Among those giving testimony before the Natural Resources Committee meeting was Kim Cobb, professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

    WIRED, Feb 7, 2019

  • One maggot can eat twice its body mass in one day. (Credit: Shishkov and Hu, GeorgiaTech)

    Thousands of Writhing Maggots Create the World's Creepiest Fountain

    That's what scientists found while studying the dinnertime of black soldier fly larvae, or maggots. When vast quantities of these larvae feed together, their surging movement around their food creates a living fountain of writhing bodies. That may sound revolting, but the strategy makes maggots uniquely efficient at devouring meals en masse, scientists reported in a new study. [Ear Maggots and Brain Amoeba: 5 Creepy Flesh-Eating Critters] Larvae of the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) typically hatch, live and eat together in the hundreds and thousands, and each voracious grub can consume up to twice its body mass in a day, lead study author Olga Shishkov, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech, told Live Science. Shishkov works with mechanical engineering professor David Hu, who holds concurrent appointments in the Schools of Biological Sciences and of Physics. Story was also covered by Fox News and Science Friday


    Wired, Feb 6, 2019