News Archive

Elena Shinohara receives the Sportsperson of the Year Award from Rebecca Sereda (Credit: USA Gymnastics)
July 11, 2019
Balancing academic work and competitive sports can often be difficult, especially for a college student at Georgia Tech, but Elena Shinohara has mastered it.
Kazumi Ozaki and Christopher Reinhard
July 11, 2019
Evidence exists for oxygen-releasing photosynthesis evolving as early as 3 billion years ago. However, the oxygen-rich atmosphere we take for granted today has existed for only about 10% of Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history. Why did oxygenation of the atmosphere occur so much later than the evolution of oxygen-releasing photosynthesis?
Jennifer Leavey
July 9, 2019
To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table, Tech students, faculty, and staff talk about their favorite elements. For July, we have Jennifer Leavey, principal academic professional who wears many hats.
Tech Tower
July 9, 2019
At the final meeting of the term, each of the cohorts of the Provost Teaching and Learning Fellows discussed challenges, as well as goals and action plans, for the 2019-20 academic year.
Tundra test plot
July 8, 2019
Rising temperatures in the tundra of the Earth’s northern latitudes could affect microbial communities in ways likely to increase their production of greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide, a new study of experimentally warmed Alaskan soil suggests. 
Thwaites Glacier's outer edge
July 8, 2019
Instability hidden within Antarctic ice is likely to accelerate its flow into the ocean and push sea level up at a more rapid pace than previously expected. Even if images of vanishing Arctic ice and mountain glaciers are jarring, their potential contributions to sea level rise are no match for those of Antarctica, Earth's ice leviathan.

June 25, 2019
A new study has found that variability in night-to-night sleep time and reduced sleep quality adversely affect the ability of older adults to recall information about past events. The study also found unexpected racial differences in the type of sleep patterns tied to lower memory performance across both younger and older African American research participants.
Samantha Mascuch and Julia Kubanek
June 24, 2019
Some animals that can’t manufacture their own chemical weapons feed on toxic organisms and steal their chemical defenses, having evolved resistance to them. One animal that does this is a sea slug that lives on the reefs surrounding Hawaii and dines on toxic Bryopsis algae. Marine scientists suspected the toxin is made by a bacterium that lives within the alga but have only just discovered the species responsible and teased apart the complex relationship between slug, seaweed, and microbe.
Pamela Peralta-Yahya
June 20, 2019
Exciting advances are likely to emerge from the 20-year-old field of engineering biology, or synthetic biology. Engineering biology/synthetic biology involves taking what we know about the genetics of plants and animals and then tweaking specific genes to make these organisms do new things. The field is now mature enough to provide solutions to many societal problems, according to a roadmap released on June 19 by the Engineering Biology Research Consortium.