News Archive

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.
Leucine Zipper and the Zinc Fingers
June 19, 2019
Listen to Leucine Zipper and the Zinc Fingers, Lew Lefton, and David Hu. Be amazed with Matt Baker's card magic!
Sea ice in Antarctica showing a brown layer of ice algae (Credit Rick Cavicchioli)
June 18, 2019
An international group of microbiologists, including Georgia Tech's Frank Stewart, is warning that as science tries to search for climate-change solutions, it’s ignoring the potential consequences for climate change’s tiniest, unseen victims – the world’s microbial communities.
Benjamin Breer
June 17, 2019
To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table, Tech students, faculty, and staff talk about their favorite elements. For June, we have Benjamin Breer, a physics major who just completed his first year at Georgia Tech.

June 17, 2019
When I volunteered for a study that will observe and measure movements during walking, I knew only that my participation would help researchers figure out how to make better prostheses for people missing limbs. I didn’t know that the experience would surface strong feelings of empathy for people with ambulatory problems.
2019 NGS-CR students at the peak of Irazú Volcano.
June 14, 2019
In just five weeks, we interviewed a former vice president of Costa Rica, scrambled up the slopes of a volcano, and came face to face with sloths, vipers, and bullet ants. The Nature, Governance, and Sustainability in Costa Rica (NGS-CR) Study-Abroad Program has been an unbelievable experience. From the remote jungles of Sarapiqui to the stunning peaks of Monteverde, Costa Rica has inspired us to explore and learn at every turn.
Jean-Luc Brédas
June 13, 2019
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has selected Jean-Luc Bredas to receive a Humboldt Research Award. The honor recognizes a researcher’s entire achievements to date. Recipients are academics whose fundamental discoveries, theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future.