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  • 2018 Black History Month

    February is Black History Month, a special time set aside to celebrate the contributions of African Americans.

    College of Sciences site, Feb 20, 2018

  • Asteroids May Show How Life on Earth Began with 'Time Capsule' Molecules

    Was life on Earth carried in an asteroid? That's the question being examined by the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry's Nicholas Hud, who believes molecules within asteroids act as a time capsule that can help scientists piece together how compounds formed before life began. Understanding the intricacies of these molecules can help researchers get a better glimpse into the progression of life. 

    Newsweek, Feb 18, 2018

  • In a surprising study, scientists say everyday chemicals now rival cars as a source of air pollution

    When you walk outside, you might be breathing in more than just car emissions. The good news: car emissions have decreased significantly. The bad news: everyday chemicals now rival cars as a source of air pollution. A new study found that indoor chemical products can, in outdoor air, contribute to ozone or even dangerous small-particulate pollution. School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences' Sally Ng praised the study: "I think this is a comprehensive study," she said. "[P]revious source apportionment studies have understimated volatile chemical product emissions as sources of urban VOCs."

    The Washington Post, Feb 15, 2018

  • Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate

    The latest discovery from Georgia Tech physicists may seem like something straight out of Black Mirror. But don't worry, it's not that sinister. School of Physics' Dan Goldman worked with School of Computer Science's Dana Randall  and doctoral student William Savoie to develop an algorithm that orders simple robots to "swarm," or move in complex ways as a group. Imagine the birth of the supervillain Sandman in Spider-Man 3, from loose grains of sand skittering across the desert and then congealing into the shape of a human. The possiblities for these "smarticles" are endless. This story has been reproduced in Scientific American.

    Quanta Magazine, Feb 14, 2018

  • Good golly, miss molly!

    Named after the Amazons of Greek myth, the Molly is a small freshwater fish that is challenging the established belief that asexual vertebrates are not viable long term. Each daughter is essentially a clone of her mother. Yet the Molly is thriving, perhaps for 10,000 years. Pedram Samani, an evolutionary geneticist and  postdoctoral researcher in the School of Biological Sciences, comments on the research in Nature Ecology & Evolution. His comments are echoed by Cosmos Magazine.

    Cosmos, Feb 13, 2018