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  • Global Warming Cooks Up 'a Different World' Over 3 Decades

    We were warned. On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn't approaching — it had already arrived....Thirty years later, it's clear that Hansen and other doomsayers were right. But the change has been so sweeping that it is easy to lose sight of effects large and small — some obvious, others less conspicuous.… "It would take centuries to a millennium to accomplish that kind of change with natural causes. This, in that context, is a dizzying pace," said Kim Cobb, a climate scientist at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, a professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.   

    The New York Times, Jun 18, 2018

  • Team spots new quantum property at frigid temp

    Scientists have spotted a theorized—but never-before detected—property of quantum matter in the lab. The team proved that a particular quantum material can demonstrate electrical dipole fluctuations—irregular oscillations of tiny charged poles on the material—even in extremely cold conditions, in the neighborhood of minus 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The story is based on a Science paper, coauthored by School of Physics Assistant Professor Martin Mourigal.

    Futurity, Jun 12, 2018

  • Yes, airplanes are germy - but not more so than your house or office, study says

    Airplanes have a bad rep for being disease incubators. Passengers have been advised to pick window seats and turn on their overhead air vent to avoid catching germs, while some even wear surgical masks during flights. But planes aren’t necessarily more germ-ridden as other places we spend our time, according to a recent study. One of the study's authors is School of Mathematics Professor Howie Weiss. 

    Mic, Jun 8, 2018

  • Airplane germs are 'no worse' than those found in offices and homes, researchers say

    Germaphobes who are wary of airplanes may find some relief in knowing that aircraft are no 'dirtier' than everyday spaces, according to a new study. "There were reasons to believe that the communities of bacteria in an aircraft cabin might be different from those in other parts of the built environment, so it surprised me that what we found was very similar to what other researchers have found in homes and offices," said Howard Weiss, a professor in Georgia Tech's School of Mathematics and the study's corresponding author.

    Daily Mail, Jun 7, 2018

  • 10 Keys to an Engaging Scientific Presentation

    Will Ratcliff's tips for successful scientific presentations are endorsed by the American Chemical Society. Will Ratcliff is an assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences. One of his research interests is discovering mechanisms by which single-cell organisms evolve into multicellular ones. 

    ACS Axial, Jun 5, 2018