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Columbia Engineers Invent Method to Control Light Propagation in Waveguides

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Columbia Engineering Professor Nanfang Yu has invented a method to control light propagating in confined pathways, or waveguides, with high efficiency by using nano-antennas. He built photonic integrated devices that had record-small footprints and were also able to maintain optimal performance over an unprecedented broad wavelength range. His method could lead to faster, more powerful, and more efficient optical chips, which in turn could transform optical communications and optical signal processing. (Nature Nanotechnology 4/17)

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Ernest J. Moniz, Former Secretary of Energy, to Serve as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2017 Commencement Speaker

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Troy, N.Y. – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson has announced that the Honorable Ernest J. Moniz, former Secretary of Energy and the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems emeritus and Special Advisor to the President at MIT, as well as co-Chair and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, will address Rensselaer graduates on May 20, 2017, during the 211th Commencement Ceremony. Moniz will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Science at the ceremony.

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Building a Better Model of Human-Automation Interaction

People generally make decisions using two ways of thinking: They think consciously, deliberate for a while, and try to use logic to figure out what action to take – referred to as analytical cognition. Or people unconsciously recognize patterns in certain situations, get a "gut feeling," and take action based on that feeling; in other words, they use intuitive cognition.

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Student Develops Device to Improve Cattle Grazing, Partners with Aggie Innovation Space

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New Mexico State University Department of Animal and Range sciences junior Josiah Brooks is creating a feed intake device for cattle, and he is working with the Aggie Innovation Space to design and develop parts for a prototype.

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Advantage: Water

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When water comes in for a landing on the common catalyst titanium oxide, it splits into hydroxyls just under half the time. Water's oxygen and hydrogen atoms shift back and forth between existing as water or hydroxyls, and water has the slightest advantage, like the score in a highly competitive tennis game.

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Penn State Aerospace Engineer Wins Commission for Women Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award

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04/13/2017UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Susan Stewart, senior research associate and associate professor of aerospace engineering at Penn State, was recently named the recipient of the Penn State Commission for Women 2017 Rosemary Schraer Mentoring Award.

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Despite Relatively Less Distraction From Head-Up Displays, It’s Still a Bad Idea to Text While Driving

Advances in wearable technology offer new possibilities for in-vehicle interaction but also present new challenges for managing driver attention and regulating device use in vehicles.

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Non-Flammable Graphene Membrane Developed for Safe Mass Production

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University of Arkansas researchers have discovered a simple and scalable method for turning graphene oxide into a non-flammable and paper-like graphene membrane that can be used in large-scale production.

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Tunable Electric Eyeglasses Bend to the Will of the Wearer

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Engineers funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) have developed glasses with liquid-based lenses that “flex” to refocus on whatever the wearer is viewing.

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New SLAC Theory Institute Aims to Speed Research on Exotic Materials at Light Sources

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A new institute at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is using the power of theory to search for new types of materials that could revolutionize society – by making it possible, for instance, to transmit electricity over power lines with no loss.







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