Archive for the ‘Rotator’ Category

Molecular “hats” allow in vivo activation of disguised signaling peptides

December 15, 2014 -- Using molecular "hats," researchers have developed a way to sneak biomaterials containing the signaling molecules into living animals. When the disguised peptides are needed to launch biological processes, the researchers shine ultraviolet light onto the molecules through the skin, causing the “hat” structures to come off.

Carbon soot particles, dust blamed for discoloring India’s Taj Mahal

December 10, 2014 -- The Taj Mahal’s iconic marble dome and soaring minarets require regular cleaning to maintain their dazzling appearance, and scientists now know why. Researchers from the United States and India are pointing the finger at airborne carbon particles and dust for giving the gleaming white landmark a brownish cast.

Smaller lidars could allow UAVs to conduct underwater scans

December 3, 2014 -- Researchers from the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have designed a new approach that could lead to bathymetric lidars that are much smaller and more efficient than the current full-size systems. The new technology would let modest-sized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) carry bathymetric lidars, lowering costs substantially.

Army collaboration produces new test station for missile warning system

October 22, 2014 -- Collaboration between the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and the Army Reprogramming Analysis Team (ARAT) has led to development of a new integrated support station (ISS) for testing software used in the Army's aircraft missile warning systems.

Researchers develop world’s thinnest electric generator

October 15, 2014 -- Researchers have reported the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), resulting in a unique electric generator and mechanosensation devices that are optically transparent, extremely light, and very bendable and stretchable.

Snakes and snake-like robots show how sidewinders conquer sandy slopes

October 9, 2014 -- Researchers report that sidewinder snakes improve their ability to traverse sandy slopes by simply increasing the amount of their body area in contact with the granular surfaces they’re climbing. The information could help search-and-rescue robots traverse such sandy environments.

Automated imaging system looks underground to help improve crops

October 9, 2014 -- Researchers have developed an automated imaging technique for measuring and analyzing the root systems of mature plants. The work could help plant scientists improve food crops to help meet the needs of a growing world population.

Crowdsourcing could lead to better water in rural India

September 17, 2014 -- A research team from three continents is evaluating a novel environmental crowdsourcing technique for monitoring water quality in India. The technique relies on 53-cent test kits and the nation’s ubiquitous mobile phone service.

One-minute point-of-care anemia test shows promise in new study

September 12, 2014 -- A simple point-of-care testing device for anemia could provide more rapid diagnosis of the common blood disorder and allow inexpensive at-home self-monitoring of persons with chronic forms of the disease.

Platelet-Like Particles Augment Natural Blood Clotting for Treating Trauma

September 7, 2014 -- A new class of synthetic platelet-like particles could augment natural blood clotting for the emergency treatment of traumatic injuries – and potentially offer doctors a new option for curbing surgical bleeding and addressing certain blood clotting disorders without the need for transfusions of natural platelets.