Evolution of Life’s Operating System Revealed in Detail

June 30, 2014 - The evolution of the ribosome, a large molecular structure found in the cells of all species, has been revealed in unprecedented detail in a new study.

Stanley Miller’s Forgotten Experiments, Analyzed

June 25, 2014 - Stanley Miller, the chemist whose landmark experiment published in 1953 showed how some of the molecules of life could have formed on a young Earth, left behind boxes of experimental samples that he never analyzed. The first-ever analysis of some of Miller’s old samples has revealed another way that important molecules could have formed on early Earth.

Synthetic Aperture Sonar to Help Navy Hunt Sea Mines

June 18, 2014 - Since World War II, sea mines have damaged or sunk four times more U.S. Navy ships than all other means of attack combined, according to a Navy report on mine warfare. New sonar research being performed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) could improve the Navy’s ability to find sea mines deep under water.

Technology Square: Innovation Ecosystem Helps Draw AT&T and Other Corporations to Georgia Tech

Winter-Spring Research Horizons -- In August 2013, AT&T opened a Foundry development center in Technology Square, the fourth such product development center the company has opened. AT&T joined development groups for NCR, Panasonic and ThyssenKrupp, all of which wanted to be near Georgia Tech and its innovation ecosystem.

How Red Tide Knocks Out Its Competition

June 4, 2014 - New research reveals how the algae behind red tide thoroughly disables – but doesn’t kill – other species of algae. The study shows how chemical signaling between algae can trigger big changes in the marine ecosystem.

Gene Expression Signature Identifies Patients at Higher Risk for Cardiovascular Death

May 29, 2014 -- A study of 338 patients with coronary artery disease has identified a gene expression profile associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular death. Used with other indicators such as biochemical markers and family history, the profile – based on a simple blood test – may help identify patients who could benefit from personalized treatment and counseling designed to address risk factors.

Engineering a Better Way to Rebuild Bone Inside the Body

May 29, 2014 - A new technology under development at the Georgia Institute of Technology could one day provide more efficient delivery of the bone regenerating growth factors with greater accuracy and at a lower cost.

MINT Program Helps Pinpoint Threats Contained in Intelligence Data

May 21, 2014 -- Every day U.S. military and security units receive vast amounts of data collected by intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors. To aid this effort, researchers are helping to improve the capabilities of the nation’s Multi-Disciplinary Intelligence (Multi-INT) system, which monitors this incoming data.

Making Money from Lignin: Roadmap Shows How to Improve Lignocellulosic Biofuel Biorefining

May 15, 2014 - A new review article in the journal Science points the way toward a future where lignin is transformed from a waste product into valuable materials such as low-cost carbon fiber for cars or bio-based plastics. Using lignin in this way would create new markets for the forest products industry and make ethanol-to-fuel conversion more cost-effective.

Ovarian Cancer Cells Are More Aggressive On Soft Tissues

May 8, 2014 - When ovarian cancer spreads from the ovaries it almost always does so to a layer of fatty tissue that lines the gut. A new study has found that ovarian cancer cells are more aggressive on these soft tissues due to the mechanical properties of this environment. The finding is contrary to what is seen with other malignant cancer cells that seem to prefer stiffer tissues.