New Solar Car Concept Shines at Electronics, Cars Shows

January 15, 2014 – Ford Motor Company, in collaboration with Georgia Tech, debuted a new solar car concept earlier this month at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas. The car is continuing its media tour this week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

New Patent Mapping System Helps Find Innovation Pathways

January 14, 2014 — A new patent mapping system that considers how patents cite one another may help researchers better understand the relationships between technologies – and how they may come together to spur disruptive new areas of innovation.

Department of Energy Awards Contract to Detect Cyber Attacks on Utilities

January 13, 2014 — Today’s cyber attacks aren’t just a threat to computer networks. Those with malicious intent can disrupt important infrastructure systems such as utilities and power grids. To counter this threat, the Department of Energy has awarded the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) $1.7 million to help detect cyber attacks on our nation’s utility companies.

High Levels of Molecular Chlorine Found in Arctic Atmosphere

January 13, 2014 – Scientists studying the atmosphere above Barrow, Alaska, have discovered unprecedented levels of molecular chlorine in the air, a new study reports. The study is the first time that molecular chlorine has been measured in the Arctic, and the first time that scientists have documented such high levels of molecular chlorine in the atmosphere.

Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium Awarded $3.5M to Assist Commercialization of Medical Devices for Children

January 10, 2013 – The Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium has been awarded $3.5 million over five years by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to assist scientists, clinicians and entrepreneurs in bringing medical devices for children to the market with greater efficiency.

Chemical Warfare on Coral Reefs: Suppressing a Competitor Enhances Susceptibility to a Predator

January 9, 2014 — Competition may have a high cost for at least one species of tropical seaweed. Researchers examining the chemical warfare taking place on Fijian coral reefs have found that one species of seaweed increases its production of noxious anti-coral compounds when placed into contact with reef-building corals, but at the same time becomes more attractive to herbivorous fish.

Imaging Technology Could Unlock Mysteries of a Childhood Disease

December 30, 2013 — A new technique for studying the structure of the childhood RSV virus and its activity in living cells could help researchers unlock the secrets of the virus, including how it enters cells, how it replicates, and perhaps why certain lung cells escape the infection relatively unscathed.

New Study Brings Scientists Closer to the Origin of RNA

December 23, 2013 – One of the biggest questions in science is how life arose from the chemical soup that existed on early Earth. One theory is that RNA, a close relative of DNA, was the first genetic molecule to arise around 4 billion years ago, but in a primitive form that later evolved into the RNA and DNA molecules that we have in life today. New research shows one way this chain of events might have started.

Scientists Anticipated Size and Location of 2012 Costa Rica Earthquake

December 23, 2013 – Scientists using GPS to study changes in the Earth’s shape accurately forecasted the size and location of the magnitude 7.6 Nicoya earthquake that occurred in 2012 in Costa Rica.

Observatory Catches Neutrinos in a South Pole Block of Ice

December 17, 2013 — The IceCube Neutrino Observatory is helping unravel one of the key scientific mysteries. Using a kilometer cube of solid ice located at the South Pole, the facility is searching for cosmic visitors — neutrino particles from space.