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.

HomeLab Hits Milestone with Participants, Partnerships

December 13, 2013 — The HomeLab initiative expands Georgia Tech’s product evaluation capabilities in testing health, wellness, and aging-at-home technologies. HomeLab participants test and use these technologies in their homes, assisting manufacturers in design and usability.

Graphene-Based Nano-Antennas May Enable Networks of Tiny Machines

December 12, 2013 — Researchers are taking advantage of the unique properties of graphene to design tiny antennas that may open the possibility for networks of nanometer-scale machines. Graphene could generate a type of electronic surface wave that would allow antennas just one micron long and 10 to 100 nanometers wide to do the work of much larger antennas.