An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is collaborating with Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development, part of the theme-park design and development arm of the Walt Disney Co.
Just as the invention of nonstick pans was a boon for chefs, a new type of nanoscale surface that bacteria can't stick to holds promise for applications in the food processing, medical, and even shipping industries. The technology was developed collaboratively by researchers from Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
The relatively recent discovery of graphene, a two-dimensional layered material with unusual and attractive electronic, optical, and thermal properties, led scientists to search for other atomically thin materials with unique properties. Few-layer molybdenum disulfide devices were tested by Rensselaer researchers collaborating with engineers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Student Team Creates ‘PiBot’ Paste 3-D Printer
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Students Nicholas Nord, Hiroki Sawai, and Lauren Famularo were among the teams who took up the challenge from their instructors to build a paste-extruding printer.
“There is. . . a simple psychological effect,” [Mariana] Figueiro says “—sitting in a brightly lit room can act like a dose of caffeine, helping to cope with a post-lunch dip, for example.” She is currently working with Sweden’s Energy Agency to develop a “healthy home” that regulates light for each individual through a mobile phone app that calculates the needs of the circadian system throughout the day.
Neuromorphic processors leading a new double life
To work toward better supercomputer designs for the future, a team of researchers at the Rensselaer led by Christopher Carothers, director of the Institute’s Center for Computational Innovations, described for The Platform how True North architecture is finding a new life as a lightweight snap-in on each node that can take in sensor data from the many components that are prone to failure inside.
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“The amazing thing about EMPAC is that any artist from any discipline can use any space. We don’t just say, ‘OK, only the musicians and composers can use the concert hall.’ Everything we do is project-driven.” —Victoria Brooks, curator for time-based visual arts at EMPAC