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To uncover the entire structure of carbohydrate biopolymers, Robert Linhardt and his team borrowed a technique from the field of protein research called the proteomics top-down approach. As opposed to the bottom-up approach that first breaks apart a complex biopolymer into pieces and then rebuilds it piece by piece like a jigsaw puzzle, the top-down approach used by Linhardt and colleagues allows the researcher to picture the whole intact puzzle. In other work, Linhardt worked with researchers on a new method to build heparin. Read more.

High Performance Computing
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A new system planned for the Rensselaer supercomputing center will enable exciting new research possibilities across the nation and boost the university's international leadership in computational modeling and simulation, data science, high-performance computing, and web science.

The new system is funded by a $2.65 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and with additional support from Rensselaer and its Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI). Read more.

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Graphene Foam Detects Explosives, Emissions Better Than Today’s Gas Sensors
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A new study demonstrates how graphene foam can outperform gas sensors in detecting potentially dangerous and explosive chemicals.

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Graphene Foam Detects Explosives, Emissions Better Than Today’s Gas Sensors
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Minority Rules
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Scientists have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society.

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Minority Rules
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Researchers Draw Insights From the Aftermath of September 11
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Rensselaer researchers study infrastructure interdependence, donation logistics, and debris removal.

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Researchers Draw Insights From the Aftermath of September 11
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Rensselaer Engineers Cook Promising New Heat-Harvesting Nanomaterials in Microwave Oven

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Researchers have developed new nanomaterials for capturing and putting waste heat to work.

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Rensselaer Engineers Cook Promising New Heat-Harvesting Nanomaterials in Microwave Oven
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