NASA has announced that School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Thomas Orlando’s team – Radiation Effect on Volatiles and Exploration of Asteroids and Lunar Surfaces (REVEALS) – is one of four chosen by the space agency for inclusion in SSERVI – the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute.
Will we even ever know if a flapping butterfly wing can trigger a tornado a continent away? Chaos theory says calculating and predicting turbulence must be impossible. But physicists are latching onto turbulent patterns with digital optics and math, and their resulting forecasts closely jibe with actual turbulent flows. Their work offers possible paths into growing mounds of weather and climate data to make better use of them.
PickAR includes a headset that uses augmented reality technology to overlay picking information so warehouses can find and process orders more efficiently The invention is one of six competing for the 2017 Georgia Tech InVenture Prize. The winner will be announced Wednesday night.
Researchers show that a black hole can rapidly grow at the center of its host galaxy if a nearby galaxy emits enough radiation to switch off its capacity to form stars. Thus disabled, the host galaxy grows until its eventual collapse, forming a black hole that feeds on the remaining gas, and later, dust, dying stars, and possibly other black holes, to become super gigantic. This could explain how the first supermassive black holes grew so quickly.