The hunt for household hazards

Many researchers believe the air inside your home can be more hazardous to your health than the smog and other environmental pollutants you are exposed to outside, says Jon McKinney, a junior in environmental engineering at Missouri S&T.

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Underwater wi-fi

The same acoustic waves that dolphins and whales use to communicate when they’re thousands of miles apart can be used by humans to transmit information wirelessly, says Rosa Zheng, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Missouri S&T.

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Uncovering a mobster’s human side

He was a notorious mobster and killer, but Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was also an affectionate father and a charming ladies’ man, says Amanda Kamps, a senior in history at Missouri S&T.

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Saving the world with green slime

Several glass containers filled with algae-stained water sit on a table in Paul Nam’s laboratory. Next to the big green bottles are two much smaller vials. One of the vials, labeled “biodiesel,” contains a mostly clear solution labeled “algae oil.”

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This is your grid on brains

Using thousands of brain cells from laboratory rats, S&T researchers hope to design a more intelligent power grid. They envision a more flexible system that can respond to uncertainty and circumstances – much like the brain itself.

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Sensing something wrong with structures

Using a newly patented sensor system, engineers will be able to measure structural damage to bridges and buildings following an earthquake.

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A free-wheeling solution to poverty

Pearl millet, a hardy grain that is abundant in even the harshest regions of Africa and India, is a staple for many of the world’s poorest people. But removing the edible seed from the chaff is hard work. Traditional threshing techniques usually involve women pounding the plant with mortar and pestle.

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A lean, green manufacturing machine

When corporate America first started talking about lean manufacturing in the 1980s and 1990s, they were looking at ways to cut costs while maintaining customer satisfaction. These days, companies are also interested in portraying themselves as environmentally conscious, but are concerned about the costs associated with green initiatives.

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Building an energy superhighway

Missouri S&T researchers are part of a new effort that aims to transform the
nation’s power grid into an Internet of sorts for energy – a grid that will speed renewable electric-energy technologies into every home and business.

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Hydrogen: the hype and the hope

You probably won’t be able to drive down the highway in your own non-polluting vehicle that runs on hydrogen power any time soon. Nor will you be powering your whole house with hydrogen-based technology in the coming years. Someday soon, though, you might own a cell phone equipped with a hydrogen-powered fuel cell instead of a battery. The cell phone would come with an insert-ready hydrogen pack and a small solar array for charging.

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