As Earth warmed, ancient rainforests thrived

While environmental theorists speculate that rainforests could be destroyed by rapid global warming, two scientists with ties to Missouri S&T believe otherwise. In the November issue of the journal Science, the researchers report that tropical rain forests thrived during a period of global warming almost 60 million years ago.

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A concrete way to help the environment

If Jeffery Volz has his way, millions of tons of fly ash will be diverted away from ponds and landfills and into the nation’s infrastructure. Volz, assistant professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, plans to use the stuff — the fine particles that rise with flue gases during combustion — as an additive in concrete.

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Shock and awe: in stereo

Sixty-four loudspeakers hang from a truss system and 80-hertz subwoofers shake the ground, blasting the sounds of combat inside a non-descript, soundproof building on the south side of Rolla.

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Mining on the moon — far out

Leslie Gertsch became fascinated with the moon while watching Apollo astronauts collect lunar rocks on a black- and-white television in her family’s Ohio farm house. More recently, she was paying close attention when NASA blasted a hole in the moon’s surface, where more water than expected was discovered.

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Skin cancer detection made easier

Detection of malignant melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will soon be quicker and easier thanks to a group of S&T researchers led by Randy Moss, a professor of electrical and computer engineering.

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Battlebots, tiny-sized

In the robotic competition known as Battlebots, hefty machines the size of blood hounds use buzz saws and other weaponry to duke it out in an arena.

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Improving dental restoration

Oral surgeons may one day have an easier, less costly approach to one important aspect of dental restoration if a newly patented process developed at Missouri S&T takes hold.

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Faster repairs for IED-damaged roads

It’s tough to keep supply routes open in Afghanistan and Iraq when people are intent on setting off improvised explosive devices on the roads.

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Clean water for Bolivia

Two groups of S&T students traveled to Bolivia this summer to help bring sustainable, clean water to two villages.

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Bettis among NASA’s best

Benjamin Bettis, AE’09, a doctoral student in mechanical and aerospace engineering, was awarded a 2010 NASA Aeronautics Graduate Fellowship.

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