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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Tapping into innovation

Through a new effort called the Technology Acceleration Program (TAP), Missouri S&T is providing seed money for commercially viable research projects in an attempt to move technology out of the laboratory and into the marketplace. It’s doing so by reinvesting the university’s earnings from patents.

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Wiimote manufacturing

Ming Leu, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T, is using remote-control devices from the popular Wii gaming console and putting them to work to improve manufacturing processes. He’s using the devices — called Wiimotes — to record an assembly process in hopes of improving the way companies train workers, shortening cycle time, reducing workplace injuries and helping manufacturers improve the way they communicate with plants all over the globe.

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