A parallel process to boost solar power

The usual method of connecting solar panels is in a series, one after the other. But just as one bad bulb in a string of Christmas lights can black out the entire set, so can a single solar panel disrupt the flow of electrical current through the other panels in a series.

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Robovision, now in 3-D

Soldiers and first responders may soon have a better way to evaluate the interior of dangerous structures, thanks to a joint project between Missouri S&T and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Geology of the Nile

In January, a group of Missouri S&T students and faculty traveled to Egypt to study geologic formations surrounding the Egyptian Nile, painting a picture of the evolutionary history of the past 6 million years.

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Blue gem, greener fuel

Sapphire, a brilliant blue gemstone most familiar in jewelry, may soon play an important part in making coal a cleaner fuel source.

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What happened in Vegas …

While organized crime weaves its way into Hollywood’s versions of Las Vegas, the extent of the mob’s actual involvement in the conception and development of the city is debatable.

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How many daze? There’s an app for that

Wondering how long it is until the next St. Pat’s Celebration? There’s an app for that.

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Your house on drugs

When authorities discover a “meth house,” they decontaminate it by removing chemicals, ripping out carpeting, cleaning walls, and airing the place out for a few days. But Glenn Morrison, an associate professor of environmental engineering, wonders if the decontamination methods are sufficient to protect future occupants from exposure to methamphetamine and other chemicals.

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A new kind of farmer’s market

While Congress ponders the merits of cap-and-trade legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, companies nationwide are scrambling to figure out how to cash in on the process. But smaller family farms could become lost in the convoluted maze of carbon credit markets. That’s where the work of Sarah Seigfreid, EnvE’09, can help.

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Going viral for good health

Working with atomic-scale particles known as quantum dots, Missouri S&T biologist Yue-Wern Huang hopes to develop a new and better way to deliver and monitor proteins, medicine, DNA and other molecules at the cellular level. The approach would work much like a virus, but would deliver healing instead of sickness.

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The future of solar: cleaner process, better cells

Future innovations in solar energy could be percolating in at least two Missouri S&T labs, where researchers Lifeng Zhang and Jay A. Switzer are working on separate projects.

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