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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An eco-challenge for engineers

A student team from Missouri S&T has three years to design the best eco-friendly car in North America.

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S&T students take second in Metcalf and Eddy

A five-student team from Missouri S&T took second place in the
national finals of the Metcalf and Eddy Academic Design Contest held in
New York in May. This is the first time Missouri S&T has
participated in the competition.

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