Research Roundup


The latest scientific discoveries, straight from members of the University Research Magazine Association. The following is a selection of the most recent stories from URMA members’ magazines.

Barry Voight, professor emeritus of geology and geological engineering, Penn State, is among 84 new members and 22 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Engineering. [...]
Fri, Oct 20, 2017
Source: Research at Penn State
Desirable properties including increased electrical conductivity, improved mechanical properties, or magnetism for memory storage or information processing may be possible because of a theoretical method to control grain boundaries in two-dimensional materials, according to Penn State materials scientists. [...]
Thu, Oct 19, 2017
Source: Research at Penn State
HonorsChristopher Mulligan, CHE, was named to the 2017 Power List by Analytical Scientist magazine. Mulligan's inclusion in the Power List's Public Defenders category was based on his application of portable mass spectrometry technology and ambient ionization methods to benefit law enforcement activities. PublicationsNancy Lind, and Cara Rabe-Hemp recently edited a new [...]
Thu, Oct 19, 2017
Source: Illinois State University
image of Christopher Breu
Christopher Breu Professor Christopher Breu from the Department of English at Illinois State University will speak on the topic of “In Defense of Sex” at 4 p.m. Friday, November 3, at Moulton Hall, room 214. The colloquium is hosted by Illinois State's Department of Philosophy. Breu's speech will focus on re-positioning the [...]
Thu, Oct 19, 2017
Source: Illinois State University
Photo of BASE Spokesperson Stefan Ulmer working on the experiment
Through hard work, ingenuity and a little cooperation from nature, scientists on the BASE experiment vastly improved their measurement of a property of protons and antiprotons. Scientists at CERN are celebrating a recent, rare achievement in precision physics: Collaborators on the BASE experiment [...]
Thu, Oct 19, 2017
Source: Symmetry Magazine
A protein shaped like a "Y" makes scientists do a double-take and changes the way they think about a protein sometimes implicated in glaucoma. The Y is a centerpiece in myocilin, binding four other components called olfactomedins, or propellers, together like balloons on a string. The Y may also make [...]
Wed, Oct 18, 2017
Source: Georgia Tech Research Horizons
The post Leading Indicators – 2017 appeared first on Terra Magazine. [...]
Wed, Oct 18, 2017
Source: Oregon State University – Terra
Imagine Google Earth with only the street view and a far-away satellite view but not much of a map view. Brain imaging, for the most part, has been missing just that, and a lot of research on how the brain computes happens on that level. New imaging tackles this special [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Source: Georgia Tech Research Horizons
Illustration: Neutron star merger seen in gravity and matter
For the first time, experiments have seen both light and gravitational waves released by a single celestial crash. Today scientists announced the first verified observation of a neutron star collision. LIGO detected gravitational waves radiating from two neutron stars as they circled and [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Source: Symmetry Magazine
Majorana detection
The figure shows a schematic of the experiment. A magnetized scanning tunneling microscope tip was used to probe the spin property of the quantum wave function of the Majorana fermion at the end of a chain of iron atoms on the surface of a superconductor made of lead. Image courtesy [...]
Thu, Oct 12, 2017
Source: Research at Princeton