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President Obama Announces Winner of New Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions

June 21, 2016 - President Obama announced a $70M million federal award to the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, an industry-led national non-profit, to create a nationwide Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Rensselaer will lead the Northeast.

A New Approach To Building Efficient Thermoelectric Nanomaterials

June 16, 2016 - A team of researchers has found a new path to large improvements in the efficiency of materials for solid-state heating and cooling and waste energy recapture. 

Historic Fossils Find New Life Telling the Story of Ancient Proteins

June 15, 2016 - A few snippets of protein extracted from the fossil of an extinct species of giant beaver are opening a new door in paleoproteomics, the study of ancient proteins. 

Creator of Darkest Material on Earth Honored by IEEE

June 9, 2016 - Nanophotonics expert and physics professor Shawn-Yu Lin will receive a 2016 IEEE award for his role in discovering the darkest nano-material on Earth.

Discovery of Rules for CRISPR Advance Metabolic Engineering

May 12, 2016 - Discovery of rules that govern a variation of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing method makes it possible to use living cells to manufacture valuable metabolic compounds like pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. 

Exploring Phosphorene, A Promising New Material

April 28, 2016 - Researchers have developed a new method to quickly and accurately determine that of phosphorene, a promising new material with potential application in semiconductor transistors. 

Rensselaer Professor Lirong Xia Named One of “AI’s 10 to Watch”

April 21, 2016 - Lirong Xia, a computer scientist whose research focuses on “social choice” – the analysis of individual preferences used to reach collective decisions or social objectives – has been recognized by IEEE Intelligent Systems magazine as one of “AI’s 10 to Watch.” 

The Mechanics of Biofilms – Sacrifice of the Few for the Benefit of the Many

April 7, 2016 - Suicide allows bacteria found in opportunistic infections to create an antibiotic tolerant biofilm, according to a team including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Using Magnetic Forces To Control Neurons, Study Finds the Brain Plays Key Role in Glucose Metabolism

April 4, 2016 - A new method to control the activity of neurons in mice, devised by scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and Rockefeller University, uses magnetic forces to remotely control the flow of ions into specifically targeted cells. 

Rensselaer Professors To Be Inducted Into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

March 29, 2016 - Five members of the Rensselaer faculty have been selected for induction into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

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