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The Approach features the innovative ideas, creative endeavors, and research discoveries of students and faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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March 9, 2012
Since my early days studying complex organic molecules in college to today as I sort through myriad sources of information on news websites, blogs, and elsewhere,  I have often forced myself to step back and examine the “big picture” to obtain a better understanding of an important topic. A recent lecture on climate change here [...]
March 5, 2012
Kim Lewis is a professor in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, who recently received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award. We ask Kim about her work: Q: Your research has a strong focus in molecular and nano electronics. Why are you interested in helping perfect these mini machines? A: I strongly believe that [...]
February 27, 2012
Ever wonder what would happen if you attached video cameras to a weather balloon, hit “record,” and then launched it up, up and away? Some engineering students here at Rensselaer were wondering the same thing, so they tried it. They found their answer, and it’s captured in the above video. Now, this is not necessarily [...]
February 16, 2012
In the short video above an adorable little monkey is eating marshmallows. What is exceptional about this little monkey is not his love of sticky sweets, but the way he is grabbing them. This particular monkey has tiny, freckle-sized sensors in its brain. The electrical signals from these sensors are allowing the monkey to control [...]
February 9, 2012
Ryan Gilbert is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, who recently received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award. We ask Ryan about his work: Q: You’re endeavoring to create new biomaterials that can be used to treat spinal injuries. How did you get interested in this topic? A: At Case Western Reserve University, my [...]

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