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August 7, 2014
A group of middle school students from the Greater Amsterdam School District got a taste of college life as part of a program offered by the Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education this summer. The students spent a week on campus learning how to build and program robots and working together to put their robots […]
Middle schoolers master robotics at Rensselaer
July 28, 2014
Great communication about science neatly and elegantly explains immensely complex concepts (think: Neil DeGrasse Tyson at his best) in language that non-scientists can understand and relate to. Great communication about science is also really difficult to do. Science is messy, complex concepts are interconnected, and knowledge is constantly growing and changing. The nature of a […]
July 25, 2014
Rensselaer researcher Carlos Varela has developed a computer system that detects and corrects faulty airspeed readings, such as those that contributed to the 2009 crash of Air France flight 447. Their approach to detecting errors could make autopilot systems safer and could also be applicable in many systems that rely on sensor readings. Varela spoke […]
July 22, 2014
On Thursday, July 24, Wiseman and fellow Astronaut Steve Swanson will be speaking live with the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee from the International Space Station. Watch the conversation live at 11 a.m. or follow it on twitter using the hashtag #LiveFromSpace. In just 140 characters NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman is bringing his 167,000 […]
Sharing an out-of-this-world experience 140 characters at a time
June 23, 2014
  (Rensselaer doctoral candidate Andrew Zonenberg explains how his research led him to create the “world’s smallest comic strip” by using focused a ion beam to carve the drawings onto a strand of his girlfriend’s hair in this great guest post.) As a doctoral candidate — working in with Professor Bülent Yener, director of the Data Science Research […]
World’s Smallest Comic Strip  (Etched on a Strand of Human Hair)

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