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March 24, 2015

Spring is inevitable. And while ice still caps Lake George, data about the water beneath has been flowing into the Jefferson Project at Lake George throughout the cold, long winter. The winter has been a time for testing, de-bugging, and anticipation, as researchers begin working with a network of sensor platforms installed in the waning […]

Linking the Lake – The Jefferson Project at Lake George
March 11, 2015
A quick congratulations to RPISEC, the “resident computer security club and CTF team” at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Club president Markus Gaasedelen, a computer science student, confirmed a report that popped up on RPI Reddit claiming a top place finish in the 12th Information Security Talent Search, as organized and hosted by Rochester Institute of Technology’s […]
“Crushing it” w/ RPISEC
February 28, 2015
Ring any bells? Readers of the Approach may remember a 2014 post on the Image-Based Ecological Information System, or IBEIS, an experimental software tool that can identify individual animals pictured in the thousands of ordinary photos taken by tourists in game parks such as Yellowstone National Park, Amboseli National Park in Kenya, or the Galapagos Islands […]
IBEIS – The Great Zebra and Giraffe Count
February 6, 2015
(In this guest post, School of Science Ambassadors Heili Springsteen (a sophomore mathematics student) and Jeremy Amdur (a sophomore chemistry student) share their experiences — and a few images — from their work visiting area middle and high schools to promote interest in science.) Looking back at middle school and high school, most of us […]
Science Ambassadors: Bioluminescence, Frozen, and The Golden Ratio
January 20, 2015
Rensselaer Professor Karyn Rogers wrote this guest post while cruising at 30,000 feet aboard a Boeing 737 on a flight from Albany to Managua, Nicaragua. After landing, hopefully without delay or lost luggage, she will travel to the colonial city of Leon, jumping off point for the expedition to the Cerro Negro volcano (pictured above) […]
An Expedition to Mars (as played by a Central American volcano)



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