The Approach Blog

December 13, 2013
If you wanted to learn to speak Chinese – really speak Chinese at a level that allowed you to converse with native speakers at a high level and conduct business in China – you’d have to go to China, right? Not necessarily, thanks to the work of some Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professors. They’re working to […]
Studying Chinese in Beijing, by way of Rensselaer
December 10, 2013
(Photo: John Killings / Rensselaer Union) The princesses on campus last weekend weren’t waiting around in a tower to be rescued by a prince. They weren’t tripping over their own glass slippers on the way home from a fancy ball. And they certainly weren’t sleeping, waiting for a magical kiss to wake them. These princesses — […]
A New Kind of Princess
November 14, 2013
(We’ve been following Daniel Angerhausen, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, in his quest to conduct research aboard NASA’s flying observatory, SOFIA. From anticipation in April, to disappointment in May, we are pleased to at last report success and joy. Congratulations Daniel!) “So I spent the night at 42,000 feet on a billion […]
My Night With SOFIA
November 12, 2013
I grew up in Schenectady and as a kid one of my favorite Electric City excursions was a trip to the science museum and, even better, the planetarium it contained. I have fond memories of snuggling into the reclining planetarium chairs and watching as stars, planets and constellations were pointed out, visiting the museum’s optical […]
Archies reImagining miSci
October 30, 2013
Fractals — endlessly repeating patterns that are self-similar at different scales and are found throughout nature (see: seashells, trees, leaves, and the Romanesco broccoli above) — also frequently appear in design in Africa, from fabric to buildings to entire villages, as Rensselaer Science and Technology Studies professor Ron Eglash explained in his fascinating 2007 TED […]
TED Talk: Rensselaer Professor’s African Fractals Inspire African Architecture



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