Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems

Screen time can mess with the body's 'clock'

For a good night’s sleep, here is some expert advice: Turn off, turn in and drop off. Anyone who does the opposite — say, turning on an iPad or other similar electronic reader in bed — may have a harder time both dropping off to sleep and shaking that groggy feeling the next morning. That’s the conclusion of a new study. Lighting scientist Mariana Figueiro calls the study thorough. She also finds its results unsurprising. Her research has shown that spending even two hours on an iPad before bedtime can cut down the brain’s release of melatonin.

Overreaction or justified caution? New Yorkers question city's storm response

José Holguín-Veras, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, said the response had been “on the cautious side”, but said that while putting the city effectively under house arrest might sound extreme, it was part of a calculation of risk. “What is worse: being cautious, or being quote-unquote optimistic and praying nothing bad will happen?” he said.

How I Became a NASA Engineer Despite My Disability

"I entered college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a computer science major but decided on mechanical engineering since I liked to work with my hands. I had two internships that helped shape my career. The first was with Benét Laboratories, a research and development company known for manufacturing cannons and mortars, located in Watervliet, New York. The most memorable projects I worked on involved testing the safety and efficacy of the cannons the company manufactured."

Artificial Pancreas Clinical Trial Enabled by NIH Grant

An artificial pancreas, the ultimate cure for type 1 diabetes, will be tested in clinical trials as a result of a $1 million National Institutes of Health Grant awarded to Dr. B. Wayne Bequette of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to fund research concerning his closed-loop artificial pancreas developed along with colleagues at Stanford University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Virginia. Frequent insulin injections and blood samples may be a thing of the past for recipients of the device.



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