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Rensselaer Team Is Finalist in $2.5 Million Amazon Alexa Prize

November 30, 2016 - A team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been selected by Amazon to receive sponsorship for competing in the inaugural $2.5 million Amazon Alexa Prize competition. 

The Ancient Atmosphere and Carbon and Nitrogen in the Earth’s Crust

November 28, 2016 - Carbon and nitrogen are central to life on Earth – life cannot exist without them, but an overabundance in the atmosphere imperils the life we have. 

Road Salt “Masculinizes” Frogs

November 22, 2016 - Naturally occurring chemicals found in de-icing road salts can alter the sex ratios in nearby frog populations, a phenomenon that could reduce the size and viability of species populations, according to a new study by scientists at Yale and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Ten Years In - The Science of the World Wide Web

November 15, 2016 - We can look at the World Wide Web from the perspective of mathematics through network science, or the perspective of infrastructure through computer science; but to truly understand the interactions between technology and society found on the web, we need web science. 

Making Old Bones New Again – From Rensselaer to King’s College

November 14, 2016 - The director of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) will deliver the inaugural address today in a lecture series at King’s College London that honors a pillar of the biomaterials community.

Central Intelligence Agency Director John O. Brennan Addresses Rensselaer Audience

November 9, 2016 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted John O. Brennan, director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), for a conversation on “Technological Change and National Security” with Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson on Friday, November 4.

Global NY Foreign Direct Investment Road Show Visits Rensselaer

November 9, 2016 - On Nov. 3, representatives from 25 foreign countries and territories toured business and academic locations in the Capital Region—including Rensselaer Polytechnic Insitute—as part of an initiative to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) to New York state.

A Game-Changing Approach: Using the X-Box Kinect as a Sensor to Conduct Centrifuge Research

November 8, 2016 - A team of Rensselaer researchers used the Kinect device to replace expensive sensors on its geotechnical centrifuge to better (and more economically) understand how levees fail when overtopped by large floods. 

Communicating With Light

November 3, 2016 - Visible Light Communication (VLC) is emerging as a potential broadband transmission technology that may offer an unlimited bandwidth spectrum for high-quality wireless services. The Center for Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications at Rensselaer has developed the world’s first high-speed visible-light transmission link with a fully integrated microchip receiver.  

National Science Foundation Supports Completion of The Jefferson Project at Lake George Sensor Network

November 1, 2016 - With support from the National Science Foundation, The Jefferson Project at Lake George is poised to complete the most powerful aquatic monitoring sensor network in existence.