Georgia Tech scientists aren’t content with just making discoveries, they want to contribute to the community as well. That’s why this summer, Tonya Shearer, research scientist in the School of Biology, opened the Discover Science Center (DSC), a science enrichment lab serving the metro-Atlanta area.
Researchers from Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon, Oregon State University, and Zoo Atlanta report that sidewinders improve their ability to traverse sandy slopes by simply increasing the amount of their body area in contact with the granular surfaces they’re climbing. They've put that knowledge to work helping a snake-like robot.
Highlighting unexpected similarities between what animals do and what people are trying to do is a new strategy Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are using to hopefully increase public awareness about animals and encourage conservation. They’ve created an iPhone app based on biologically inspired design, highlighting two dozen species that have helped engineers solve problems or invent new solutions.
Researchers have developed an automated imaging technique for measuring and analyzing the root systems of mature plants. The work could help plant scientists improve food crops to help meet the needs of a growing world population.
A group of researchers including Chong Shin, an assistant professor in the School of Biology and Christoph Fahrni, a professor in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech conducted a study to visualize the distribution of transition metals in the zebrafish embryo by employing synchrotron X-ray fluorescence (SXRF) microtomography.
Dr. Marc Weissburg Professor of Biology, along with a team of multidisciplinary investigators have been awarded $2.5 million dollar grant to develop approaches for sustainable and resilient infrastructure. A key feature of the plan is to use, and compare, ecological and engineering approaches and principles for increasing cycling, reducing waste, and maintaining function in the face of perturbation. The team will examine complex interactions between infrastructure (e.g. water, transportation and energy systems) that traditionally have been ignored.
The ability to accurately repair DNA damaged by spontaneous errors, oxidation or mutagens is crucial to the survival of cells. This repair is normally accomplished by using an identical or homologous intact sequence of DNA, but scientists have now shown that RNA produced within cells of a common budding yeast can serve as a template for repairing the most devastating DNA damage – a break in both strands of a DNA helix.