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Astrophysicists Use X-ray Fingerprints to Study Massive Black Holes

By studying the X-rays emitted when superheated gases plunge into distant and massive black holes, astrophysicists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have provided an important test of a long-standing theory that describes the extreme physics occurring when matter spirals into these massive objects.

Physical Biology Highlights of 2010

Adjunct Professor of Physics Joshua Weitz’s paper: Quantifying enzymatic lysis: estimating the combined effects of chemistry, physiology, and physics was one of these highlighted articles.

Heads Up, Robots: A Tiltable Head Could Improve the Ability of Undulating Robots to Navigate Disaster Debris

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology recently built a robot that can penetrate and “swim” through granular material.

A Tiltable Head Could Improve Robot Navigation of Disaster Debris

Researchers built a robot that can penetrate and "swim" through granular material. In this study, they show that by varying the shape of the robot's head or by tilting it up or down, they can control the robot's vertical movement in complex environments.

"Post-Shuttle Age: The Future of NASA": A Blended Research @ the Library panel discussion

"Post-Shuttle Age: The Future of NASA": A Blended Research @ the Library panel discussion

Swimming in the Sahara

Swimming in the Sahara

Scientists Finely Control Methane Combustion to Get Different Products

Scientists have discovered a method to control the gas-phase selective catalytic combustion of methane, so finely that if done at room temperature the reaction produces ethylene, while at lower temperatures it yields formaldehyde.

Supermassive black holes suck in surrounding materials

Supermassive black holes suck in surrounding materials

Physics Undergraduate Student Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Physics undergraduate student Holly Tinkey has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Physics Graduate Student Research Presented at GTRI Shackelford Showcase

Grahame Vittorini was one of 12 graduate students selected to present a poster of his research at the third annual GTRI Shackelford Showcase. His presentation was titled “Efficient Sympathetic Cooling of Trapped Ions in Planar Ion Traps.”

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