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Simple Robots, Smart Algorithms: Meet the BOBbots

Inspired by a theoretical model of particles moving around on a chessboard, new robot swarm research led by Georgia Tech shows that, as magnetic interactions increase, dispersed “dumb robots” can abruptly gather in large, compact clusters to accomplish complex tasks. Researchers report that these “BOBbots” (behaving, organizing, buzzing bots) are also capable of collectively clearing debris that is too heavy for one alone to move, thanks to a robust algorithm.

Georgia Tech’s Center for Teaching and Learning Honors Seven College of Sciences Faculty with Annual Teaching Awards

Seven faculty members from five schools in the College of Sciences are among those honored with annual Spring awards from Georgia Tech's Center for Teaching and Learning that celebrate innovation in teaching.

Research Papers on Estimating Covid-19 Risk at Events, Hidden Symmetries in Origami Capture Annual Sigma Xi Honors

Professors in the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Physics capture top annual honors from the Georgia Tech chapter of Sigma Xi scientific research society.

Julia Kubanek Named Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research

Julia Kubanek, professor of biological sciences and chemistry and biochemistry, and associate dean for Research in Georgia Tech’s College of Sciences, has been named vice president for Interdisciplinary Research, effective July 1.

40 College of Sciences Faculty Honored by Students in Class of 1934 CIOS Awards, CTL Honor Roll

Instead of grades from faculty, it's evaluations from the students for the Class of 1934 Awards from the Center for Teaching and Learning. 40 College of Sciences faculty are among those who are receiving honors and accolades.

Ignacio Taboada Elected Spokesperson for IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory

School of Physics professor Ignacio Taboada officially begins his term as the next spokesperson for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory — an NSF-funded South Pole facility searching deep space for sources of high-energy neutrinos — on May 1, 2021. Taboada recently joined outgoing spokesperson Darren Grant for a Q&A about IceCube’s progress and plans.

‘Stellar Flybys’ Crash Through Cosmic Debris, Kicking Up Clues to Planet Formation

Disks of debris that surround stars, and the cosmic bodies that crash into them, may hold the key to unlocking the secrets of how planetary systems formed. A trio of Georgia Tech School of Physics researchers wins a NASA grant to look deeper into "stellar flybys."

12 Proposals to Achieve College of Sciences Strategic Goals Funded by Sutherland Dean's Chair

College of Sciences students, staff, and faculty will lead a dozen new projects focused on building communities of excellence, catalyzing discovery and solutions, and amplifying impact. The proposals, funded by the Betsy Middleton and John Clark Sutherland Dean's Chair, aim to achieve a number of goals outlined in the College’s new strategic plan.

Study Finds Alligator Hearts Keep Beating No Matter What

A new study reported by Georgia Tech researchers finds that an alligator heart will not fibrillate when exposed to drastic temperature changes, unlike a rabbit (mammal) heart, which is critically vulnerable to heart trauma under those conditions. The research could help  better understand how the heart works and what can cause a deadly arrhythmia – which fundamentally happens when the heart doesn’t pump blood correctly any longer.   

Collective Worm and Robot “Blobs” Protect Individuals, Swarm Together

Individually, California blackworms live an unremarkable life eating microorganisms in ponds and serving as tropical fish food for aquarium enthusiasts. But together, tens, hundreds, or thousands of the centimeter-long creatures can collaborate to form a “worm blob,” a shape-shifting living liquid that collectively protects its members from drying out and helps them escape threats such as excessive heat.

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