Energy harvesting computers: extracting energy from the environment
From the 10.20.16 Issue
Brandon Lucia, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, designs the basic technology to support "energy harvesting computers," or devices that can perform computations, sense their environments and communicate using energy that they extract from their environments.
Why does time advance? Richard Muller's new theory
From the 10.19.16 Issue
A simple question from his wife -- Does physics really allow people to travel back in time? -- propelled physicist Richard Muller on a quest to resolve a fundamental problem that had puzzled him throughout his 45-year career: Why does the arrow of time flow inexorably toward the future, constantly creating new "nows"?
National Science Foundation-funded nanotechnology research at Kansas State University
From the 10.07.16 Issue
Gurpreet Singh, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Kansas State University, describes his National Science Foundation-funded nanotechnology research and explains the possibilities and challenges of making devices such as small gears or sensors that are the size of human DNA.
Generating 3-D models using simple interaction techniques
From the 10.05.16 Issue
Levent Burak Kara, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, is developing computational technologies that will enable ordinary people to generate 3-D models using natural, simple-to-use interaction techniques.