Category: College of Engineering

Mental health: Dare to think

January 26th, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

From children who are marginalised to the mothers who have seen trauma to adults who resort to violence because of the battles that rage within them, mental health, and its challenges in Pakistan, remain both a taboo and a subject mired with misconceptions and mysteries…

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Scientists find Belichick’s explanation plausible

January 26th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, College of Engineering, James Bird, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Bird, College of Engineering

It’s basic physics, folks. Four of the Boston area’s best scientific minds, zeroing in on the controversy over the Patriots’ use of underinflated footballs, agreed: If you take a ball from a warm place to a cool place, it will lose air pressure…

Expert quote:

“Everything they said doesn’t seem impossible to me. Based on simple ideal-gas-law calculations, I would not be surprised if the Patriots are vindicated. That said, there are many unknowns that can make small differences. . . . ”

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Medical woes: Pakistan needs to own its problems to find appropriate solutions, says expert

January 25th, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

A Pakistani biomedical engineer and professor has been elected as a fellow of the prestigious  American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)’s College of Fellows…

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Appetite for wonder

January 20th, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Ten years ago, Jomo Kenyatta University, a public-sector institution on the outskirts of Nairobi, was a different place. It was a typical university in a developing country, struggling to justify its existence, or the vision with which it was created at the time of independence…

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Why you really CAN smell approaching storms: Raindrops release clouds of aerosols that are carried for miles on the wind

January 15th, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, Daily Mail, James Bird, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Bird, College of Engineering

Most people can detect the distinctive fresh, earthy aroma of an approaching rain storm, but now scientists have worked out why…

Expert quote:

“This paper provides an elegant mechanism by which these microbes can be propelled past the stagnant layer of air around them to a place where the breeze can take them elsewhere.”

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Petrichor: Raindrops Release Clouds Of Aerosols On Impact

January 15th, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, James Bird, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Bird, College of Engineering

People love that earthy smell after it rains. It turns out there is a good science reason for it, and it’s been captured using high-speed imaging…

Expert quote:

“I’m impressed by the extent [to which] the authors have unraveled the underlying physics. The aspect of this paper that I find most exciting is that it brings the conversation of bubble-induced aerosol formation from the ocean over to the land. Microbes from soil have been observed high in the atmosphere; this paper provides an elegant mechanism by which these microbes can be propelled past the stagnant layer of air around them to a place where the breeze can take them elsewhere.”

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Directed evolution of reason

January 5th, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Evolution, while sometimes desperately needed, is a very slow process. We do not have millennia at our disposal to wait for a discourse on reason and tolerance to emerge…

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The science behind the bubbly in champagne

December 31st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Engineering, James Bird, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Bird, College of Engineering

Most people save the turn of the calendar year for celebration and reflection, but New Year’s Eve doubles as a demonstration of the fact that fascinating, interesting, and even some unsolved scientific questions are often right under our noses…

Expert quote:

“Before I drink, I hold it up and give a toast and that fraction of a second before you take a sip, the thing I like to look at is the stream of bubbles.”

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Bridging the gulf of distrust

December 29th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

We are increasingly isolating ourselves. More so, in 2014 than in 2013. I do not mean international isolation or a geopolitical one, but isolation that comes from the loss of trust in people and institutions…

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Don’t give up on the future

December 22nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

There are two kinds of teachers in the world. Whether we agree or not, both are enablers of the future…

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