Category: Wired

The Best Bet for Alien Life May Be in Planetary Systems Very Different From Ours

Wired Philip Muirhead, College of Arts & Sciences In the hunt for extraterrestrial life, scientists started by searching for a world orbiting a star just like the sun. After all, the steady warmth of that glowing yellow ball in the sky makes life on Earth possible… View full article quoting expert Philip Muirhead

Bouncing water droplets could be used to charge phones

Wired Chuanhua Duan, College of Engineering Imagine a situation in which a small device could charge smartphones or other electronic items using only the humidity in the air, while also producing clean water… Expert quote: “Getting power from a condensation process is definitely a novel idea, as condensation is mainly used for thermal management. Recent studies […]

A bionic pancreas could liberate diabetes sufferers

Wired Edward Damiano, College of Engineering An artificial pancreas has enabled a test group of adults and teenagers with type 1 diabetes to go about their daily lives without having to check their insulin levels, or self-administer the hormone… Expert quote: “A cure is always the end goal. As that goal remains elusive, a truly automated technology, which […]

Thinking in a foreign language could sway your moral judgements

Wired Catherine Caldwell-Harris, College of Arts & Sciences Would you kill one person to save five? This cruel dilemma pits the principle of thou-shalt-not-kill against simple math: Five is greater than one. But presumably it’s a dilemma each person solves the same way each time, unaffected by superficial things like the language in which it’s presented. […]

An Unexpected Discovery in the Brains of Autistic Children

Wired Helen Barbas, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College Nobody knows what causes autism, a condition that varies so widely in severity that some people on the spectrum achieve enviable fame and success while others require lifelong assistance due to severe problems with communication, cognition, and behavior. Scientists have found countless clues, but […]

Voyager 1 Discovers Bizarre and Baffling Region at Edge of Solar System

Wired Merav Opher, College of Arts & Sciences Not content with simply being the man-made object to travel farthest from Earth, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft recently entered a bizarre new region at the solar system’s edge that has physicists baffled… Expert quote: “It’s a huge surprise. In some sense we have touched the intergalactic medium, but we’re […]

The Mathematics of Averting the Next Big Network Failure

Wired H. Eugene Stanley, College of Engineering Irena Vodenska, Metropolitan College Gene Stanley never walks down stairs without holding the handrail… Expert quotes: Stanley: “Everything depends on everything else.” Vodenska: “We consider this model as potentially useful for systemic risk stress testing for financial systems.” View full article