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One Person Can Change The World: Or At Least What The World Is Made Of

Friday, July 1st, 2011 | Tags: , ,

In 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt was president, World War II was in full swing, and a young man named Hans Conrad was embarking on a career as a materials science researcher. Sixty-eight years later, he is still showing up to the lab every day, publishing top-notch papers and trying to figure out the physical and

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DroidKungFu Malware Is Evolving

Friday, July 1st, 2011 | Tags:

The NC State computer science researchers who first identified the DroidKungFu malware that targets Android users have now uncovered new variations of the malware, which have been modified in what appears to be an attempt to make them harder to detect. “Though they are similarly repackaged and distributed in the form of ‘legitimate’ applications, these

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How Does My Dog Always Know When I’m Coming Home?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 | Tags:

When I get home from work my dog is always at the door, waiting for me. Friends of mine report the same phenomenon. Do they spend all day at the door waiting for us? Maybe, but probably not. It’s probably the result of associative learning. Dogs and humans have been a double-bill for tens of

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Concrete: It’s Everywhere, You Probably Don’t Understand It, And It’s Changing

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 | Tags: , , ,

We are always surrounded by things we don’t really understand, but there are few man-made substances as common, but little understood, as concrete. We walk on it, drive on it and live in buildings built on it (or even from it). And, while most people hardly ever think about it, there are researchers who think

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A Clever Solution: Sensors That Repair Themselves

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 | Tags: , , ,

I love it when someone comes up with an ingenious solution to a problem, like the self-healing sensor discussed in a paper that came out this month. I won’t go into the entire sensor, but want to explain the “self-healing” part, since that’s what I think is so clever. (The paper itself is here and

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