Tag: infrastructure

The Future of the Internet is…a la Carte

Thursday, August 9th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

A team of researchers from four U.S. universities is poised to lay out the key components for a networking architecture to serve as the backbone of a new Internet that gives users more choices about which services they use. The National Science Foundation (NSF) asked the researchers to design a blueprint for a future version

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Innovation to Save Lives: A Student’s Story, Part I

Thursday, June 21st, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by NC State grad student Tate Rogers. Rogers came up with an idea to address the life-threatening challenge of human waste disposal in the developing world, and was part of a team that received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to pursue the idea further. Rogers

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A New Solution To An Age-Old Problem: Human Waste

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 | Tags: , ,

Conventional sewage treatment is not available in many parts of the world, and disposing of human waste can be both difficult  and hazardous in developing nations. So a team of researchers from NC State, with support from Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are pursuing a new approach to

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Water Flow: A Picture’s Worth More Than A Thousand Words

Monday, October 31st, 2011 | Tags: , , , ,

 Sometimes a picture can save time and money — and that’s worth more than a thousand words.   From mitigating flood damage to managing water resources during a drought, tracking water flow is important. But tough budget times make maintaining data collection systems more difficult than ever. Researchers may have found a way to ease

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Using Data, Not Assumptions, To Make Safe Structures For Less Money

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 | Tags: , ,

Each level of a parking garage is held up by a structure called an L-shaped spandrel beam. For years, manufacturers have been making these beams using inefficient assumptions, which meant they were using too much steel and putting it in the wrong places. Researchers have now collected actual data on these structures, allowing them to

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