GIFMany of us spent a good portion of our college years battling it out in Mario Kart.Those carefully-honed skills aren t exactly a big seller on your resume, unless you happen to be one of four Colorado State University students who created a real-life version of the game, complete with weapons and power-ups.It s called Junkyard Battle Racers.Undergrad engineering students Alex Zenk, Katie Johnson, Floyd Bundrant, and Jacob Gover managed to use what they d learned in their mechatronics class to create a pair of interactive go-karts that turn racing into more than just a test of their driving skills.These randomly assign the kart with either a speed boost, a shield, or a pair of weapons that can be used against other racers.But when hit by a death beam, the brakes are applied as well, bringing the kart to an immediate stand still giving your opponent the chance to race ahead.
In this 2014 photo provided by Colorado State University, CSU research associate Kira Shonkwiler, front, and student Landan MacDonald, standing behind Shonkwiler, set up a weather station in Garfield County, Colo., as part of a study on air pollution from fracking wells.A study of air pollution from western Colorado fracking wells released Tuesday, June 14, 2016, found the highest rate of emissions came just after fracking was completed.Arsineh Hecobian/Colorado State University via AP MoreDENVER AP — New data on air pollution from fracking wells in Colorado will be a big help in assessing whether the emissions are harmful to human health, state officials say.The state expects to hire outside researchers by the end of next month to begin modeling the human health risks, using the western Colorado research as well as data from a second study Collett is conducting at wells near the state's urban Front Range.Collett's study is the first time researchers have been able say with certainty they were measuring pollution only from drilling operations and not from other sources, Van Dyke said.Since they knew how much acetylene they released at the well, they were able to calculate how much of it was dispersed before it got to their sampling stations.
Frank Pope of Save the Elephants is refuelling a four-seater Cessna on a dusty airstrip in the savannah of northern Kenya.As Pope banks steeply over the thorn trees, I have to remind myself that I m about to see the future of wildlife protection.For example, it could text a farmer when a crop-raiding animal is approaching.Anything that can carry a transmitter can be tracked, says George Wittemyer at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, who works with Save the Elephants.Domain awareness systems could help keep cattle and buffalo apart, warn of whales in shipping lanes and give fresh insights into animal behaviour.As our plane wheels dizzyingly over the savannah, we finally pick up Annabel s signal.
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The gender gap in STEM science, technology, engineering and mathematics is widely reported.Only one-quarter of college graduates entering careers in STEM in the U.S. are women.Only about 1 in 10 physicists and astronomers are women.But here s the rub: Girls are just as interested and are definitely not less skilled in STEM subjects than boys.There are many leaks in the so-called STEM pipeline, including educational shortfalls and cultural issues like stereotyping.But there may be one issue in particular that s having a profound impact on the number of women in STEM: the notoriously difficult college math class, Calculus I, a new study from Colorado State University finds.
FILE - In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo. Oil and gas development in the Western U.S. could continue to cause sage grouse numbers to decline despite limits on drilling meant to protect the struggling bird species, according to scientists.Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and Colorado State University reached the conclusion after examining the effects of drilling on greater sage grouse over a 25-year period ending in 2008.AP -- Oil and gas development in the Western U.S. could continue to cause sage grouse numbers to decline despite limits on drilling meant to protect the struggling bird species, according to scientists.They found that populations of the chicken-sized bird dropped 14 percent annually in areas with at least 10 oil or gas wells per square mile.Federal land management rules recently crafted to protect grouse across their 11-state range would allow that many wells or more in areas crucial to the birds' long-term survival.Populations were stable when no wells were present, the researchers concluded in their findings published in The Journal of Wildlife Management.
Researchers are finding new ways to make sure your body doesn't reject implants, and a material that repels blood may be one answer.If you have a medical implant put into your body, you want it to be compatible with blood so as to cause the minimum of possible complications, right?A research project coming out of Colorado State University is suggesting a different, less conventional approach: A new type of superhemophobic titanium surface that s so repellent to blood that, in theory, your body won t even realize an implant is there.Researchers have been working to try and make implants that blood likes enough to be compatible, Arun Kota, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering, told Digital Trends.We wanted to do the opposite: To make it so that implants are so repellent to blood that blood can t even contact its surface to make it wet.In a sense, we re tricking blood into thinking there s nothing there at all.
The wind whistles through the trees overhead, the birds chirp and flutter, a brook babbles along, the car horns and radios on a nearby highway blare incessantly…wait, car horns?According to a study conducted by Colorado State University and the National Parks Service, noise pollution in some parks is getting so bad that it is disrupting wildlife and scaring away animals, including endangered species.Researchers took 1.5 million hours of sound recordings over the last decade from 492 sites and used a computer model to estimate the ambient noise naturally present at each site.The NPS scientists then compared two scenarios: protected areas with and without human-made noise.And at 21 percent of the sites, man-made noise has risen to levels at least 10 times louder than background sound."You're in the middle of nowhere, yet you still can't escape the sounds of humans,” Rachel Buxton, an acoustic ecologist at Colorado State University, told the Alaska Dispatch News.
Conservationists have a new way to monitor Kenyan elephants and track poachers who are after their tusks.Called WIPER — Wireless anti-Poaching Technology for Elephants and Rhinos — the device uses sensors to pick up on ballistic shockwaves and transmit the exact coordinates of an elephant as soon as gunshots are detected.“Poaching has devastated many populations on which I work and, in response, we have been developing technologies and approaches to provide enhanced protection,” George Wittemyer, Colorado State University professor and chairman of Save the Elephants, told Digital Trends.That includes the 100,000 elephants poached for their tusks between 2010 and 2012, according to Save the Elephants’ estimates.In order to avoid detection, poachers often put silencers on their weapons.But even if the sound is muffled, the shockwave generated by supersonic projectiles is not.
FORT COLLINS, COLORADO - By some estimates, bacterial strains resistant to antibiotics - so-called superbugs - will cause more deaths than cancer by 2050.Colorado State University biomedical and chemistry researchers are using creative tactics to subvert these superbugs and their mechanisms of invasion.Their material, described in Advanced Functional Materials, could form the basis for a new kind of antibacterial surface that prevents infections and reduces our reliance on antibiotics.Many people picture bacteria and other microorganisms in their friendlier, free-floating state - like plankton swimming in a high school petri dish.In a classic example, cystic fibrosis patients are sickened by hordes of P. aeruginosa bacteria forming a sticky film on the endothelial cells of the patients' lungs.Once those bacteria attach, drugs won't kill them.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Creating a new instrument capable of detecting trace amounts of uranium and other materials will be the focus of a new research partnership spearheaded by scientists at Colorado State University.The partnership, led at CSU by University Distinguished Professor Carmen Menoni of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office through its Nuclear Forensics Research Award (NFRA) program.Together with researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Menoni will oversee the design and implementation of a highly sensitive mass spectrometer capable of detecting just a few uranium atoms at a time.The instrument will also allow nanoscale imaging of the isotopic content of solid samples, in three dimensions.Such a tool could set the stage for new capabilities in nuclear forensics, to support U.S. government counter-nuclear-terrorism efforts.The nuclear forensics award will bring Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientist Lydia Rush to CSU as a Ph.D. student in Menoni's lab.
Packing “catastrophic” and “life-threatening” winds of 185 miles per hour (300 km/h), the storm now bearing down on Puerto Rico and the US Virgin islands is officially the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded north of the Caribbean and east of Florida.Hurricanes draw their energy from the ocean, with hotter sea surface temperatures providing the fuel for wetter, more powerful, more rapidly-intensify storms.Right now, sea surface temperatures across the equatorial Atlantic are running up to about a degree and a half hotter than usual—not to mention it’s late summer, so the ocean is hot, period.“The tropical Atlantic has been warmer in some years than it is now, but it’s certainly pretty toasty out there right now too,” said Phil Klotzbach, a tropical storm expert at Colorado State University, adding that “it’s too early to say conclusively” that those extra-hot waters are climate change related.Other experts are suggesting climate change is at least partially responsible for the storm’s heat-fueled ferocity.But, you can have hot sea surface temperatures and still not get monster storms like Irma.
The vast scale of the storm is being captured by meteorologists and officials have issued warnings for islands in the region.At the time of writing, Irma is heading west-northwest and travelling at around 17mph.So far nine people have been reported as being killed by Irma and officials expect this number to rise.And the numbers behind it reveal a truly terrifying force.According to meteorologists at Colorado State University, Irma's maximum wind speeds have reached 185mph.At present, Irma only trails Hurricane Allen, which hit 190mph wind speeds.
This year, the Atlantic tropics are reminding the United States and Caribbean Islands how brutal September can be when it comes to hurricanes.Perhaps coastal residents have forgotten, as the Atlantic tropics have slumbered in recent Septembers, according to a widely used metric that calculates the total energy of storms during their lifetimes—Accumulated Cyclone Energy.The Atlantic basin's combined Accumulated Cyclone Energy for the last four Septembers, from 2013 to 2016, was lower than it had been over a four-year period since 1911 to 1914, according to Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane scientist at Colorado State University.This is also just the ninth year on record with seven or more hurricanes by September 17 in the last century and a half.So it's busy out there.Here's a look at the threats posed by hurricanes Jose and Maria.
A team of researchers in the U.S. and Europe, including key contributors from Colorado State University, is poised to globally integrate electrical grids in a way that resonates with the creation of the internet more than 50 years ago.On Sept. 26, the researchers will convene at Idaho National Laboratory for a live demonstration of the Real-Time Super Lab concept, which shows how electricity can be rerouted across vast distances to address disruptions.The team envisions that large-scale blackouts can be prevented by moving electricity intercontinentally, the same way utilities currently do regionally, but at a much larger scale.Joining the Real-Time Super Lab effort is a CSU team led by Siddharth "Sid" Suryanarayanan, associate professor and Rhoden Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering."The driving principle is that we are pooling our resources, whether that be computers or human capital, in solving this problem, rather than establishing ourselves in just one location."Such global interaction can prepare America for future power system challenges, reduce the cost of outages, and make electrical power grids more resilient
In mid-October, Steven Rutledge will sail to the intertropical convergence zone near the Equator aboard a 300-foot vessel called the R/V Roger Revelle.It's not a vacation cruise.Rutledge, professor of atmospheric science, will lead a Colorado State University team on a five-week research voyage to test a new weather radar.After more than two years of planning and construction at the CSU-CHILL National Radar Facility in Greeley, the team will deploy the most advanced shipborne radar the world has ever seen.The SEA-POL mission is part of a larger NASA experiment to understand the fate of rainwater that falls on the sea surface.Rutledge and four other CSU team members will board the R/V Revelle with about 20 other scientists and technicians from other U.S. institutions studying various aspects of upper-ocean salinity.
Colorado State University scientists are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed at improving how algae-based biofuels and bioproducts are made.The Department of Energy's Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced its support for the project, titled "Rewiring Algal Carbon Energetics for Renewables," led by scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.The multidisciplinary team includes CSU's Ken Reardon, professor of chemical and biological engineering; Graham Peers, associate professor of biology; and Jason Quinn, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; along with partners at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, Arizona State University, Utah State University, and representatives from industry."How can we get photosynthetic microorganisms - namely algae - to grow faster, and how can we do better at converting that biomass into fuel intermediates?"The researchers will use an algae species called Desmodesmus armatus, and will focus on fundamental processes of efficiently channeling carbon dioxide into useful fuel intermediates.A San Diego-based company called Sapphire Energy is a project partner and has pioneered the use of D. armatus for biofuels.
In drought-prone states like California, Colorado and others, every drop of water is precious.A newly published national report provides comprehensive guidelines for innovative water-saving techniques, with Colorado State University expertise playing a key role.Sybil Sharvelle, associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and co-leader of CSU's One Water Solutions Institute, recently chaired a national committee of experts who wrote the new guidelines.They call for safe, cost-effective expansion of water reuse systems in commercial and multi-residential buildings, as well as municipal districts.The new "Risk-Based Framework for the Development of Public Health Guidance for Decentralized Non-Potable Water Systems" outlines how to design reliable, efficient and safe building-scale water reuse systems.Such systems aren't yet widespread, and thanks to the committee's efforts, municipalities now have guidance to provide developers with regulations, and a consistent approach to projects.
When scientists announced last year that they'd detected gravitational waves from the distant collision of two black holes, they confirmed Albert Einstein's 100-year-old theory that gravity, packaged in waves, travels across space and time.The 900-member global science team responsible for the discovery, honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics Oct. 3, is the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) collaboration.Earlier this year, LIGO added new members from Colorado State University.The CSU team will provide critical coating technology to increase the sensitivity of LIGO, and to advance knowledge of coating architectures for future LIGO generations.The CSU group of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration is led by University Distinguished Professor Carmen Menoni, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.Leading the development and testing of the coatings is Le Yang, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, where Menoni holds a dual affiliation; and postdoctoral researcher Mariana Fazio.
On August 9th, deep in the southern Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Franklin reached 85mph winds before moving into Mexico.Although the storm dropped some heavy rains over the Mexican state of Veracruz, Franklin's effects were relatively moderate, and it was soon forgotten.But following Franklin's formation two months ago, eight additional tropical systems have developed and been assigned names by the National Hurricane Center.And during this frenetic season, all of those systems have become hurricanes as well.That's nine in a row, which is unprecedented in the modern hurricane era.According to Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane scientist at Colorado State University, nine consecutive named storms have not reached hurricane status since 1893.