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NASA announced last month it will recruit a team of Georgia Tech researchers for a new project. The team, called REVEALS, will study radiation on other planets and build radiation proof space suits. What can this technology do for us in space exploration?

We ask the team leader, Thomas Orlando, a Director in the Center for Space Technology and Research at Georgia Tech.

I deeply sympathize with students looking for internships, especially now that I'm an intern at NPR. Gathering all the materials to apply is usually time-consuming and stressful. Indeed, the folder "Internships Summer 2016" on my laptop contains 23 different cover letters and 23 versions of my resume.

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Georgia Tech is creating what it calls the most environmentally friendly building in the Southeast. It collects its own water and solar power, and uses them to satisfy energy needs and irrigate nearby vegetation.

This "living building" is on track to break ground later this year. We get a preview of this new structure from Howard Wertheimer, the school’s assistant vice president for capital planning and space management.

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Following the success of its first online master’s degree program, this fall Georgia Tech will offer a second online master’s degree program in analytics. The cost for the degree is less than $10,000, a new investment in the institute’s model for low-cost, online graduate education. We talk with Nelson Baker, Dean of Professional Education, about what the program hopes to achieve.

 

 

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The first living organisms on Earth were probably single-celled organisms similar to bacteria. It took eons for those tiny forms to evolve into humans. But how did they begin? Georgia Tech researcher Nick Hud is working to answer that question. We talked with him about his work to discover the root of life on Earth.

 

 

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The first Mars astronaut has probably already been born, even if it wasn’t that long ago. He or she could be in Atlanta at one of Fernbank Museum’s planetarium shows.

It could be 17-year-old Kristen Baker, who will be attending Georgia State University in 2017 to study astronomy. It could be 9-year-old Everett Glover who wants to be the first person to take selfies on Mars.

Regardless, both were in attendance at the Fernbank Planetarium’s “From Earth to the Universe” show, along with scores of other families. The interest in space exploration isn’t dying down any time soon.

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In 1916, two teams played one of the most lopsided games in college football history. Georgia Tech beat Cumberland College with a score of 222–0. We talk with author Sam Hatcher about his new book on the game, and how he says it forever changed college football in the South. 

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There’s a social theory in which individuals make choices to benefit the self, but ultimately harm themselves and the greater community. A new study published by researchers at Georgia Tech provides methods to combat what’s known as “tragedy of the commons.”

We speak with lead researcher and Georgia Tech Professor Joshua Weitz to talk about the implications of his counter-theory. Georgia State University sociology professor Dan Pasciuti also joins us to put the theory into a societal context. 

College football fans will swarm stadiums across the country this weekend, as the 2016 season begins.

But Georgia Tech will open their season 3,900 miles from their home turf, as they face off against Boston College in Dublin, Ireland.

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As technology increasingly comes into contact with humans, a group of scientists are working to make sure those interactions remain safe. Mark Riedl is an Associate Professor in the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing and director of the Entertainment Intelligence Lab. His lab uses storytelling to teach robots right from wrong. We speak with Riedl about his research and what the future holds for artificial intelligence. 

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Bees play an invaluable role in our ecosystem, but they are slowly dying out as a species. In order to further integrate bees into a city environment, the Urban Honey Bee Project at Georgia Tech hopes to create new homes for these vital insects while educating students on ecological responsibility. 

We talk to Georgia Tech’s Jennifer Leavey, who is director of the project, about the initiative and what results she hopes to achieve over the length of the project. 

Two years ago, Georgia Tech became the first university in the country to accept Bitcoin. But they stopped this year due to a lack of interest. We break down what Bitcoin really is. Then we speak with Nathaniel Popper, New York Times Wall Street reporter and author of “Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money,” about the future of Bitcoin and who is leading the charge towards a worldwide currency. 

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A survey by U.S. News and World Report found as many as one in three first-year students did not return to college for a second year between fall 2010 through fall 2013. Kennesaw State University is one of 44 institutions which launched a new initiative to address freshmen retention rates.

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The Kelmans-Seymour conjecture has puzzled mathematicians for nearly 40 years. Now, a team from Georgia Tech believes they have finally found a solution to the decades-old problem. 

We speak with Georgia Tech Mathematics Professor Xingxing Yu and graduate student Dawei He about how they came up with the proof to this math mystery.

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Students at Georgia Tech were part of a recent social experiment, but they just didn't realize it at the time. Computing Professor Ashok Goel teaches an artificial intelligence class every semester. Last semester, he did something different by adding another teacher’s assistant to his online course. Only this T.A. was A.I., operated by artificial intelligence.

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Georgia Tech Research Scientist Charlene Bayer is pioneering a new method for early cancer detection. No radiation, no fancy machines, just an inexpensive breathalyzer that can detect carcinogens caused by both lung and breast cancer.

Bayer explains how to use the technology and how it can be applied on a larger scale.