Chunks of space rock hurtling toward Earth putting humanity in mortal danger makes an entertaining asteroid-inspired movie. While that scenario could actually happen someday, there are equally important reasons to study asteroids other than their potential to be threatening.
A new product developed by 3M ESPE—and based on technology invented by Christopher Bowman, distinguished professor of chemical and biological engineering—may be able to ease the dentist experience. Filtek Bulk Fill Posterior Restorative can reduce the time you have to spend in the dentist’s chair.
The distinguished professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering designed a system that would use far-field beaming to take power from solar panels on the bright side of the moon to a research station on the dark side of the moon, enabling the station to extract water from rocks. Her research team has solved problems of inefficiency in amplifiers on cellphone and radar towers, allowing for huge savings in power consumption. She’s developed methods for recharging batteries wirelessly for things like mold sensors within walls.
Civil engineering students gather at Boulder Creek after designing a pedestrian bridge for their senior capstone project. From left to right: Robb Sparks, Julia Carroll, Jordan Burns, Kim Bellis and Zach Noonan.
A new ultrasensitive infrared camera, which creates images by measuring heat instead of visible light, is able to give a crisp picture of the room, delineating each piece of furniture, each wire leading into the computer and, of course, Bright himself.
Computer Science is booming in Boulder. In the fall of 2010, there were 267 undergraduate computer science majors. Four years later, there were 909, including the new Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science degree. To keep up with the tsunami of new students, talented faculty are being recruited from across the country. Here’s a look at what three of the new faculty are working on.