Unscripted: Science and Engineering Research







Be Brief: Viral Communication

Students in the 2018 IRES cohort lived in University Town at the National University
      of Singapore for eight weeks of immersive, interdisciplinary research.

International Research Experience for Students (IRES) teaches undergraduate and graduate students to communicate research. See the 2018 cohort in action. . . Read More

Guest Blog: What Our Forests Can Do

In the U.S., many people think biorefinery is the same as ethanol production, which
      is only one of many possible products.

In his guest blog, Mark Rudnicki, director of the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute, explains the role of forests in a sustainable future. Sustainably harvested trees . . . Read More

Be Brief: Symmetry

There’s more to symmetry than what meets the eye.

Symmetries are all around us and extend deep into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). . . . Read More

For the Birds

Sometimes you're the window, sometimes you're the bird. A student-designed prototype
      of an affordable collision-detection sensor aims to make the two meet less often.

That bone-cracking thud isn't easily forgotten. Nor are bird-window collisions easily prevented. A team of faculty and students is using science, engineering and art to . . . Read More

From This Small and Drifting Planet

Milky Way over Deadvlei in Namibia. What planet is this? It is the only planet currently
      known to have trees. The trees in Deadvlei, though, have been dead for over 500 years.
      Located in Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia (Earth), saplings grew after rainfall caused
      a local river to overflow, but died after sand dunes shifted to section off the river.
      High above and far in the distance, the band of our Milky Way Galaxy forms an arch
      over a large stalk in this well-timed

NASA's InSight lander touched down on Mars this Monday. To honor explorers (and robots) going boldly where no one has gone before, we share favorite 2018 Astronomy. . . Read More