Students use rippling carbon fiber to create an innovative architectural facade

August 10, 2015 by  
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In the past year, we’ve witnessed a large growth of composite applications in architecture. Last year we covered the IIT College of Architecture ‘s FIBERwave Pavilion . This year, professor Alphonso Peluso, who led the project, wanted to start a new project to replace an existing relic at the school: a 1990’s full scale two-story glass and steel curtain wall mock-up that was used for teaching architecture students about curtain wall design and construction. The mock-up has fallen out of fashion and has been left untouched for a number of years. This semester’s plan was to retro-fit a portion of the facade mock-up with carbon fiber. While last year’s project was funding via crowdsourcing, this year the school is relying on donated or discounted materials. After some trial and error over the semester, and a contest to determine the winning final design, the students created the idea of creating panels using wood molds and carbon fiber covered in primer, called CARBONskin. “I’ve… been given renewed enthusiasm about what my students and I will accomplish in the future with the support of so many in the composites industry who are interested in our work and are supporting us on this project,” said Peluso. + IIT College of Architecture

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Astronauts are munching on lettuce grown in space for the first time ever

August 10, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. In what feels like a moment right out of Star Trek , members of the Expedition 44 crew on the International Space Station are about to eat the very first crops grown in space . Today, a batch of red romaine lettuce will be harvested from the “Veggie” plant growth system on the ISS orbiting laboratory  to make a tasty space salad for the crew. Scientists hope that the fresh food will be not only more nutritious for the astronauts, but that it will also improve their moods and maybe even help protect from harmful radiation. Read the rest of Astronauts are munching on lettuce grown in space for the first time ever

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Upgrading the College Diet: Study Snacks

December 2, 2009 by  
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  Finals are fast approaching on college campuses.   It’s the time of the semester when students put themselves on “lockdown” to study for comprehensive exams, write papers, or finally tackle that half-page reading list.   Since I’ve been in college, I’ve noticed that most students adopt terrible lifestyle habits before and during finals.

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