Ideation Magazinehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/rss/index.xmlIdeation Magazine RSSFri, 11 Jun 2010 14:48:30 -0400Cascade Servercreative@wm.eduNatural masters of synthetic biologyhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/natural-masters-of-synthetic-biology123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/natural-masters-of-synthetic-biology/igem-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="Members of the William & Mary team celebrate their win on the stage of the iGEM Grand Jamboree. " /></div> An interdisciplinary team of William & Mary students have brought home one of the biggest prizes in synthetic biology, an honor that has been called the World Cup of Science.Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400Unraveling the worm’s secret http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/unraveling-the-worms-secret-123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/unraveling-the-worms-secret/silk-square.png" width="100px" alt="Sean Kobeley shows a silkworm cocoon like those used in research in the lab of Hannes Schniepp (right). The two are authors on a paper that explains the molecular-level damage of overprocessing silk." /></div> Hannes Schniepp and Sean Koebley talk about silk as being either alive or dead.Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400Horror. Beauty. Science.http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/horror-beauty-science123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/horror-beauty-science/observatory-square.png" width="100px" alt="The red region is an area of ionized hydrogen where stars are forming and the blue region is a cloud of dust particles that reflect the light from nearby stars." /></div> Jacob Gunnarson’s first reaction upon being handed the keys to the observatory was one of moderate horror.Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400A tight bondhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/a-tight-bond123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/a-tight-bond/scheerer-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="scheerer-thumb.jpg" /></div> Alkaloids are members of a vast family of molecules that are chemically organic and also occur in nature. All forms of life have evolved ways to produce these useful chemicals.Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400A digital detectivehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/a-digital-detective123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/a-digital-detective/brushing-square.png" width="100px" alt="Haitao Xu reports for work on the Alibaba corporate campus in Hangzhou, China. " /></div> Online ratings and reviews are a helpful, if imperfect, guide for potential customers.Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400Understanding Kiskiackhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/understanding-kiskiack123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/understanding-kiskiack/kiskiack-thumb.png" width="100px" alt="Martin Gallivan (in cap) discusses how to best excavate a hearth feature with (from left) Madeline Gunter, Jessica Bittner and Megan Willmes ’16 as Jak Scrivener ’ 16 takes field notes." /></div> Madeline Gunter and Jessica Bittner were using tablespoons to work around some rocks that were just beginning to peek through the troweled-flat, muddy-looking surface of their working unit. They weren't just random stones.Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400Cry of the Bansheehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/cry-of-the-banshee123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/cry-of-the-banshee/banshees-square.png" width="100px" alt="Evidence of how plate tectonics played out in central Virginia is written in the rocks. " /></div> Large swatches of North American maps might as well be labeled “Terra Incognita” or even “Here be Dragons,” as far as geologists are concerned.Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0400Going viralhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/going-viral123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/going-viral/virus-square.png" width="100px" alt="Faraz Rahman (left) and Jasmin Green, known collectively as “Jafar” look over the open water of Lake Matoaka with Kurt. " /></div> Lake Matoaka has a thriving and diverse population of viruses living in its waters. And that’s good.Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400Big love for big datahttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/big-love-for-big-data123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/big-love-for-big-data/leemis-square.png" width="100px" alt="Larry Leemis " /></div> If there is a fire hydrant in front of your home, premiums on your homeowner’s insurance will be lower than the same home without a fire hydrant in its proximity.Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400Comfort foodhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/comfort-food123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/comfort-food/food-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> Psychologists have traditionally looked to the mind to help people living with mental health issues. But a recent study led by William & Mary researchers shows that the stomach may also play a key role.Thu, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400An open-book mysteryhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/an-open-book-mystery123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/an-open-book-mystery/principia-thumb.png" width="100px" alt="Latin-literate physics student Jackson Olsen ’16 displays William & Mary’s copy of Isaac Newton’s Principia" /></div> There is a bit of a mystery surrounding a book at William & Mary. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400One of a thousandhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/one-of-a-thousand123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/one-of-a-thousand/wawersik-thumb.png" width="100px" alt="Mathew Wawersik" /></div> You have to look pretty closely to find Matthew Wawersik's name on this paper. The list of authors and their affiliations goes on for most of four pages.Mon, 08 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0400PHAs: Bacteria make them. Bacteria eat them. Now we can use them to help save the Chesapeakehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/phas-bacteria-make-them-bacteria-eat-them123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/phas/pha-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="A way out: An oval, biodegradable escape panel, designed by VIMS researchers " /></div> PHAs are plastics that are made by bacteria. PHAs also are eaten by bacteria.Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0500A day of Ipswichinghttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/a-day-of-ipswiching123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/a-day-of-ipswiching/ispswich-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="Ellison Orcutt inspects an Ipswich sparrow held by CCB biologist Fletcher Smith " /></div> The subdued color palette of this habitat is reminiscent of west Texas.Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:00:00 -0500Taking a leaf from naturehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/taking-a-leaf-from-nature123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/taking-a-leaf-from-nature/taking-a-leaf-from-nature-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="Catherine Wise ’15 discusses progress on her nickel catalyst with Assistant Professor of Chemistry William McNamara" /></div> William & Mary chemist William McNamara is taking a “bio-inspired” approach to the world’s energy crisis by turning to nature’s very own chemical power plant: photosynthesis.Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500High anxietyhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2015/high-anxiety123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2015/high-anxiety/college-woods-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="Mary Seward, a graduate student in biology" /></div> A team of biologists at William & Mary has begun a long-term experiment to determine what is behind the degradation of the College Woods ecosystem. Thu, 08 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0500Sonic Netshttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/sonic-nets123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/sonic-nets/sonic-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> Scarecrows have never worked, and history shows that advancements in technology haven’t worked much better when it comes to shooing birds away from ripening crops.Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500Lessons from Polynesiahttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/lessons-from-polynesia123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/lessons-from-polynesia/kahn-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> Environmental change is nothing new in Polynesia. For centuries, the inhabitants of the volcanic, sea-battered islands have been employing a variety of strategies to adapt to their changing landscapes.Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500It’s a small worldhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/its-a-small-world123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/its-a-small-world/magneto-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="Gunter Lüpke (left) and Wei Zhang " /></div> The surface of a metal seems smooth, but a closer look—much closer, at the atomic level—will show that the same surface resembles the surface of a beehive.Fri, 26 Sep 2014 01:00:00 -0400An 18th-century brewery?http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2014/an-18th-century-brewery123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2014/brewhouse/brew-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="" /></div> All signs indicate that a brew house once stood in the shadow of the Wren Building, but those inclined to toast the rediscovery of a facility that slaked thirsts at William & Mary 300 years ago should really wait until the lab results are in.Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:00:00 -0400