Ideation Magazinehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/rss/index.xmlIdeation Magazine RSSFri, 11 Jun 2010 14:48:30 -0400Cascade Servercreative@wm.eduAcoustic Lighthousehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2017/acoustic-lighthouse.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2017/acoustic-lighthouse/john-swaddle-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="John Swaddle holding a bird" /></div> John Swaddle believes he can save a lot of birds just by getting them to look up. One reason that birds fly into buildings is that they’re not looking where they’re going. They really can’t, because they’re not built that way. Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400Why is there anything?http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2017/why-is-there-anything.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2017/where-is-there-anything/dune-thumb.png" width="100px" alt="Fermilab" /></div> The scope of the LBNF-DUNE project approaches the preposterous. A thousand or so scientists, representing more than 160 institutions in 30 nations, are working on an apparatus that will shoot a beam of mysterious, identity-shifting particles 800 miles through solid earth in hopes of getting a better handle on some of the most puzzling questions of science.Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400Contemplating exascalehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2017/contemplating-exascale.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2017/contemplating-exascale/exascale-thumb.png" width="100px" alt="Andreas Stathopoulos" /></div> Andreas Stathopoulos is part of a collaboration that aspires to simulate the building blocks of matter on some of the biggest computers ever made.Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0400It’s in the loopshttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2017/its-in-the-loops.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2017/its-in-the-loops/spider-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="The brown recluse spider spins a web that is much stronger than steel for its thickness and weight" /></div> An international collaboration between William & Mary scientists and colleagues at the University of Oxford has discovered that the brown recluse makes extra-tough silk by spinning loops into each strand.Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400Ready for Rembrandt?http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2017/ready-for-rembrandt.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2017/ready-for-rembrandt/rembrandt-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="Shelle Butler (left) a graduate student in chemistry, adjusts optics for the SERS apparatus with her mentor, Kristin Wustholz." /></div> Shelle Butler is going to Amsterdam this summer to work with some of the world’s most highly valued works of art. “But I won’t be actually touching the Rembrandts,” she said, affecting a little wide-eyed shudder of horror. “I’ll be back over there in the corner with my lasers.”Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400So cute!http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2017/so-cute.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2017/so-cute/flatworm-thumb.png" width="100px" alt="Anna Klompen ’17 balances an adult flatworm on her finger" /></div> Anna Klompen is known in certain circles as Flatworm Mom. Karina Brocco French is developing her own alternate maternal identity: Cannibal Mom.Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400‘Big, honkin’ grandma oysters’http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2017/big-honkin-grandma-oysters.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2017/big-honkin-grandma-oysters/oyster-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="Rowan Lockwood " /></div> Rowan Lockwood is extracting pearls of data from long-dead oysters. She has strung those data pearls together to craft a set of suggestions for the re-oystering of today's Chesapeake Bay.Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0500A ‘feathered mouse’http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2016/a-feathered-mouse.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2016/a-feathered-mouse/thumb.png" width="100px" alt="head of a black rail bird" /></div> The eastern black rail is small, secretive, mysterious and in trouble. It’s a sparrow-sized marsh bird. It hardly ever flies, and gets around by creeping through dense wetland vegetation.Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500Vicarious fear learninghttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2016/vicarious-fear-learning.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2016/vicarious-fear-learning/thumb.png" width="100px" alt="Alexander Williams ’17 works with psychologist Chris Conway on a study of how people develop fears of things that haven’t harmed them yet." /></div> Chris Conway recalls a moment in his childhood in which he was chased by a neighbor’s aggressive dog. The experience didn’t scar Conway, but it did leave a lasting impression on someone else — his brother, who saw everything from afar.Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0400Eye of the beholderhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2016/eye-of-the-beholder.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2016/eye-of-the-beholder/brafferton-steps-thumb.png" width="100px" alt="Brafferton steps stone and drawings" /></div> Chuck Bailey says it is some of the ugliest stone he’s ever seen. Bailey has looked at a lot of stone. He’s professor and chair of William & Mary’s Department of Geology. Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400Science and philosophyhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2016/science-and-philosophy.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2016/free-will/free-will-thumb.png" width="100px" alt="Paul Davies and Matt Haug" /></div> The methods of inquiry for science and philosophy may be different, but sometimes their questions align. And if there were a Venn diagram of both, two William & Mary philosophers would be settled smack in the middle.Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400Bricks on Marshttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2016/bricks-on-mars.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2016/bricks-on-mars/bricks-thumb.png" width="100px" alt="Chemist Robert Orwoll (left) raps his knuckles on a sample regolith-polymer brick" /></div> Moses and Aaron, the Old Testament tells us, had to make bricks without straw before their people could leave Egypt and begin the journey to the Promised Land. Bob and Dick have to figure out how to make bricks from regolith before their people can leave Earth and begin colonizing Mars. Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400A surge of neurotoxin is no helphttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2016/a-surge-of-neurotoxin-is-no-help.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2016/a-surge-of-neurotoxin-is-no-help/finches-square.png" width="100px" alt="Ornithologist Dan Cristol" /></div> Migration is hard on a songbird. It has a commute of thousands of miles — north or south, depending on the season — a journey that often includes a nonstop flight over the Gulf of Mexico or even along nearly the entire coastline of North and South America.Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400Leaving the nesthttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2016/leaving-the-nest123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2016/leaving-the-nest/eagle-square.png" width="100px" alt="Bryan Watts uses a caliber to take several measurements of an eaglet as Bart Paxton helps to steady the bird." /></div> Shane Lawler was taking care of business in a loblolly pine, 90 feet above Gospel Spreading Farm, unfazed by the agitated bald eagles spiraling around his head. "All right!" he yelled to Bryan Watts, waiting at the base of the tree. "I've got one bird in a bag."Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400At tribeHacks '16http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2016/at-tribehacks-16123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2016/at-tribehacks-16/hack-square.png" width="100px" alt="Dara Kharabi ’17 demonstrates his hack" /></div> Some visitors to tribeHacks stepped out of Small Hall onto the William & Mary campus on Sunday to enjoy a bit of sun before the presentations got under way. They saw four students, carrying a pair of quadcopters, making their way toward the door.Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400Inspired by fishhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2016/inspired-by-fish123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2016/inspired-by-fish/flter-square.png" width="100px" alt="goldfish" /></div> What if we could design industrial filters that just don’t clog? William & Mary ichthyologist Laurie Sanderson has a patent pending on a new type of filter that is designed to be clogless, or at least clog-resistant.Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400ScaAnalyzerhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2016/scaanalyzer123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2016/scaanalyzer/scaan-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="ScaAnalyzer" /></div> Computer developers work like runners in a race. One foot — software — has to keep pace with the advancement of the other foot — hardware. (And vice versa, of course).Tue, 29 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400Peering inside peer reviewhttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2016/peering-inside-peer-review123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2016/peering-inside-peer-review/peer-review-thumb.jpg" width="100px" alt="Physicist Irina Novikova participates in all three aspects of the scientific peer-review process" /></div> The peer-review process does for science what the checks and balances system is supposed to do for American government.Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500Black holes collidehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2016/black-holes-collide123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2016/black-holes-collide/ligo-thumb.png" width="100px" alt="An image from the SXS Project depicts the collision of two black holes" /></div> William & Mary’s physics community squeezed into a single room the morning of Feb. 11 to hear the announcement, a group of just-from-class undergraduates finding room on the floor and in odd corners.Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500Downtown Cell City?http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/ideation-stories-for-borrowing/2016/downtown-cell-city123.php <div style="float:left; margin-right:8px;" ><img src="http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/_images/2016/downtown-cell-city/thr-square.jpg" width="100px" alt="Sara Schad ’16, Cyril Anyetei-Anum ’16, Chancellor Professor of Biology Lizabeth Allison and M.S. student Dylan Zhang" /></div> Think of a cell as a city, a metropolis both constructed of and populated by proteins.Tue, 23 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500