Ideation Magazinehttp://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/rss/index.xmlIdeation Magazine RSSFri, 11 Jun 2010 14:48:30 -0400Cascade Servercreative@wm.eduA ‘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 -0500Natural 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 -0400