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