Elephants in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar are facing a new, brutal brand of destruction at the hands of poachers: They’re being slaughtered at an increasing rate for their skins, feet, genitalia and hair, according to a report published March 13, 2018, in PLOS ONE.
A team of Clemson University bioengineering and physics students and faculty described an irradiation fluorescence system they developed that could accelerate research in delivering very specific types of radiation in controlled doses. They also showed that low doses of specific, controlled radiation are safe for healthy cells.
Robots will have new, expanded roles in the future’s workforce, but only if people trust them to do their jobs. Dr. Yue Wang is building robots that people can trust, by teaching robots how to learn and interpret human behaviors and react accordingly.
Superbugs, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, are increasingly common as they mutate to bypass the large volume of antibiotics taken by people and administered to livestock. Thompson Mefford, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Clemson, is working with colleagues to use energy, not drugs, to kill bacteria. Nanoparticles can be designed to target specific cells […]
Dogs with merle-patterned coats are special. Leigh Anne Clark, an associate professor of genetics at Clemson University, explains why, and how. She studies the genetics of dogs, including dogs like her own, Watson. Among her various discoveries is an insertion in the SILV gene that explains pigmentation.
We see what faculty do. The results of their research often touches thousands, if not millions, of lives. But why do they do what they do? What inspires them? What motivates them? Behind the Research is a video profile series that answers those questions and teaches us about the researcher, as well as the research. […]
Radiation often gets a bad rap, but bioengineer Delphine Dean is studying how low doses of radiation could be used to kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells. A recent study, published in PLOS ONE, describes how Dean’s team used a novel x-ray florescence irradiation system to help identify the right energy and dosage to use.
CHICAGO, Illinois — Despite the many impressive discoveries humans have made about the universe, scientists are still unsure about the birth story of our solar system. Scientists with the University of Chicago and Clemson University have laid out a comprehensive theory for how our solar system could have formed in the wind-blown bubbles around a […]
CLEMSON, South Carolina — Former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson famously played in a 2014 game with a torn ACL. This season, he was burning up the NFL record book when the ACL in his other knee snapped, ending his season and breaking the hearts of tens of thousands of fans. The former Clemson University star […]
Teamwork and leadership are important on any mission, but when the mission is in orbit around Earth, or a multi-year trip to Mars, personalities and styles are magnified. Marissa Shuffler applies the science of industrial and organizational psychology to provide research-based solutions and strategies for NASA, the military and other organizations. A CAREER Award from the National […]
From choosing and caring for poinsettias to the plant's colorful history, Clemson offers expert advice in video and graphics for the country's second most popular potted plant.
While cell phones, laptops and cars become more energy efficient, the development of one important ingredient common in all these devices, and many more, has lagged: the batteries used to power them. A Clemson team is working to make more efficient and cheaper batteries by replacing lithium with more plentiful aluminum.
South Carolina’s position as a national leader in advanced materials just got a giant boost. A team of researchers from 10 universities across the state has received a $20 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to establish a new initiative: Materials Assembly and Design Excellence in South Carolina, or MADE in SC.
When Mate Adamkovics’ astronomy and physics students go on to brilliant careers, they can attribute at least part of their professional knowledge to a beautiful workhorse of a 20th Century spaceship called Cassini. After a 20-year mission spent studying Saturn and its moons, Cassini’s mission ended at 7:55 a.m. Friday.
In a nondescript industrial steel building not far from Clemson University's main campus, civil engineers fire two-by-four lumber out of an air cannon and test model buildings in a 50-mph wind tunnel to study the damaging effects of high-speed winds, like those created by tornadoes and by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.