Daily Archives: September 29, 2013

So Happy Together – Themed learning a plus on campus

Year after year, aside from exams, move-in day proves to be one of the most overwhelming and stressful days of the semester. What better way to ease the tension of move-in day than by joining a floor filled with other freshman who all share similar interests? Mines’ five themed learning communities provide this opportunity to the students lucky enough to be selected to live on the designated floors.

Isothermal Titration Calorimetry

Almost every student at Mines takes a thermodynamics course in their academic career. Whether the topic is enjoyable or not, Muneera Beach, PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics, explains the importance of thermodynamics in technology today. Beach works with a microcalorimetry. Microcalorimetry is essentially the study of thermodynamics at a microscopic level. This helps scientists understand the complex binding phenomena through heat interactions. The two capital methods of microcalorimetry are Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Isothermal Titration Calorimetry (ITC).

Red Eye

~In the distant future~ Nobody can break an addiction until they decide that they want to be unhappy. I have lived in fear for three years. The reasons for this fear will become self-evident, and you likely know them if you live in this time, but first I need to explain who I am. My…

Scientific discoveries this week: 9/30/13

Vienna, Austria
A new class of thermoelectric material may allow for more efficient conversion of industrial waste heat into electrical energy. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology created a new clathrate—a type of lattice that traps atoms and molecules in “cages”—that holds cerium atoms in a structure made of barium, silicon, and gold. When one side of the material is heated, electrons in the cerium atoms move toward the cooler side, creating a voltage between the two sides. The team behind this discovery will attempt to duplicate this effect using more economically viable elements to improve the material’s marketability.

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