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Image: 3d visualization of gravitational waves, courtesy of Henze, NASADetecting gravitational waves
A century after Einstein’s general theory of relativity, the existence of gravitational waves were detected on September 14, 2015 by the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington. Syracuse University physicists Stefan Ballmer, Duncan Brown, and Peter Saulson were instrumental in the decades-long research that led to the discovery.


Fact sheet: clean air and health benefitsAnalyzing options for carbon standards
Implementing cleaner fuel standards can prevent thousands of premature deaths in the U.S. due to pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter from electric utilities, according to research by University Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering Charles T. Driscoll. The standards can also promote greater energy efficiency and healthier ecosystems.


Graphic: vitamin B12Mixing up the medicine to fight obesity
For millions around the world living with diabetes, injecting medication is an unavoidable reality. Professor Robert Doyle is working on finding ways to deliver life-sustaining medications orally, with the help of vitamin B12.



Photo: roommates watching tv with mobile devicesRedefining the spectator experience
The hashtag and retweet have transformed how we watch television and influence brands. Professors Frank Biocca and Joon Soo Lim are uncovering the ways in which social media impacts how we engage with programming.



Photo: microchip plunging into waterUsing nanotechnology to cool tomorrow’s tech
Smaller and more powerful electronics demand faster, more efficient cooling technology. Professor Shalabh Maroo is using nanotechnology to find ways to make it happen.




Illustration: ammonites in the oceanExamining global warming’s impact on marine communities
Analyzing clues trapped in 94-million-year-old rock can help us understand what changes may occur in marine communities in the future, due to global warming. Professor Christopher Junium is studying how oceanic environments respond to anoxia (low oxygen), a condition associated with global warming.



Image: Neuron cells in the absence of a seizureInvestigating pathways to suppress epilepsy
Epileptic seizures disrupt and endanger the lives of approximately 50 million people worldwide, making it one of the most common neurological diseases. Professor James Hewett is searching for paths in the brain to help suppress epilepsy, creating an alternative to medication and invasive surgery, and hope for those resistant to anti-epileptic drugs.



Photo: grain as biofuelFueling the future
Biomass is an abundant source of renewable carbon that can be used to produce useful fuels and chemicals. Professor Jesse Bond is searching for ways to put nature’s assets to work to power tomorrow.