Michael Setzer Contributing Editor

Class of 2014


  • New ‘exercise coach’ will help physical therapy patients

    Using a program with a personalized user interface that tracks movement wirelessly and gives a score with feedback may soon become a reality for physical therapy patients. This isn’t the newest Wii game, however. Instead, it’s the work of researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh helping patients with knee osteoarthritis.

    SciTech | March 5, 2012
  • Manganese may fight E. coli toxins

    When multiple children died of an E. coli outbreak that stemmed from a Jack in the Box restaurant in 1993, the bacteria made national headlines. Millions of people around the world continue to die from multiple strains of Escherichia coli and other organisms from the Shiga toxin family of bacteria despite efforts by the federal government to fight the strain, according to an MSNBC article. To aid...

    SciTech | February 20, 2012
  • Researchers study cost effectiveness of storm protection

    Last year was plagued with monetary losses from tropical cyclones — Hurricane Irene was estimated to cost over $7 billion in damages alone, according to ABC News. With some scientists predicting an increase in intense weather due to the sea’s rising surface temperatures, it is becoming increasingly important to protect coastal populations. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon and Massachusetts Institute...

    SciTech | January 30, 2012
  • Researchers create more accurate photo-matching method

    Identifying whether or not two images are similar may sound like a simple task. While a human would surely be able to match similar images to one another, a computer lacks such inherent visual processing capabilities. Presented with this problem, researchers in the Robotics Institute have developed a new algorithm for identifying “uniqueness” that has yielded strikingly accurate results.

    SciTech | January 23, 2012
  • Researchers assess risks posed by nanoparticles

    Tiny particles, some 100,000 times smaller than the thickness of a sheet of paper, are playing an increasingly important role in our lives. Nanoparticles, as they’re called, can be found in eyeglasses, tires, and even sunscreen. Recently, Carnegie Mellon researchers have been discussing nanoparticles’ prevalence in the natural world and their potential to greatly alter the way we live.

    SciTech | December 5, 2011

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