Daniel Tkacik Senior Staffwriter

Class of 2013


  • Professor works to discover particles that may answer big questions

    “What are we all made of?” asked Thomas Ferguson, a professor in Carnegie Mellon’s physics department. Scientists have yet to find a clear answer to this profound and puzzling question. Many fundamental questions have been motivating scientists and engineers for centuries to try to understand how the world around us works. How do forces work? What gives things mass? And of course, possibly the mos...

    SciTech | November 15, 2010
  • Electricity-monitoring technology surges forward at Carnegie Mellon

    Every month we pay for electricity. The bill we receive usually tells us two things: How much money we owe and how much power we’ve consumed. We know very little beyond those two things about our energy-consuming behavior for that month. For anyone trying to reduce his or her energy consumption, not knowing how to reduce electricity usage can hinder his or her strategy. However, researchers at Car...

    SciTech | November 8, 2010
  • Study examines effects of geo-engineering to combat climate change

    The prospect of rising temperatures and global climate change has been a burden on the shoulders of scientists for many years. Whether humans are the dominant cause or not, the problem is still present, and scientists and engineers are searching for a solution. One Carnegie Mellon graduate student is studying the possibilities of geo-engineering — perturbing the Earth’s climate system — in order t...

    SciTech | October 11, 2010
  • Video game helps researchers determine protein structures

    Many people spend countless hours and large amounts of energy playing video games. To most, video games are fun and relaxing, although many others see them as unproductive. But what if there were a video game that was not only fun and competitive, but helped in solving complex and important problems to benefit health and science? Two Carnegie Mellon researchers have designed a video game to do jus...

    SciTech | October 4, 2010
  • Research café studies decision making and provides incentives

    Every day is full of decisions. Store brand or name brand? Take the bus or walk to school? Understanding how people make decisions would involve compiling massive amounts of decision-making data. But some researchers at Carnegie Mellon have come up with a unique solution: build a “research café” in the middle of a busy food court and allow the data to come to them.

    SciTech | September 27, 2010

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