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From forecasting shuttle re-entry to medical procedure outcomes, engineers are working fast to create computer models we can trust

From forecasting shuttle re-entry to medical procedure outcomes, engineers are working fast to create computer models we can trust

Days before the space shuttle Columbia began its ill-fated return to Earth on Feb. 1, 2003, NASA engineers tried to evaluate the severity of damage sustained two weeks before, when a piece of foam had struck the shuttle during takeoff and damaged its thermal protection system. Engineering and computational researchers at The University of Texas…   » Continue Reading

Physicist and engineer’s device could provide cheap and early detection of earthquakes, lung cancer and infant lactose intolerance

Physicist and engineer’s device could provide cheap and early detection of earthquakes, lung cancer and infant lactose intolerance

Manfred Fink didn’t set out to build a device that could cheaply test for earthquakes, lung cancer and lactose intolerance. Fink, a professor of physics in the College of Natural Sciences, set out to do the kind of thing that an experimental physicist might do — try to pin down the rest mass of the…   » Continue Reading