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Firefighters wearing their self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Peers, Public Perception Influence Firefighters Against Safety Equipment
Interviews conducted across the country by Drexel University researchers found that firefighters are often influenced by both colleagues and the public’s perception of them as risk-takers when choosing whether or not to use their safety equipment.
dancers Building Drones to Dance – David Parsons’ Choreography Brings Human and Robot Inspired Dynamics to Philadelphia
The Federal Aviation Administration has counted nearly 325,000 registered drone operators as of Feb. 8, 2016 – although this number represents only a fraction of the unmanned aerial vehicles currently at the fingertips of humans. According to the FAA, the average drone operator owns one and a half drones, putting the number of flying robots closer to half a million…but how many of these drones will dance?
PCB transformers, which contain chemicals like the ones in the study found to increase the risk of autism when there are high levels of exposure. Chemicals Banned Decades Ago Linked to Increased Autism Risk Today
A group of man-made chemicals used in some pesticides and insulating materials banned in the 1970s continues to linger in the United States, and new research by a Drexel University professor and colleagues found that high levels of exposure to some of them during pregnancy may increase the likelihood of a child being diagnosed with autism by roughly 80 percent.
Sheet music. Music Demonstrated to Alleviate Cancer Patients’ Symptoms
A review looking at studies on the effect music interventions have on the treatment of cancer patients found treatment benefits for anxiety, pain, fatigue and overall quality of life.
Map Find any Museum in America with New MuseumStat Website and App
There are over 30,000 museums across the United States – and now you can learn about each one, with the online resource MuseumStat, a powerful tool to better understand museums and their role in our communities. For those with wanderlust and a zeal for travel, the associated iOS app, MuseumFinder, will reveal what museums may be just around the corner through its location-based GPS search.
Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders. Q&A With Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders
University research typically is a fairly insular endeavor, played out at the department level with little cross-pollination among the various disciplines. Senior Vice Provost for Research Aleister Saunders is trying to widen that view. He has been advocating a university-wide approach to research, looking for those areas where Drexel can support and encourage investigations that cut across departments and disciplines.
fNIR headband Drexel Researchers Bring fNIRS ‘Into the Wild’ to See How Our Brains React to Google Glass
A group of Drexel biomedical engineers use portable brain imaging technology to measure how well people can navigate while using Google Glass.
bulk photovoltaic effect Making a Solar Energy Conversion Breakthrough With Help From a Ferroelectrics Pioneer
Designers of solar cells may soon be setting their sights higher, as a discovery by a team of researchers has revealed a class of materials that could be better at converting sunlight into energy than those currently being used in solar arrays. Their research shows how a material can be used to extract power from a small portion of the sunlight spectrum with a conversion efficiency that is above its theoretical maximum — a value called the Shockley-Queisser limit. This finding, which could lead to more power-efficient solar cells, was seeded in a near-half-century old discovery by Russian physicist Vladimir M. Fridkin, PhD, a visiting professor of physics at Drexel University, who is also known as one of the innovators behind the photocopier.