Georgia State University rare materials

An unexpected discovery in Middle Georgia: Rare-earth elements used in everything from smartphones to X-ray machines

When Georgia State University graduate student Danny Gardner looked into materials mined near the town of Sandersville he discovered an incredibly high concentration of kaolin and valuable rare-earth elements used in cellphones, computers, television screens, fiber optics, and x-ray machines.

Emory Proton Therapy Center opens, bringing a new-age tool to the battle with cancer

When the Emory Proton Therapy Center opened its doors on Thursday, it was already a symbol of triumph over challenges. The center—which provides proton therapy to treat cancer and is especially beneficial for treating tumors of the lungs, back and spine, and head and neck—is the first and only facility of its kind in the state. There are 29 other such centers in the United States and another 23 under construction or in planning stages. With five treatment rooms, Emory’s center is among the largest.
The Farm Battery Atlanta

At the Farm, Comcast’s startup accelerator at the Battery, entrepreneurs are working to break into the Atlanta’s tech scene

Inside an office at the Comcast Regional Headquarters at the Battery at SunTrust Park is a group of local entrepreneurs who are hoping to position themselves at the forefront of Atlanta’s innovative tech scene.
Magnus Egerstedt

Georgia Tech’s Robotarium is “a shining beacon of robotic awesomeness”

The Robotarium is an open-access lab with swarm robots, or robots in large quantities. Palm-sized robots roll—and plate-sized ones fly in the middle of the room where anyone in the world can remotely run experiments on the lab’s robots, simply by uploading code to the Robotarium’s website.
Renewable Energy

Atlanta leaders want to power the city with 100 percent clean energy by 2035. Can it be done?

Can a growing urban center of Atlanta’s size really part ways with fossil fuels in the next 17 years? Yes, experts say. But it won’t be easy. It'll take a combined effort with local businesses and energy providers such as Georgia Power, the state’s largest utility and the sole electricity provider for metro Atlanta.
Georgia opioid crisis

At the nation’s largest opioid conference, Georgians call for new ways to battle the epidemic

This week people from Atlanta to Alaska traveled to the Hyatt Regency for the 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, the country’s largest conference devoted to the opioid crisis.
GSU treasured trash

At Georgia State, centuries-old trash reveals how Atlantans used to live

Civil War bullets. Wooden dice. Glass bottles of a then novel elixir called Coca-Cola. The Phoenix Project is researching the stories behind the approximately 100,000 pieces of trash, trinkets, and treasure that fill roughly 400 bankers boxes in Georgia State University’s Kell Hall.
Coyotoes

Coyote howls have you cowering? Don’t fear, says this Atlanta advocacy group

Coyotes have been documented in every county in Georgia. Last year, concerns prompted state officials to launch the Georgia Coyote Challenge, a program to trap or kill more of the animals. But the Atlanta Coyote Project believes the program is inhumane and counterproductive.
Dr. Donald Hopkins

Dr. Donald Hopkins helped wipe smallpox from the planet. He won’t rest until he’s done the same for Guinea worm disease.

As special advisor for Guinea worm eradication at the Atlanta-based Carter Center, Hopkins insists the end is close and says he won’t retire until Guinea worm is completely wiped from the planet. “There’s no way I can stop,” he says. “I've got the tiger by the tail and I can’t let go.”
SunTrust Park rain delays

Why so many Atlanta Braves rain delays? Science could explain.

Atlanta Braves home games have faced plenty of rain delays since the move to Cobb County. Why? A recent University of North Carolina and University of Georgia study about rainfall patterns around Atlanta could hold a clue.

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