Study demonstrates ‘cavatappi’ artificial muscles, based on shape of Italian pasta, exhibit specific work and power metrics ten and five times higher than human skeletal muscles, respectively, and up to 45 percent efficiencyNAU mechanical engineer Michael Shafer and graduate student Diego Higueras-Ruiz conducting a visual inspection of their… Read more
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In the English language, there is not one correct way to pronounce the word “pecan.”
In English-language-learning apps and tests, there is. That means students who pronounce it differently are assessed that it’s wrong.
Okim Kang, a professor of applied linguistics with a long history of research into how accents are… Read more
More severe and frequent fires in the Alaskan boreal forest are releasing vast stores of carbon and nitrogen from burned trees and soil into the atmosphere, a trend that could accelerate climate warming. But new research published this week in the journal Science shows that the deciduous trees replacing burned spruce forests… Read more
At President Rita Cheng’s recommendation, the Arizona Board of Regents on Friday approved seven Northern Arizona University professors to be promoted to the rank of Regents’ professor, the highest rank a faculty member can achieve.
The professors are Scott Goetz, School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber… Read more
Neurodivergent thinkers – individuals who, for example, may be on the autism spectrum or experience conditions such as Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia or mental disorders such as depression and anxiety – are an untapped human resource in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. The… Read more
Six Northern Arizona University students received awards from the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), a National Science Foundation program that funds graduate work in STEM disciplines at institutions throughout the country.
Four current graduate students received the five-year award, as did two students who will graduate this semester and start Ph.D. programs in the fall. The GRFP… Read more