Brooklyn Middle Schools Seal Top Honors at Robotics Challenge

The 11th annual Brooklyn qualifying round of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) robotics challenge, held at the gymnasium of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), was attended by more than 400 Brooklyn middle schoolers.The...

Biomimetic Robots to Help Nature

JFK50, a web site developed by the JFK Library to celebrate the legacy of President John F. Kennedy, selected Maurizio Porfiri, NYU-Poly assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, as an example of the scientific quest President Kennedy inspires. Dr. Porfiri discusses his bio-...

Research: Bench starters with fouls because they play poorly

All these years, we have been assuming that coaches were too conservative in benching starters with foul trouble. If you're scared they'd be kept off the floor, what's the wisdom in keeping them off the floor? Researchers have dug into this question, and found something surprising: The reason to...

Rethinking Foul Trouble

Across sports, one of the common criticisms of coaches from the analytical community is that they are overly conservative in their decision making. In large part to avoid criticism, coaches tend not to go for it on fourth down as much as the statistics indicate they ought to, for example. If there’...

NACME president honored by Polytechnic Institute of NYU

  White Plains, NY – Dr Irving Pressley McPhail, president and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), received an honorary doctorate in engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) at its graduation ceremony. Addressing the...

America's Most Diverse Colleges

...The most diverse schools tend to be clustered tightly into small regions where the population at large is highly diverse. Six out of the top 10 most diverse schools in the country can be found in the New York metropolitan area: Rutgers at Newark; City University of New York (CUNY) City College,...

Yeast and plant fatty acids produce durable recyclable plastic; conversion into biodiesel

  Dr. Richard Gross, professor of chemical and biological science at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), has developed a method for producing a strong, highly ductile bioplastic using yeast and fatty acids of plant oils. The findings were published in the Journal of the...

Biodegradable plastic from yeast and oil

A new technique using yeast and fatty acids from plant oils produces a bioplastic that is strong, highly ductile, and completely biodegradable. The findings are reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Like all plastics, the new material is a polymer—a large molecule comprised of...

How The X-Box Kinect Tracks Your Moves

Dr. talks with host Ira Flatow and guests about the development of the gaming technology Kinect — and how movement can influence players' moods. Go to npr.org to hear the full story. Transcript Excerpts 7min 22sec: [Dr. Isbister] Yeah, well, we got really interested in the fact that some of the...

How Wii and Kinect Hack Into Your Emotions

Editor's note: Wired Science reports on Katherine Isbister's, NYU-Poly associate professor of digital media, latest gaming research. Dr. Isbister is the research director of NYU-Poly's new Game Innovation Lab, which is expected to be completed by late winter/early spring. Nintendo’s Wii game...