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  • West Campus Street Improvements Alter Access

    Due to scheduled street improvements, access to several roads by West Campus Housing will be affected beginning Monday, May 8.

  • PowerPoint & LED Projector Enable New Technique for Self-Folding Origami

    Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Peking University have found a new use for the ubiquitous PowerPoint slide: Producing self-folding three-dimensional origami structures from photocurable liquid polymers.

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  • The Science of Defecation Could Produce Better Medicine for Constipation

    A new study led by researchers in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering finds that all mammals, from humans to elephants to cats, defecate in the same amount of time: about 12 seconds. That’s despite the fact that the length of their rectums can vary widely. For instance, an elephant’s is 10 times the length of a cat’s (40 centimeters vs. four).

    The study suggests that the time is consistent because of mucus. The substance covering the the large intestine is very thin for small animals and much thicker for larger ones. According to the paper, mucus allows feces to move through the intestine “like a sled sliding through a chute.”