UCF and NASA Study Using Martian Soil to Build Human Habitats

UCF and NASA Study Using Martian Soil to Build Human Habitats

It’s hard enough to transport humans to Mars. But once they get there, where will they live? A University of Central Florida professor is working with NASA to figure out a way to extract metals from the Martian soil – metals that could be fed into a 3-D printer to produce the components of a […]

For the Love of Halley’s Comet, Researcher Ready for OSIRIS-REx Mission

The beauty of Halley’s Comet streaking through the night sky in 1986 is responsible for launching Yan Fernandez’s career, which next month puts him smack in the middle of a historic NASA mission to explore a nearby asteroid. The University of Central Florida associate professor of physics is one of the scientists working on the […]

Visual Artists Use Computers, Other Objects as Canvas

During his senior year at UCF, Joe Rosa, ’11, knew he didn’t want to be just another name on a resume, which could easily end up being filed away or thrown in the trash. So, in September 2010, he asked classmates Heather Knott, ’11, and Chris Brown, ’11, if they wanted to start a digital […]

Chasing Earthbound Dust Clouds to Help Protect Astronauts, Alien Worlds

University of Central Florida student Fernando Valbuena spent his summer as an intern working on a scientific instrument to help scientists determine how dust storms transport potentially dangerous microscopic organisms across thousands of miles. He spent winter break eagerly awaiting early results. The research team, led by University of Florida professor Andrew Schuerger, hopes to […]


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This UCF-Designed Tech is Amazing

A team of UCF scientists has developed a new process for creating flexible supercapacitors that can store more energy and be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading. The novel method from the University of Central Florida’s NanoScience Technology Center could eventually revolutionize technology as varied as mobile phones and electric vehicles. “If they were to replace the batteries with these supercapacitors, you could charge your mobile phone in a few seconds and you wouldn’t need to charge it again for over a week,” said Nitin Choudhary, a postdoctoral associate who conducted much of the research.