The College of William & Mary in Virginia (also known as The College, William & Mary, or W) is a public research university located in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. Privately founded in 1693 by letters patent issued by King William III and Queen Mary II, it is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States after Harvard University.
'Milking' brown recluse spiders for silk
(Phys.org) —Rabbit, a brown-recluse spider, is fastened to the proverbial treadmill in Hannes Schniepp's Nanomaterials & Imaging lab. She is restrained but relaxed. Her spinnerets are churning out exquisite ribbons of silk. ...
Ray tracing and beyond
Ray tracing is simple to explain at one level: "We all do it all day long: That's how you navigate the world visually," Gene Tracy explains. "The fact that I know that you're sitting there and not over there is because the ...
Monarchs and milkweed: Probing the plant, pollinator partnership
As dwindling populations of monarch butterflies prepared for their annual migration, two undergraduate students in the William & Mary Plant Ecology Lab spent their summer trying to more deeply understand the plants upon which ...
Creative adaptation of a quadcopter
They don't call it a drone, because it's not a drone.
Knock, knock, knocking on the proton's weak charge
(Phys.org) —The weak force is, for laymen, the least known of the quartet of interactions that run the universe as we know it.
James River eagle population continues its historic rise
Despite harsh weather conditions early in the breeding season, the bald eagle population along the James River continued to push forward in 2014.
From the smartphone to the Cloud and back again
Mike Panciera had already helped a blind man navigate the perilous fantasy worlds of video games. It made sense that the next step would be to design a mobile app to help the blind find their way through the interiors of ...
Study documents effects of mercury on songbird reproduction
(Phys.org) —Mercury takes a toll on the population of songbirds, even at sublethal doses. Research conducted on captive birds at William & Mary showed that reproductive success went down as the dosage of mercury increased. ...
Safer, more efficient, fusion-generated electricity is on the horizon
Fusion-fueled power generation has been the energy of the future for several decades.
Blue herons are nesting among the bald eagles, but why?
In February, the great blue herons of the Chesapeake Bay region will begin their nest building or repair chores and their mating rituals—perhaps in a tree they've been sharing with bald eagles.