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Nicholas Demille

Head of University Editorial Services at KAUST

Location icon United States of America

Multimedia storyteller and journalist

Solving the grandest of challenges

Some explore the kinetic energy of wind, gravity or water. Others capture excited electrons using photosensitive materials. William Tang, a principal research physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University, wants to power the world using the chemical reaction that stars run on—nuclear fusion.

Swimming with Jaws

A live interview about the secret life of great white sharks with the head of the Massachusetts Shark Research Program Dr. Gregory Skomal.

Growing more with less

In liquid form, it makes our home planet unique in all of the known universe. It is the most abundant compound in the universe, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as it is made up of hydrogen and oxygen, the first and third most abundant elements, respectively. Yet surprisingly, there is no unified model to explain the behavior of water from the macro to the atomic level.

A truly global challenge

A. improvisus was first described by Charles Darwin in 1854 in one of many monographs commissioned by the Ray Society of London. Darwin's mission was scientific, but many of the readers of the monograph were fueled by more pragmatic concerns.

Time in the saddle yields results

A bike theft might be one of the best things that ever happened to Mousa Al-Harthi. Like many young Saudis, he studied outside the Kingdom during his undergraduate years—an experience that exposed him to new scientific concepts as well as new athletic pursuits.

Tiptoeing to inspiration

Jansen is an anachronism. He's a relic from a time before startup culture made its way into our daily lives. He moves in the opposite direction. In fact, he seems to delight in the complete uselessness of his inventions. Jansen is the creator of the Strandbeests—a pointless herd of quasi-living sculptures. He himself said they "steal your heart and waste your time."

An algorithm for success

In October of 2016, NASA Senior Scientist Mark Carpenter packed his suitcase and headed for the airport. His goal was to explore a research question that had intrigued him for years: Carpenter wanted to see if researchers could harness the power of the world's fastest computers to simulate the movement of objects through three-dimensional space in lifelike, dynamic atmospheric conditions (wind, water, collisions, etc.).

Conquering fear with Steph Davis

Author and wingsuit pilot, Steph Davis, talks about the power of fear and how it affects our ability to succeed.

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