Harvesting Kinetic Energy Through Linear Alternation

Harvesting Kinetic Energy Through Linear Alternation by Seth Woodbury, Lochlyn Reed, and Max Eyster Abstract The focus of this research was to harness human kinetics as an alternative energy source. Two body parts (shoulder and calf) of 20 randomly selected subjects were tested with a modified accelerometer that measured movement in all three dimensions which ultimately concluded the calf generates the most movement. A linear alternator was created to fit on the calf and utilize […]

Implementation and Feasibility of Artificial Muscles in Prosthesis

Implementation and Feasibility of Artificial Muscles in Prosthesis by Brady Russell Abstract Artificial Muscles (electroactive polymers, dielectric elastomers, etc.) have been looked at for potential use in prosthesis and orthotics. The purpose of this research is to look at the feasibility of using these current technologies, especially in their respective ability for load bearing capacity and power consumption. My focus was on three types of artificial muscles: Peano-HASEL actuators, McKibben actuators, and dielectric elastomers. All of […]

The HLA-DQB1 gene and its relationship with narcolepsy

Jose Antonio Muñoz-Arteaga, Clara Villamil-Castañeda, Alma Laura-Dávila and Benjamín Hernández-Campuzano Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Cuernavaca Morelos Abstract Narcolepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that causes irregular sleep-wake cycles, sleep attacks, muscle paralysis, excessive sleepiness during daytime, and hallucinations. It is a fairly uncommon condition, estimated to affect around 1 of 1200 people. It is not a long-term physically threatening condition by itself, but the loss of consciousness during activities such as walking […]

Rate of Allogrooming Vigilance in Ant Species as it Relates to Exoskeleton Morphology

Michael Taffe*, Susan Goethals, Clint Penick, Ph.D., Adrian Smith, Ph.D. *Corresponding Author: michaeltaffe3@gmail.com Cardinal Gibbons High School, 1401 Edwards Mill Rd. Raleigh, NC 27603 Abstract: Although extensive research has been performed on allogrooming behavior in mammals and birds, very little has been done on the allogrooming behaviors of insects. Ant allogrooming behavior is believed to contribute to the overall health of the colony due to their use of phenylacetic acid in grooming activities. This study […]

Examining the Efficacy of Hydrosols of Medicinal Plants Endemic to Guam Against Staphylococcus aureus

St. John’s School Guam Alice Yi Abstract Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a bacterium that is commonly found on our epidermis. However, when one has an open wound, S. aureus can enter the wounds and cause severe infections. Unfortunately, certain strains of S. aureus has become resistant to penicillin, the antibiotic commonly used to treat S. aureus infections. As antibiotic-resistant bacteria increases, scientists have studied the effects of medicinal plant extracts against S. aureus, as […]