MSU planning for Fall 2021 that looks ‘close to normal’

With signs suggesting the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic may be over, Missouri State President Clif Smart recently posed the question: “What will the Fall 2021 semester look like?”

Smart, addressing the MSU Board of Governors during a recent meeting, was seeking feedback on how to proceed. He said higher education officials nationally fall into two “camps” or general approaches.

“Some institutions intend to have a fall semester that looks similar to this semester or last semester — in other words, sort of a transition or hybrid approach, still assuming we are going to be in the middle of a pandemic,” he said.

“Other institutions indicate they plan to approach the Fall 2021 semester differently, assuming that we will be mostly through the pandemic and be able to manage the pandemic in such a way that we will go back to more of a normal distribution of classes, less capacity

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Hierarchical mechanical metamaterials built with scalable tristable elements for ternary logic operation and amplitude modulation


Mechanical metamaterials (116) represent a type of artificial materials usually consisting of periodic microstructures whose architectures are carefully designed to offer mechanical properties that surpass those of conventional materials. These architected metamaterials mainly leverage the spatial motions, extreme deformations, multiple equilibrium states, and shape morphing of microstructures to obtain exotic properties and/or functionalities, such as zero/negative values of Poisson’s ratios (1720), thermal expansion coefficients (2124) and swelling ratios (25, 26), reprogrammable stiffness and/or dissipation (2733), controlled acoustic wave propagation (34, 35), and tailorable multistability (9, 36, 37). The latter property (i.e., tailorable multistability) is of rapidly increasing interests because of promising potentials for applications in information processing (3841), recyclable energy absorption (42, 43), and soft robotic

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Warp Drive Is No Longer Science Fiction

Einstein’s theory of general relativity puts a speed limit on all matter in the universe, creating a barrier preventing acceleration from below to above the speed of light.

However, an independent group of scientists, inventors, and engineers called Applied Physics recently proposed the first model for a physical warp drive, according to a recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal Classical and Quantum Gravity.

While this could make warp drive more than science fiction, it’s best to take the new study with a grain of salt — because even if warp drive is now mathematically possible, there’s no telling how long it could be until humans could use it to substantially shorten the time of travel between stars — the closest of which would take roughly four years to reach, at light-speed.

Warp drive is no longer science fiction

Applied Physics has announced the first model of physical warp

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