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Burning calories for energy in the calorimetry lab

What is a calorie? While most people think of calories in relation to food, calories are simply a unit of heat energy. In fact, measuring calories is essential to energy science because every chemical reaction involves energy. Some reactions give off heat, while others require an input of heat to occur. Measuring these heat changes can let scientists understand what is happening during chemical reactions.

Using fiber optics to fight water wastage

Researchers from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering pioneered the use of distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS) based on Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (SBS) technology for monitoring water pipeline networks over long distances. At the heart of this technology is the common and inexpensive optical fiber used for telecommunications (which brings the internet into our homes) capable of measuring deformations to a hundredth of a millimeter.