DRI is home to the DRIVE-6 Visual Reality Lab. One of only eight in the world, the DRIVE-6 is a sophisticated virtual reality enclosure with six projected surfaces that form all sides of a cube. This is where life-size visual reality prototyping takes place for such projects as casino design, wildfire experiences, desert terrain conditions, desert sand dune development, and mobility in mountain storms.
Efforts to coax a little extra punch out of the Sierra’s winter storms could soon involve the use of drones, with the unmanned aircraft potentially offering significant benefits when it comes to boosting the region’s water supply and putting more snow on its ski slopes. Hopes are high that nature will offer a decent snow […]
Pine-eating bark beetles destroy forests. Claus Tittiger and Rubi Figueroa-Teran think they’ve figured out a way to trick them into leaving the trees alone. The idea stems from their research at the University of Nevada, Reno. “We think we can make bark beetle pheromone components using a biotechnology approach that hopefully is safer and less […]
Good news apparently comes in twos. Just one month after Reno’s selection into IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge Program, Nevada is announcing another partnership with the tech giant — this time for improving research within the state’s higher education system. The Desert Research Institute (DRI) and Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced a new […]
Due to its increasing population, the State of Nevada spends approximately $6 billion every year on imported energy. Therefore, numerous lawmakers in the state have turned to an alternative, smarter solution for powering the energy – through the use of renewable energy that is locally produced. Nevada is blessed with over 250 days of pure […]
The economy may have been issue No. 1 during President Obama’s Town Hall meeting Thursday in Reno. But for people familiar with Nevada’s green economy, three things about the visit stood out: location, location, location. The fact that the president picked a homegrown company that manufactures energy-efficient technology had people in the clean and renewable […]
Radioactivity fan Taylor Wilson, who at age 14 became the youngest person to produce nuclear fusion, thought he had missed being a first-hand witness to nuclear history because he missed out on now-banned nuclear testing and the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. “This is my passion, detecting radioactive things and collecting them,” said Wilson, now 16. But […]