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BTN LiveBIG: Ohio State professor is picking up good vibrations

Sometimes the smallest things can make big differences. The sway of a bridge or building caused by wind is barely perceptible for most people, for instance, but Ryan Harne sees a major potential source of energy in what few others even notice. An assistant professor in Ohio State’s department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Harne has studied vibration-energy harvesting for several years. His research examines how the movements of large structures, like skyscrapers and bridges, could translate into usable energy. “If a bridge weakens steadily over time due to swaying, nowadays it’s quite common to go ahead and either retrofit

BTN LiveBIG: Iowa converts tall grass to energy

Throughout the state of Iowa, something interesting has been happening with farms over the past few years — they’re disappearing in the hundreds. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of farms fell by 500 in 2014 to a total of 88,000. This trend has leading minds in the Hawkeye state asking: How can we keep farmers in business? And the University of Iowa is working on one possible solution that has a real tongue-twister of a name: miscanthus. Miscanthus is a tall-standing perennial grass that’s grown in stature — both literally and figuratively — on Iowa’s campus.

BTN LiveBIG: Minnesota team wins top honors in energy-efficient home design competition

Students at Big Ten universities aren’t waiting until they get out into the “real world” to make a difference. Find out how they’re working together to create positive, meaningful change in this BTN LiveBIG series: the Student Section. Imagine you rip open the envelopes of all your monthly energy bills — gas, HVAC, hot water and electricity — and they all say “Amount Due: $0.” Sounds impossible? It could be a reality soon, thanks to recent energy-efficiency advances in home construction. And a group of several bright young engineering, architecture and design students at the University of Minnesota is leading the