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Self-Righting Robots Inspired by Beetles
Mechanical engineers and entomologists team up on bio-inspired design.
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INFOGRAPHIC – How Technology is Providing Solutions for Clean Water
Dealing with the current water crisis by improving desalinization, irrigation and wastewater.
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Smartfoam Helmets Measure Impacts in Real Time
Replacing regular padding in football helmets helps generate data on concussions.
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Getting Zapped with Protons - Good if You Have Cancer
Proton beam therapy is on the rise. Advanced Oncotherapy compact design aims to reduce cost of lifes...
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FirePit Combusts Without the Smoke
BioLite has developed an airflow injected fire pit that efficiently burns fuel.
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New Turbine Design Converts Ocean Waves into Clean Energy
Replacing wave breakers with “intelligent” tetrapods could generate energy, protect coastlines.
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First Study on Drone-Related Injuries Demonstrates Wide Variety of Risks
FAA-approved UAS test is the first to offer quantitative data on injury risk of drone-human collisio...
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3D Printing High-Strength Aluminum for Aircraft and Auto Parts
70-year-old nucleation theory solves 100-year-old problem on a 21st century machine.
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Soft Actuators Signal a Step Toward Artificial Muscles
3D-printed muscle solves long-standing issue in soft robotics.
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A Major Leap Toward Global Quantum Internet
Using an erbium-doped crystal, researchers prove quantum internet could connect to fiber optics.
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Introducing Waterproof Solar Cells
Photovoltaic cells sealed with acrylic-based elastomer for longer lifespan.
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DNA Robot Sorts Molecules Autonomously
Molecular machines perform cargo-sorting tasks on a DNA origami surface.
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Getting a Look at Corrosion in Real Time
UCSB chemical engineering researchers get a nanoscale glimpse of crevice and pitting corrosion as it...
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Printable Structures Fold Themselves Without External Stimulus
MIT develops expanding polymer that enables self-folding without heating or immersion in water.
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PLANETS Foundation Is Building New Telescope
ExoLife Finder telescope will search for life in the exoplanets.
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Modular Robots That can Merge, Split and Self-Heal
Using AI and engineering to develop self-reconfiguring mobile modular robots that retain full sensor...
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Flying Fish UAAV Goes From Water to Air
Fixed-wing, unmanned vehicle autonomously operates underwater and can make the transition to fly int...
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3D-Printed Biomaterials Degrade on Demand
Stereolithography technique has applications in microfluidics and artificial tissues.
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Radiative Sky Cooling Panels Make Strides Toward Commercial Viability
Passive technique transfers heat with low power cost.
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Robot Production Takes a Simplified Turn with MIT’s Interactive Robogami
Intuitive system allows non-experts to design robots easily, quickly and cheaply.
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