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Sensational Prosthesis: prosthetic hand with nearly human capabilities

Sensational Prosthesis: prosthetic hand with nearly human capabilities

Prostheses are artificial devices that are designed to replace missing limbs or parts of limbs and restore some of their capabilities. However, more than 30 percent of prostheses are abandoned by users because they fail to provide sensory feedback to

Can Flags Make Energy?

Can Flags Make Energy?

Jorge Silva Leon and a team of researchers at the University of Manchester recently published a paper in Applied Energy on a technology that generates energy on a much smaller scale than ususal—the microgrid. Powering the ever-expanding microgrid of mobile

The Future of Fusion Energy

The Future of Fusion Energy

The Future of Fusion Energy by Jason Parisi (YC ’16), a PhD student at Oxford, and Justin Ball, a researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, attempts to shift the culture of popular science surrounding fusion energy. For decades,

Jaime Teevan (TD ’98): Technology with people in mind

Jaime Teevan (TD ’98): Technology with people in mind

As an undergraduate computer science major at Yale, Jaime Teevan (YC ’99) sold her senior thesis to the company she had interned at the summer before. Since then, she has continued studying how computers can help people manage information and

Eyes on the Road: Designing sensors for self-driving cars that see through rain, sleet, and snow

Eyes on the Road: Designing sensors for self-driving cars that see through rain, sleet, and snow

The future of the automobile industry depends on the in­novations of imaging sensors used in autonomous vehicles. Soon, more cars on the road will be self-driven with greater ac­curacy and spatial awareness than ever before. One challenge of autonomous cars

Accelerating MRI: A novel sampling method to shorten MRI scan time

Accelerating MRI: A novel sampling method to shorten MRI scan time

Imagine yourself mowing a lawn. If it was a leisurely Sunday morning, you might go back and forth in neat rows to ensure that every blade of grass was evenly cut. But what if you were in a rush? You

Harvesting a Wide Range of Light: Computational chemistry & organic synthesis create a new light-absorbing molecule

Harvesting a Wide Range of Light: Computational chemistry & organic synthesis create a new light-absorbing molecule

Nothing is perfect, but often, nature comes pretty close. Photosynthesis, the process that converts light into electrochemical energy, is something researchers want to emulate. It happens to be the single biochemical process that sustains life on Earth, not least because

Holding onto Energy: New insights into lithium sulfur batteries

Holding onto Energy: New insights into lithium sulfur batteries

Batteries have revolutionized modern life. Now, there is a push for bat­teries to undergo their own revolution. The electronics we use on a dai­ly basis run on lithium-ion batteries, but a new battery with lower cost and higher energy density

Wrap it, Wear it, Robotic?

Wrap it, Wear it, Robotic?

What if there existed a gadget that could take an inanimate object and turn it into life? Researchers at Yale have been imagining and working on robotic skins that do just this. Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering &

Do Self-Driving Cars Have Morals?

Do Self-Driving Cars Have Morals?

With the rise of self-driving cars has come the grim reality that cars may have to choose between saving one life and ending another. Unlike a reckless human driver, an autonomous vehicle itself cannot be held legally or morally responsible