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Harnessing the Sun for Clean Water

Harnessing the Sun for Clean Water

Yale researchers have developed a small-scale, solar-powered water purification system using nanotechnology. The design, created in collaboration with the Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems center, is intended to provide clean water in off-grid scenarios, such as rural areas and disaster zones.

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Hardware Security “Fingerprints”

Hardware Security “Fingerprints”

Yale Professor Jakub Szefer has received a National Science Foundation award for his project to improve electronic security. The research uses distinctive hardware features, found in our everyday electronic devices, which gives each device a unique “fingerprint” that can be used for authentication purposes.

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Upgrading CO2

Upgrading CO2

As global warming accelerates, researchers are exploring methods to mitigate these effects, such as changing carbon dioxide into more useful reactions. Yueshen Wu, a PhD student at Yale, invented a new method of converting carbon dioxide into a useful chemical feedstock.

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Printing Power Generators

Printing Power Generators

Researchers at the University of Toronto have designed a technology that could make solar cells more effective and cheaper to produce.

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Bat Bot Takes Flight

Bat Bot Takes Flight

The flight patterns and agility of bats have long fascinated scientists. Now, a team of researchers have created a fully self-contained, autonomous flying robot that weighs 93 grams, called Bat Bot (B2), that mimics the morphological properties of bat wings and has important implications for animal flight analysis.

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Young Professional Profile: Mika McKinnon, UBC M.S. ‘10

Young Professional Profile: Mika McKinnon, UBC M.S. ‘10

What do television shows, outer space, earthquakes and journalism have in common? Ask Mika McKinnon, a Canadian-born geophysicist currently residing in the San Francisco area; she has consulted on the television series Stargate, written for science and tech publications like

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Watching Your Health with Wearables: Detecting Illnesses with Smartwatches

Watching Your Health with Wearables: Detecting Illnesses with Smartwatches

The Snyder Lab at Stanford is working on an algorithm that uses medical data from wearable biosensors like smartwatches to detect when people get sick. Their research could completely change the way we diagnose and treat diseases.

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The Powerpuff Sponges: Sea sponges solve problems in structural engineering

The Powerpuff Sponges: Sea sponges solve problems in structural engineering

Deceptively flimsy, sea sponges may just be the key to stronger and more effective material design. Michael Monn and Haneesh Kesari investigated the structure properties of the rod-like spicules that give the sponges their shape and found that their tapered shape makes them 33% less likely to buckle under pressure.

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Unraveling the Chemistry of the Tightest Knot Yet

Unraveling the Chemistry of the Tightest Knot Yet

Knots have proven useful since the dawn of mankind. Drawing on this as inspiration, Professor David A. Leigh, along with his team at the University of Manchester’s School of Chemistry, synthesized the most complex chemical knot yet, and believe that it holds many promising applications.

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Fighting Battery Fires with Microfibers

Fighting Battery Fires with Microfibers

As a possible solution to exploding batteries, the Yicui lab at Stanford has developed a new microfiber safety mechanism contained inside the battery.

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