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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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Reinventing the Robot: Soft Robotics Could Be the Next Step

Reinventing the Robot: Soft Robotics Could Be the Next Step

A fun soft robot is changing the way we understand robotic limitations.

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Alumni Profile: TP Ma, PhD ’74 — Saving satellites, one semiconductor at a time

Alumni Profile: TP Ma, PhD ’74 — Saving satellites, one semiconductor at a time

Tso-Ping Ma, who earned his Master’s and Ph.D. from Yale University, has made his mark on the world. His work to develop radiation-resistant electronics kept the US safe during the Cold War. Today, he is inspiring the next generation of engineers to answer tomorrow’s most pressing questions.

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Organic Solar Cells Reach New Heights in Efficiency

Organic Solar Cells Reach New Heights in Efficiency

The old “solar cell” revolution has come to a halt. The types of solar cells that are now widespread were commercialized more than fifty years ago. Despite scientific improvements and increased attention to solar energy, the cost of conventional solar

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