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Engineering team working toward early warning system for bridge collapse
Crocodile smile, incognito from mosquitoes, future frequent floods and saving sea otters. It's "4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn't Hear About This Week."
In this week's episode, we examine e-tattoo technology for more accurate health monitoring; explore increased sliding of the Greenland Ice Sheet; and finally, we test ultrasound technology for prosthetics. Check it out!
Cornell researchers have discovered a relatively simple, low-cost method that allows autonomous cars to detect 3D objects with high accuracy
Researchers have developed a highly compact, portable camera that can image polarization in a single shot
Professor Jessica Zhang discusses the interdisciplinary nature of the Bioengineered Organs Imitative and how her research in mechanical engineering can contribute to the initiative.
A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn salt water into fresh drinking water
Rugged roach bots, squishy storage solutions, planting solar and Teflon-tested landings. It's "4 Awesome Discoveries You Probably Didn't Hear About This Week."
Mountain lions are learning to adapt to our increasing presence in nature, which sometimes results in the depredation of domestic animals, and a grim ending for both parties
Purdue University researchers have developed an augmented reality framework enabling average users to easily and visually program robots to perform real-world tasks
University of Florida doctoral student Victor Perez discusses more than 50 million years of shark evolution with the help of three teeth, culminating in the "ultimate cutting tool," a tooth from megalodon, the largest shark that ever lived
University at Buffalo chemist Timothy Cook is working with K-12 science teachers in Buffalo to design 3D-printed structures made from magnetic parts that self-assemble when shaken
Vanderbilt University paleontologists are looking into the evolutionary origins of the whistles and squeaks that dolphins and porpoises make
Scientists have developed modular robots that can perceive their surroundings, make decisions and autonomously assume different shapes in order to perform various tasks -- bringing the vision of adaptive, multipurpose robots nearer to reality
Scientists are leading a collaborative research effort funded by the NSF to investigate the performance of hybrid sliding-rocking columns, which provide the same support as conventional bridge infrastructure columns but are more earthquake-resistant
A team of researchers encoded their specialized knowledge into the computer game Foldit to enable citizen scientists to successfully design synthetic proteins for the first time
A multi-institute team of researchers has developed the most comprehensive view yet of lithium-ion battery electrodes, where most damage typically occurs from charging them repeatedly
Lawrence Bonassar, an engineering professor at Cornell University, brings new insight into the mechanism and efficacy of hyaluronic acid (HA) treatment for arthritis
Designing new prosthetic limbs and fitting them to patients is a slow, trial-and-error endeavor. Stanford researchers have developed a tool, called a prosthetic emulator, that could dramatically speed up the process