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September 13, 2011 | Student Opportunities

IEEE-USA is launching the organization’s fifth online engineering video competition for U.S. college students on “How Engineers Make a World of Difference.” IEEE-USA will present awards, in four categories totaling $5,000, to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. Students are challenged to create the most effective two-minute video clips reinforcing in a personal profile — for an 11-to-13-year-old “tweener” audience — how engineers improve the world. Entries must be submitted through YouTube by midnight Eastern Time on Friday, 27 January 2012. Learn more…

August 31, 2011 | Innovations

Utah State researcher Randy Lewis developed a way to manufacture silk fibers using goats and silkworms injected with spiders’ genes. The silk was then woven together with human skin cells by Dutch artist Jalila Essaidi†to create “skin” capable of stopping .22 caliber bullets fired at low speed. The “bulletproof skin” may someday help surgeons repair large wounds and create artificial ligaments and tendons.

August 25, 2011 | Careers

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August 18, 2011 | Innovations

Researchers at Stanford and Harvard universities have developed a new organic semiconductor material that may soon make flexible electronic displays in devices such as tablets and e-readers, a reality. Although flexible, the biggest obstacle with previously developed organic semiconductors has been that they cannot match the speed and durability of inorganic semiconductors such as silicon. The team of researchers was able to modify an organic semiconductor known as DNTT to improve its speed, which when tested, was 30 times faster than the amorphous silicon used computer monitors and flat panel TVs. One of the first applications of the new organic semiconductor may be in high-efficiency organic solar cells.

August 8, 2011 | Innovations

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed software that can transform digital photographs into animations of a person’s face. The software can show transitions between a person’s facial expressions or show how a person’s face has changed over time. The software is currently being applied in Picasa’s Face Movie photo application. Check out the video below for a demonstration and an explanation of the technology behind the tool.

Exploring Photobios from Ira Kemelmacher on Vimeo.

July 26, 2011 | Innovations

Engineering students from Brigham Young University have developed a human-powered drilling rig

July 22, 2011 | Innovations

Biomedical Engineers at the University of Calgary Schulich School of Engineering

June 29, 2011 | Innovations

Biomedical engineers have announced new technology which will enable the development of engineered blood vessels. The blood vessels have the potential to benefit patients on hemodialysis which requires that plastic shunts connecting arterial blood to venous blood be changed several times a year. This human-tissue engineered vasculature is projected to last three years in patients, and can repair itself, since it is made of real human tissue. The technology to develop the blood vessels improves over existing methods by using allogeneic skin cells, which can create thousands of grafts from a master donor.  Grafts can be refrigerated for months to be available for other patients when needed.

A team of Girl Scouts, who call themselves the Flying Monkeys have won the FIRST

An app known as SleepBot earned a team of engineering students the†top prize in the Go Viral to Improve Health: Institute of Medicine (IOM)-National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Health Data Collegiate Challenge.†SleepBot is†an app that†records users’ sleep habits and compares them†against potential threats associated with sleep deprivation. †The competition challenged interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students to creatively tackle health issues through the development of†web-based or mobile products that encourage community interaction.

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