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Engineers at the Department of Defense and NASA have developed a blimp-like airship forgrain sacks carrying cargo. The airship is comprised of a lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum frame wrapped in a shiny Mylar skin.

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Smart fishing nets being tested at Denmark’s North Sea Centre are aimed at reducing wasteful fishing practices. Nets currently used in the fishing industry are inefficient, causing many small fish and sea creatures to be killed unnecessarily. They also disturb seabeds, create pollution, and require a lot of fuel to drag across the ocean floor.The new net designs being tested employ wheels, making them less costly to pull, and less damaging to the environment.

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For the people of Lima, Peru access to reliably clean water is a challenge. To address this water in pailissue, some innovative engineers at†Peru’s University for Engineering and Technology have developed a novel solution.†They created a potable water generator that can produce 100

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Engineers and undergraduate students at Virginia Military Institute have developed a tickrobot that can effectively attract and destroy potentially disease-carrying ticks. A tube that emits carbon dioxide for 15 minutes is first set down on the ground to attract the ticks to one area.

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Engineers at Duke University have developed a new material that when applied to a ship’s barnacles on shippaint, can literally shake off bacteria.

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computer chipsEver had to bring a smartphone or computer in for repair due to a faulty chip? Inconveniences like this could be a thing of the past thanks to some engineers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

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model helicopterEngineering and computer science researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are developing an unmanned aerial vehicle that can collect water samples in dangerous or difficult-to-reach places.

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fiber opticsEngineers at Purdue University are researching †the use of ultra-fast light pulses to increase the speed and bandwidth of technology. As technology gets smaller and smaller, there will come a point where the components cannot be reduced any further.

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Shoes with no bodyThe invisibility cloak featured in the Harry Potter series is closer to becoming a reality, thanks to the work of researchers at Stanford University. The researchers developed a theoretical metamaterial that can interact with a wide range of light wavelengths and colors.

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Engineers at MIT are developing wearable tactile displays that may someday replace maps skinand GPS for their use in navigation.†Using the skin as a medium of communication, vibrations from a wearable GPS-linked device would tell the wearer when and where to turn and when to stop. The researchers are currently testing the displays on various parts of the body to assess accuracy.

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