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Engineering students at Washington State University are developing an unmanned aerial vehicle powered by liquid hydrogen. The focus on hydrogen power came after the successful flight of a 55 pound battery-powered plane known as GENII. Hydrogen is environmentally friendly, but extracting energy from it can be a challenge. The plane employs a†PM fuel cell to convert hydrogen and oxygen from the air into power.†Unmanned planes could be used in applications such as farming, wildfire monitoring, or emergency communications networks.

 

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Researchers at Washington State University’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering are working to engineer safer sports balls. The group developed a virtual softball model

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Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University recently received grant funding from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to study the effect of Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS) on the body, and drugs to counteract those effects using its Organs-on-Chips technology. Organs-on-chips are tiny microfluidic devices lined with human cells that mimic the complex physiology of organs such as the heart, lungs, or stomach.

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Engineers at the

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Engineers at the Germany company Festo have developed a flying robot inspired by the dragonfly. Like the dragonfly, the BionicOpter can maneuver in all directions, glide, hover, make sharp turns, accelerate and decelerate quickly, and fly backwards.

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Engineers at Stanford University are working on a new space rover that may someday traverse Phobos, the largest moon of Mars. The researchers have nicknamed the rover the hedgehog, because in ten years its final form will resemble a spiky titanium soccer ball. Exploring Phobos is challenging since its gravity levels are thousands of times less than those on Earth. To combat this challenge, the rover will be designed to operate without wheels. Instead, the engineers have enclosed spinning motors inside to make it tumble and hop. The research team is

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A new activity monitoring tool known as Sqord combines computer games, social media, and exercise to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic.

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stop_signComputer scientists at the University of Texas are developing a traffic system that may someday eliminate the need for stop signs and traffic lights at intersections.

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textured_plasticA team of engineers at Duke University have developed a process that enables them to change the texture of plastics, for example from rough to slippery, on demand.

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Biomedical engineering students from Tulane University are workingwoman_in_wheelchair on several projects to develop assistive devices for disabled individuals within the local community.

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