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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IME) in London†is developing geo-engineering foresttechnology that can absorb detrimental carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere. Resembling fields of giant fly-swatters, the air capture devices are a thousand times more effective at absorbing CO2 than similarly-sized trees, which could help counter global warming.

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German researchers have developed a robotic rescue spider which could be used to spiderexplore dangerous areas after a disaster such as an earthquake. The robotic spider was produced so inexpensively using a 3D printer that it is literally disposable.

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Biomedical engineers at Case Western Reserve University have developed a method to engineer cartilage which could be used to replace that which is found in parts of the body such as the knee, ear, and nose.

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inkjet_printerChemical engineers led by Dr. Woo Lee at Stevens Institute of Technology have made strides in the advancement of printed electronics. The researchers have developed an innovative method of applying graphene to inkjet printing technology.

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water_dropResearchers from the University of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Engineering have discovered that an invasive hardwood shrub found in Cuba known as Marab?, can be used to produce activated carbon. Activated carbon is an excellent filter which can be used in the water purification process.

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An anti-icing system for airport runways is being developed by engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas. The design employs an overlay of conductive concrete panels atop the runway.

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woman flexing bicepResearchers at MIT and the University of Pennsylvania have engineered skeletal muscle cells that flex in response to light. This advancement may someday make possible the development of highly articulated robots combining biology and technology.

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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.

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bulletUtah 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.

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Structural engineers at the University of California, San Diego conducted a grand-scale seismographexperiment to find out how the inside of a structure is impacted when an earthquake strikes.

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