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Process Converts Human Waste Into Rocket Fuel

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Buck Rogers surely couldn’t have seen this one coming, but at NASA’s request, University of Florida researchers have figured out how to turn human waste – yes, that kind -- into rocket fuel.

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Giammar Seeking New Solutions for Underground Carbon Storage

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Dan Giammar, PhD, is going deep into the earth to find a potential solution to store carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

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UF/IFAS Process Can Convert Human-Generated Waste Into Fuel in Space

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Who would've known human waste could be used to propel spacecraft from the moon back to Earth? UF/IFAS researchers responded to the call from NASA and came up with a process to convert waste to methane and propel spacecraft to Earth.

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How the Hummingbird Achieves Its Aerobatic Feats

Although hummingbirds are much larger and stir up the air more violently as they move, the way that they fly is more closely related to flying insects than it is to other birds.

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Streamlining Thin Film Processing for Electrodes, Display Screens

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Energy storage devices and computer screens may seem worlds apart, but they’re not. When associate professor Qi Hua Fan of the South Dakota State University electrical engineering and computer science department set out to make a less expensive supercapacitor for storing renewable energy, he developed a new plasma technology that will streamline the production of display screens.

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Spiraling Light, Nanoparticles and Insights Into Life’s Structure

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As hands come in left and right versions that are mirror images of each other, so do the amino acids and sugars within us. But unlike hands, only the left-oriented amino acids and the right-oriented sugars ever make into life as we know it.

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Moving Cameras Talk to Each Other to Identify, Track Pedestrians

University of Washington electrical engineers have developed a way to automatically track people across moving and still cameras by using an algorithm that trains the networked cameras to learn one another’s differences.

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Locating World War II Airmen Lost in Waters Off Palau

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During World War II, the western Pacific was a hotbed for combat. Numerous aircraft were lost in the waters off Palau, submerged for decades with little closure for the families of fallen airmen. Researchers from the University of Delaware and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, working with the non-profit BentProp Project, are using underwater robotics technologies to find them.

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UA Professor Developing Wearable Device to Track Diet

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Dr. Edward Sazonov, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Alabama, hopes to change that through development of a sensor worn around the ear that would automatically track diet, giving medical professionals and consumers accurate information that can be missed with self-reporting.

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Jet-Fueled Electricity at Room Temperature

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University of Utah engineers developed the first room-temperature fuel cell that uses enzymes to help jet fuel produce electricity without needing to ignite the fuel. These new fuel cells can be used to power portable electronics, off-grid power and sensors.

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