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Growing a Startup with a Big Impact From a Tiny Fungi

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A startup company working with Argonne’s Chain Reaction Innovations is designing a new form of activated carbon for use in filtration, chemical separation and biogas conditioning.

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Michigan Technological University, Yun Hang Hu, Graphene, Materials Science & Engineering, carbon dioxide (CO2), Battery, Supercapacitor

From Greenhouse Gas to 3-D Surface-Microporous Graphene

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Tiny dents in the surface of graphene greatly enhances its potential as a supercapacitor. Even better, it can be made from carbon dioxide in a novel approach developed by researchers from Michigan Technological University and Brookhaven National Laboratory. The process uses a heat-releasing reaction to dig micropores into 3-D graphene and could be a useful supercapacitor material.

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Engineering and Medicine Combine to Fight Brain Cancer

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A collaboration between two laboratories – one in Engineering and the other in Medicine – has led to a promising drug delivery system that uses nanoparticles to fight a particularly aggressive and hard-to-treat brain cancer.

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‘Origami Organs’ Can Potentially Regenerate Tissues

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Northwestern Medicine scientists and engineers have invented a range of bioactive “tissue papers” made of materials derived from organs that can potentially be used to support natural hormone production in young cancer patients and aid wound healing.

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Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering, Nanotechnology, Nanomanufacturing, Research

Simultaneous Design and Nanomanufacturing Speeds Up Fabrication

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An interdisciplinary team of Northwestern University researchers has used mathematics and machine learning to design an optimal material for light management in solar cells and then fabricated the nanostructured surfaces simultaneously with a new nanomanufacturing technique. The researchers fabricated 3-D photonic nanostructures on a silicon wafer for potential use as a solar cell. The resulting inexpensive material absorbed 160 percent more light in the 800- to 1,200-nanometer wavelength -- a range in which current solar cells are inefficient -- than other designs.

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Eclipse, Solar Eclipse, 2017 Solar Eclipse, Amateur radio, radio waves, radio wave propagation, Electrical Engineering, ham radio, ham radio operators, Ham Radio Citizen Investigation, MO

Amateur Radio Club Tunes in to Eclipse for Science

The Aug. 21 solar eclipse across the United States promises to provide not only a rare visual experience for Americans, but also a rare listening experience for amateur radio operators interested in how the eclipse might affect radio waves in the atmosphere. And members of the Amateur Radio Club at Missouri University of Science and Technology plan to tune in to the eclipse as part of a global research project.

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Hearing, Hearing Aid, Neural Engineering , Neural Network, Electrical Engineering

Cognitive Hearing Aid Filters Out the Noise

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Cognitive hearing aids that constantly monitor brain activity to determine whether a subject is conversing with a specific speaker would be very useful for the hearing impaired. Using deep neural network models, Columbia Engineering researchers have made a breakthrough in auditory attention decoding methods and are coming closer to making cognitively controlled hearing aids a reality. The study, led by Electrical Engineering Professor Nima Mesgarani, is published today in the Journal of Neural Engineering.

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biomolecular engineering, National Science Foundation, Chemical Engineering

New NSF Grants Support Studies of Viruses and Efforts to Reduce Pharmaceutical Costs

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The University of Delaware will lead an interdisciplinary team that has received a $6 million grant to probe how viruses impact microbes critical to our lives, from producing oxygen to growing food.

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Engineers Without Borders, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Missouri S&T, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Clean Water, Agriculture

Missouri S&T Chapter of Engineers Without Borders Completes Guatemalan Clean Water Project

After nearly a decade of work, a small Guatemalan village can now count on clean drinking water thanks to a group of student volunteers from Missouri University of Science and Technology. The Missouri S&T student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) first traveled to Nahualate, Guatemala, in 2008 as part of a volunteer project to design and build a public water system. On Wednesday, Aug. 2, a delegation from EWB’s S&T chapter is scheduled to return to Central America to mark the project’s official completion.







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