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5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A light sail developed by Cornell’s Space Systems Design Studio (SSDS) could one day propel small spacecraft through interstellar realms.
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5 Ws: Robotics, Automation & Control
A smart modular yardwork robot that can blow leaves and plow snow as well as achieve reductions in carbon emissions at the same time.
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5 Ws: Medical
There is an urgent need for new technologies to improve the timeliness of traumatic brain injury diagnosis. Researchers from the University of Birmingham have a laser-based solution.
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5 Ws: Materials
Researchers at Tufts University have created microprocessor-scale transistors that can detect and respond to biological states and the environment.
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5 Ws: Energy
A team of researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) has created a totally edible and rechargeable battery, starting from materials that are normally consumed as part of our daily diet.
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5 Ws: Design
A two-passenger hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) passenger multicopter aircraft with NASA-proven thrusters for advanced air mobility.
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5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A new ion trap developed by Sandia National Labs enables scientists to build more powerful machines to advance the experimental but potentially revolutionary field of quantum computing.
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5 Ws: Energy
Rice University engineers are turning sunlight into hydrogen with record-breaking efficiency with a device that splits water molecules and generates hydrogen when stimulated by simulated sunlight.
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5 Ws: Test & Measurement
A new technology allows concrete to “talk,” decreases construction time and how often concrete pavement needs repairs while also improving the road’s sustainability and cutting its carbon footprint.
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5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A new kind of smart bandage developed at Caltech may make treatment of chronic wounds easier, more effective, and less expensive.
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5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
MIT alumnus-founded FarmWise uses autonomous machines to snip weeds while preserving crops, eliminating the need for herbicides.
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5 Ws: AR/AI
A haptic device provides finger tracking as well as textures, forces, heat, and cold in extended or mixed reality.
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5 Ws: Design
A team of researchers at University of Houston have developed a deicing spray in which detachment can be accurately controlled and accelerated.
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5 Ws: Robotics, Automation & Control
A team of researchers at Cornell Engineering has developed a soft robot that can detect when and where it was damaged — and then heal itself on the spot.
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5 Ws: Wearables
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed low-cost, painless, and bloodless tattoos that can be self-administered and have many applications.
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5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
A team at KTH Royal Institute of Technology has developed a new 3D printing technique that could be used to produce customized chip-based microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).
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5 Ws: Energy
A group of University of Texas at Dallas researchers have invented energy-harvesting yarns made from carbon nanotubes that produce electricity when repeatedly stretched.
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5 Ws: Green Design & Manufacturing
Researchers at University of Cambridge have developed floating “artificial leaves” that generate clean fuels from sunlight and water and could eventually operate on a large scale at sea.
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5 Ws: Green Design & Manufacturing
Researchers at The University of Texas, Austin, developed a low-cost gel film made of abundant materials that can pull drinkable water from the air in even the driest climates.
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5 Ws: Green Design & Manufacturing
As concerns rise about methane, a CU startup is working toward plugging the leaks.
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5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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A fully automated net positive submarine fleet, powered entirely on hydrogen, could help cleanse the oceans of toxic pollution. Developed by London-based startup Oceanways, the submarine was named among the...

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5 Ws: Green Design & Manufacturing
Wireless sensors inspired by Dandelions could be used to monitor climate change.
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5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A newly designed wearable magnetic metamaterial could help make MRI scans crisper, faster, and cheaper.
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5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn the Who, What, Where, Why, and When for an ocean battery that holds onto excess energy from offshore wind farms.
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5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
Imagine a tablet or Kindle that can display braille on command for the visually impaired.
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5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
About the size of a grain of sand, the flying microchip (or microflier) does not have a motor or engine.
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5 Ws: Energy
Fibers sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun into energy that could power textile electronics.
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5 Ws: Energy
The wearable device turns the touch of a finger into a source of power for small electronics and sensors.
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5 Ws: Materials
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The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is still a major threat to public health. Wearing a facemask is a step in protecting against infection; the new facemask also diagnoses the wearer with...

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