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Video: Build and race a concrete canoe

By Lisa McDonald / April 24, 2019

Since 1988, the American Society of Civil Engineers has held an annual concrete canoe competition for student members. Take a look at the design process ASCE students undertake to create their canoes.

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Robot uses capacitive sensors in soft hands to separate recyclable materials

By April Gocha / April 23, 2019

Researchers at MIT developed a robot that can effectively separate mixed recyclable materials, using two flexible silicone “hands” to feel the difference between paper, metal, and plastic.

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Video: How to image a black hole’s “shadow”

By Lisa McDonald / April 17, 2019

The first image of a black hole was publicly released on April 10. How did a team of over 200 researchers pull off such a feat?

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Video: Transparent wood is not only see-through—it can store and release heat too!

By Lisa McDonald / April 10, 2019

By adding polyethylene glycol to delignified wood, researchers from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology created transparent wood that can store and release heat. They estimate this wood could be available for interior design purposes in as little as five years.

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Video: A library of rare colors

By Lisa McDonald / April 3, 2019

The Forbes Pigment Collection at Harvard Art Museums has more than 2,500 pigment samples. Learn how scientists and artists use these pigments in painting restoration and authentication, as well as the unusual materials some pigments are made from.

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Video: Smartphone smoothie provides look at rare earth content of phones

By Lisa McDonald / March 27, 2019

University of Plymouth researchers put a smartphone in a blender to quantify the materials composition of an average phone. They hope to encourage greater recycling rates with their project.

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Video: Search for an ideal anti-fog coating “heats” up the competition

By Lisa McDonald / March 20, 2019

ETH Zurich researchers developed an anti-fog coating that works by absorbing sunlight and generating heat rather than being hydrophilic, like other common anti-fog sprays. The researchers are collaborating with an industry partner to bring their coating to market.

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Video: ‘Tires as propellers’ for flying cars is a neat concept—but (probably) not possible

By Lisa McDonald / March 13, 2019

Goodyear released a concept design for AERO, a two-in-one airless tire that serves as both tire and propeller in future flying cars. Though realizing such a design may not be possible, it can trigger discussion about future directions for technology development.

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Video: Say goodbye to brick-size wall chargers—and say hello to gallium nitride

By Lisa McDonald / March 6, 2019

Gallium nitride wall chargers are lighter, thinner, and, in most cases, cheaper than comparable silicon-based chargers. Verge Science takes a look at the potential this semiconductor holds to revolutionize the electronics industry.

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Video: Gain a squeaky voice with helium—but maybe not like in this commercial

By Lisa McDonald / February 27, 2019

In honor of the International Year of the Periodic Table, we take a look at a recent State Farm commercial featuring helium—and dig into the science to see what they did and did not get right.

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