Video: Celebrating Hispanic scientists during National Hispanic Heritage Month

By Lisa McDonald / October 13, 2021

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which ends this Friday October 15, we take a look at a few Hispanic scientists whose research has made a big impact on today’s world.

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Video: Winged microchips may form the basis of future environmental monitoring systems

By Lisa McDonald / October 6, 2021

Most monitoring technologies involve bulk instrumentation to collect data locally at a small number of locations. An international team of researchers developed tiny winged microchips that could be deployed in bulk for environmental monitoring of a large area.

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Video: European Commission proposes single standard charger for many electronic devices

By Lisa McDonald / September 29, 2021

Ever since some major phone producers pledged to harmonize chargers for data-enabled mobile phones in 2009, most chargers are now based on USB ports and connectors. Now, the European Commission is proposing legislation that would require USB Type C be the standard port for all smartphones and many other electronic devices.

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Video: Turning brittle materials flexible by reducing thickness

By Lisa McDonald / September 22, 2021

Glass and ice are two materials known for being brittle. However, when glass is produced very thin—on the scale of micrometers—it can bend quite a bit without failure. Now researchers in China showed this same principle applies to ice as well.

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Video: An easier way to recover rare-earth elements from electric vehicle motor magnets

By Lisa McDonald / September 15, 2021

Batteries are not the only part of electric vehicles that contain critical materials—many electric vehicle motors use rare-earth magnets as well. Nissan and Waseda University developed a five-step pyrometallurgy process to recover rare-earth compounds from electric vehicle motor magnets.

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Video: An easier way to temper chocolate

By Lisa McDonald / September 8, 2021

Producing chocolate with a shiny, smooth texture and good “snap” requires a complicated heating and cooling process that, on the large scale, is performed using expensive machines. University of Guelph researchers discovered a potentially easier way to achieve the desired texture by modifying the amount of phospholipids in chocolate.

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Video: Green ceramics for sustainable housing development

By Lisa McDonald / September 1, 2021

Sustainable manufacturing is about more than just recycling—it involves rethinking the way we collect, process, and reuse materials as well. A university–industry partnership in Australia looks to develop apartments that are made primarily with green ceramics and other repurposed waste materials.

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Video: National Park Service celebrates 105 years

By Lisa McDonald / August 25, 2021

Today, August 25, is the 105th anniversary of the National Park Service. Learn about the history of this federal agency, the types of sites it manages, and how it is dealing with overcrowded parks this summer.

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Video: Reach your destination safely with in-shoe navigation

By Lisa McDonald / August 11, 2021

Navigating a big city can be challenging for people with visual impairment. A new in-shoe navigation system being developed through a Honda-based business creation program could help people expand their freedom of mobility.

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Video: Sand sculpting reaches new heights

By Lisa McDonald / August 4, 2021

Sand sculpting is a quintessential beach day activity. Learn the science behind what makes sand stick together, see the tallest sandcastle ever built, and find out tips for designing your own sand sculpture.

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