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Bridget Cunningham | September 18, 2014

From the addition of components to the use of new materials, night vision technology has grown tremendously since its initial debut in the 1930s. While the longevity and reliability of night vision devices have steadily improved, new research on graphene-based sensors for infrared detection may provide one of the most profound developments to date.

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Matt Milhomme | September 16, 2014

The main feat for any filmmaker is to captivate the audience into accepting a new reality, to entrance us in an illusion. This is particularly difficult for comic book movie producers, as breaking laws of physics risks also breaking the illusion. Animators of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 tried hard to comply with physics — and they succeeded.

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Linus Andersson | September 15, 2014

Picture yourself on a deserted beach, eyes closed and just listening. It’s a windy day in September. Seagulls circle around a rock formation, the waves break up into foam. It starts to rain, so you record a sound snippet on your cell phone for later. You consider playing the clip on your car stereo, but you don’t, because you know it just isn’t the same thing. Besides the breeze and the ocean smell, what’s the difference? Let’s talk room acoustics.

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Bridget Cunningham | September 12, 2014

When you hear the term hologram, what is your initial thought? Many people may associate the word with the rising use of human digital projections within the entertainment industry. Holography as a whole, however, has practical applications in various areas. Let’s take a closer look at how this technology works and how researchers are utilizing it today.

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Fanny Littmarck | September 11, 2014

Baking is just like chemistry class, except you get to eat the results. Today, we narrow in on one ingredient in particular: sugar. More than just a sweetener, sugar serves several other purposes in baking. For one, it keeps our baked goods moist thanks to its hygroscopic properties.

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Bridget Cunningham | September 9, 2014

Due to their hazardous nature, potholes are often addressed quickly using temporary repair methods. These short-term fixes tend to be inefficient, however, requiring additional future repairs. Infrared pothole repair is one method that could offer a more durable solution.

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Bridget Cunningham | September 5, 2014

Since their arrival on the music scene in the 1930s, vinyl records became a staple in the recording industry. While their use decreased due to digital recording methods becoming more dominant over the last couple of decades, this older medium continues to be valued for its unique and rich sound. Let’s take a closer look at this method of analog recording.

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Bridget Cunningham | August 29, 2014

Gallium is an element with a strong presence in the commercial market, particularly the electronics industry. Recent research has brought the spotlight back on this unique metal and its use in new technologies. Here, we take a closer look at this element and what the future holds for it.

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Bridget Cunningham | August 27, 2014

While the concept has been around for quite some time, magnetic cooling technology has only recently emerged as a potential method of refrigeration within households. Here, we take a closer look at how this new technology offers a greener approach to preserving foods.

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Bridget Cunningham | August 22, 2014

In a recent blog post, we discussed the growth in 3D metal printing and its impact on manufacturing. Today, we shift our focus from the industry as a whole to a particular technique that has been instrumental in the production of metal prototypes, as well as plastic, ceramic, and glass materials — even coffee. Selective laser sintering has taken the world of 3D printing by storm.

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Fanny Littmarck | August 19, 2014

There have been many studies of how specific materials are affected by hygroscopic swelling. Let’s explore what hygroscopic swelling is and the effect it may have on engineering designs.

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