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Bridget Cunningham | February 11, 2015

The impact of light in various technologies has been evident in the past several years. Recognizing its significance in shaping the future, the UN General Assembly designated the year 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies. We introduce you to a few interesting technologies in which light plays a crucial role.

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Bridget Cunningham | February 6, 2015

While the designs have become more elaborate, the manufacturing of stained glass windows has remained relatively the same throughout its history. We go beyond the beauty of the art form and dive into the science behind its production.

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Bridget Cunningham | January 20, 2015

On this day, 240 years ago, the French physicist and mathematician André-Marie Ampère was born in Lyon, France. Recognized as a founder of electrodynamics — or what is today known as electromagnetism — Ampère helped establish a theory defining the relationship between electricity and magnetism. We continue to celebrate the importance of his discovery in creating the groundwork for future developments in both of these fields.

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Bridget Cunningham | January 19, 2015

The use of 3D structures in the design of pop-up books is a unique tool that fosters engagement in reading. Within the scientific community, researchers have found a use for these same fabrication techniques in the development of new technologies. We discuss these “pop-up” techniques and how they have shifted from libraries to research labs.

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Bridget Cunningham | January 13, 2015

Could there be a substitute for indoor heating in the future? New research from Stanford University suggests that highly insulating clothing may provide enough heat that we can reduce or even eliminate the need for traditional heating systems. Today, we explore this research as well as other fabrics favorable for staying warm — and cool.

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Bridget Cunningham | November 7, 2014

In its inaugural year, Intel’s Make it Wearable contest received numerous entries from developers of wearable technology around the world. Here’s a closer look at the winners from this year’s competition.

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Fanny Littmarck | October 30, 2014

Figure skating is a beautiful but dangerous sport; repetitive jumping and landing on ice can cause a lot of joint stress. Researchers are working on “smart” blades to measure the force that is exerted on the ice. The data could then be used to prevent injuries.

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Bridget Cunningham | October 28, 2014

Nanoparticles may be microscopic in size, but their potential in shaping imaging techniques for biomedical research is vast. Let’s explore the properties of nanodiamonds and investigate new research that is advancing their role in observing and analyzing cell processes.

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Bridget Cunningham | October 20, 2014

While the earth’s magnetic field typically remains stable, studies have shown that irregular intervals known as geomagnetic reversals have occurred throughout history. Here, we investigate the background behind these flips and how a new study has provided surprising details into the most recent reversal.

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Bridget Cunningham | October 1, 2014

Among developments in space technology, next-generation spacesuits could be a pivotal advancement, helping astronauts move and operate more freely within space. Here, we investigate the research behind these suits and how they work.

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Bridget Cunningham | September 29, 2014

Underwater adhesives are used extensively in the medical field, helping to heal and treat the human body — a very wet environment. In their pursuit to design stronger waterproof substances, researchers have drawn upon the natural adhesives produced by organisms living in the sea.

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