How engineering can contribute to a reimagining of the US public health system

A revamping of health care engineering in the US can help reimagine public health.

Woodrow W. Winchester III, Graduate Program Director, Professional Engineering Programs, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • conversation
today ~7 min

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Could lab-grown plant tissue ease the environmental toll of logging and agriculture?

MIT researchers grow structures made of wood-like plant cells in a lab, hinting at the possibility of more efficient biomaterials production.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~6 min

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Free online tool calculates risk of COVID-19 transmission in poorly-ventilated spaces

The vital role of ventilation in the spread of COVID-19 has been quantified by researchers, who have found that in poorly-ventilated spaces, the virus can

Cambridge University News • cambridge
yesterday ~6 min

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Concept for a hybrid-electric plane may reduce aviation’s air pollution problem

Proposed design could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent, a new study finds.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 14, 2021 ~7 min

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Laser-steering microrobot offers surgeons high-speed precision

Robotic engineers from Harvard’s Wyss Institute and John A. Paulson School for Engineering and Applied Science have developed a laser-steering microrobot in a miniaturized 6 by 16 millimeter package that can be integrated with existing endoscopic tools.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Jan. 13, 2021 ~6 min

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Inspired by kombucha tea, engineers create “living materials”

A symbiotic culture of specialized yeast and bacteria can generate tough materials able to perform a variety of functions.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

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How to turn plastic waste in your recycle bin into profit

Consumers can turn plastic waste into valuable products at minimal cost using the open source technologies associated with DRAM – distributed recycling and additive manufacturing.

Joshua M. Pearce, Wite Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~9 min

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