What if roads and bridges could signal structural problems that need repair?
Nov. 12, 2020 • ~8 min
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Most plastic recycling produces low-value materials – but we've found a way to turn a common plastic into high-value molecules
Plastic waste is a global problem. Now a chemist has developed a new strategy for breaking down the most common plastic so it can be not just recycled, but upcycled into desirable goods.
Oct. 23, 2020 • ~6 min
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OSIRIS-REx will touch down on asteroid Bennu, collect a sample of the dust and begin its journey back to Earth, where scientists will study it, hoping to learn secrets of the solar system's origin.
Oct. 19, 2020 • ~8 min
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Similar arrangements already support the National Park Service, the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies.
Oct. 7, 2020 • ~9 min
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Society has never faced more pressing challenges. Researchers are investigating how monetary prizes can help focus innovators' attention, creativity and investment on finding solutions.
Oct. 1, 2020 • ~9 min
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One small part of a human antibody has the potential to work as a drug for both prevention and therapy of COVID-19
Antibodies are great for neutralizing viruses. But they are big and bulky. Antibody engineers are now creating smaller synthetic antibody-like molecules that may be better for fighting COVID-19.
Oct. 1, 2020 • ~9 min
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With 3% of science Nobels going to women and zero going to Black people, these awards are an extreme example of how certain demographics are underrepresented in STEM fields.
Sept. 29, 2020 • ~8 min
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COVID-19 vaccines: Open source licensing could keep Big Pharma from making huge profits off taxpayer-funded research
Governments must embrace policies that promote sharing and collective invention to create and distribute a vaccine quickly.
Sept. 18, 2020 • ~9 min
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Many great innovators have personality traits in common. Comfort with uncertainty is critical, but passion, curiosity and a number of other learnable skills can prime you for an innovate idea.
Sept. 15, 2020 • ~8 min
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Inventors in states with more socially liberal laws on the books end up with more diverse collaborators – and more higher-impact patents.
July 9, 2020 • ~8 min
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