Curved origami offers a creative route to making robots and other mechanical devices

Curved origami isn't just elegant art. It's also a versatile way to vary the amount of force applied by robots and other machines.

Zirui Zhai, Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University • conversation
Nov. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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Smart concrete could pave the way for high-tech, cost-effective roads

What if roads and bridges could signal structural problems that need repair?

Vishal Saravade, Post-doctoral Scientist, Purdue University • conversation
Nov. 12, 2020 ~8 min

 innovation  infrastructure  civil-engineering  transportation  invention  concrete  innovation-and-invention

To be a great innovator, learn to embrace and thrive in uncertainty

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.

Todd Saxton, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Indiana University • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~8 min

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When states pass social liberalization laws, they create regional advantages for innovation

Inventors in states with more socially liberal laws on the books end up with more diverse collaborators – and more higher-impact patents.

Laurina Zhang, Assistant Professor of Strategy & Innovation, Boston University • conversation
July 9, 2020 ~8 min

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Lasers could speed up coronavirus diagnostics

A team of physicists, virologists and computer scientists are seeking to develop a coronavirus diagnostic tool that could deliver rapid results.

Mauricio Terrones, Professor of Physics, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
May 7, 2020 ~7 min

 innovation  covid-19  coronavirus  lasers  covid-19-testing  research-brief  invention  medical-test

Blue dye from red beets – chemists devise a new pigment option

A simple chemical reaction turns the red pigment of beets into a new, nontoxic blue dye.

Erick Leite Bastos, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

 chemistry  science  light  molecules  antioxidants  invention  mushrooms  pigment  blue  feathers  fair-use  dyes  colors  hair-dye

Blue dye from red beets – chemists devise a safer new pigment option

A simple chemical reaction turns the red pigment of beets into a new, nontoxic blue dye.

Erick Leite Bastos, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

 chemistry  science  light  molecules  antioxidants  invention  mushrooms  pigment  blue  feathers  fair-use  dyes  colors  hair-dye

Blue dye from red beets

Chemists have turned the red pigment of beets into a new, nontoxic blue pigment.

Erick Leite Bastos, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Universidade de São Paulo • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

 chemistry  science  light  molecules  antioxidants  invention  mushrooms  pigment  blue  feathers  fair-use  dyes  colors  hair-dye

Vaccines without needles – new shelf-stable film could revolutionize how medicines are distributed worldwide

Inspired by amber and hard candy, researchers figured out a new, needle-free, shelf-stable way to preserve vaccines, making them easier to ship and administer around the world.

Maria Croyle, Professor of Pharmaceutics, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
March 4, 2020 ~5 min

 public-health  women-in-science  film  vaccines  pharmaceuticals  vaccination  invention  child-health  solutions-journalism  cold-chain  vaccination-campaigns

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