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What the microscope did to unlock the secrets of biology, the “chemiscope” is intended to do, to revolutionize chemistry. The ultimate goal for chemist Ara Apkarian and colleagues is to observe chemistry in the act, to see the making and breaking of bonds in real-space and real-time. Read more.

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In a tsunami, devastation is created by far more than the wave itself. Debris that hits homes and other structures plays a huge role in a tsunami’s destructive power. Engineers from across the country have teamed up to design and carry out a series of large-scale tests aimed at better understanding exactly what happens when debris strikes. Read more. 

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Working to understand how brain circuitry controls how we move, bioengineer Gert Cauwenberghs and his colleagues are hoping to develop new technologies to help patients with Parkinson’s disease and other debilitating medical conditions. Read more. 

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Imagine robots no bigger than your finger tip scrambling through the rubble of a disaster site to search for victims or to assess damage. Using insects as inspiration, engineer Sarah Bergbreiter and her research team at the University of Maryland are building micro-robots to traverse rough terrain at high speeds. Read more.

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Hoping to contribute to the next generation of robotic fish and underwater submersibles, aerospace engineer Michael Philen and his team at Virginia Tech are investigating the biomechanics of fish locomotion. Read more.

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Nearly 40 years of satellite imagery reveals that west Antarctic ice shelves floating in the Amundsen Sea are steadily losing their grip on adjacent bay walls. The research, by glaciologists at The University of Texas at Austin, suggests that the retreat pattern could potentially amplify an accelerating loss of ice to the sea. Read more!

Caption: Rifts and surface crevasses near Pine Island Glacier’s grounding line.
Credit: Ian Joughin, University of Washington
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Solar panels are becoming a familiar site in communities across the United States, but what about solar fuels? Chemistry professor Harry Gray and NSF’s CCI Solar are working to make solar fuels a viable option in the future. Read more.

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A team of mathematicians from San Francisco State University and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, has used mathematical modeling to uncover new clues to the three-dimensional organization of mitochondrial DNA in trypanosomes.

Trypanosomes are microscopic, unicellular parasites responsible for widespread, fatal diseases including sleeping sickness. This neglected disease, transmitted by the tse-tse fly, threatens millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa. Its western counterpart, Chagas disease, affects an estimated 8 to 11 million people across North and South America. Read more!

Caption: Network of oriented flat minicirles on a square grid. A tightly packed grid yields high levels of interlocking to form a large network of minicircles. This provides a model for the organization of DNA minicircles in the mitochondria of trypanosomes.
Credit: Javier Arsuaga, San Francisco State University
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By harnessing the power of microwaves, materials scientist Holly Shulman and her team at Ceralink are developing ultra-high-temperature, or UHT, ceramics. UHT ceramics can withstand highly extreme conditions, such as the heat coming out of a rocket as it’s launching into space. Read more.

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Our first instinct with infection in the body is often to find it and get rid of it. However, engineer Liangfang Zhang had another idea: create a nanosponge to combat drug-resistant infections, such as those caused by Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Read more.

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Researchers are using the NSF-funded, 10-meter South Pole Telescope (SPT) to make precise measurements of the primordial radiation known as the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The researchers have extracted important information on the dynamics of the early universe by measuring the small-scale structure in the CMB. Read more!

Caption: The South Pole Telescope measures structure in the cosmic microwave background.
Credit: Daniel Luong-Van, NSF
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With water resources dwindling as the population continues to rise, many communities in the desert southwest are proactively seeking to make the tough choices now, so they can avoid more drastic measures in the future. University of Arizona civil engineer Kevin Lansey and his colleagues are working to redesign Tucson’s water supply infrastructure to help meet the growing water demands, while using less energy and improving water quality. Read more.