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What's DARPA up to in 2017?

Posted February 08, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is consistently in the throes of amazing technology research that combines the best of academia and private industry to create projects spanning medical technology, weaponry, robotics, and more. Here are just a few of the programs expected to make great headway in 2017.


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Leaf-inspired Photoreactor

Posted January 14, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology developed a leaf-inspired photoreactor based on silicon rubber LSC technology and incorporating microchannels to facilitate solar radiation contact and flowing reactants. Researchers propose any medication might be produced more sustainably and cheaper using this "artificial leaf" system.


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Hydro Projects Could Boost Methylmercury Levels

Posted December 15, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Microbes convert naturally occurring mercury in the soil into methylmercury when land is flooded, such as when dams are built for hydroelectric projects. As a result, more than 90% of potential Canadian hydroelectric projects are likely to increase concentrations of methylmercury in food webs near indigenous communities, according to Harvard University researchers.


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Reproductive Harm Seen in Bisphenol S

Posted October 24, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Bisphenol S, or BPS, a chemical compound found in household plastics and food packaging, could be just as harmful to the reproductive system as Bisphenol A, or BPA, the chemical it was intended to replace, according to a study by UCLA researchers. In fertility tests on common laboratory roundworms, those exposed to either BPA or BPS had decreased fertility, but even moreso among those exposed to low doses of BPS. Researchers say their findings are a cause for concern, as the same reproductive processes that are disrupted by BPS in roundworms are found in mammals.


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New Method to Gauge Water Content of Drugs

Posted September 17, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Quantifying the water content of solid drugs is one of the most commonly performed chemical tests, with an estimated more than 130 million processes carried out annually worldwide. Now, chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have invented a new method of performing this test that they say is faster, cheaper, and more accurate than the traditional method, known as Karl Fischer titration. The new system can also be automated, thus reducing labor costs for pharmaceutical companies with potential economic benefits for consumers, researchers said.


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