A plastic-eating caterpillar: New solution to plastic pollution

Plastic-eating caterpillar: New solution to plastic pollution

Generally speaking, plastic is incredibly resistant to breaking down. That's certainly true of the trillion polyethylene plastic bags that people use each and every year. But...
Tiny cages could keep vaccines safe at high temperatures

Tiny cages could keep vaccines safe at high temperatures

Vaccines and antibodies could be transported and stored without refrigeration by capturing them in tiny silica 'cages'. This discovery could make getting vital medicines to...
Dirt-free indoor garden grows a year of weekly salads

Dirt-free indoor garden grows a year of weekly salads

A new device can produce enough food to make one salad per week for an entire year—and do it inside an apartment. “The pumps are always...
Virtual reality could detect fall risk in seniors

Virtual reality could detect fall risk in seniors

Virtual reality could be useful not only for detecting balance impairments early, but perhaps also for reversing those impairments and preventing falls. Every year, falls...
People are still pretty jazzed about flying cars

People are still pretty jazzed about flying cars

A new survey finds that two-thirds of Americans say they would like to ride in or operate their own airborne vehicle. Forty-one percent of adult respondents...
This camera captures crazy detail with no long lens

This camera captures crazy detail with no long lens

A new camera system doesn’t need a long lens to take a detailed micron-resolution image of a faraway object. The prototype reads a spot illuminated...
Snapchat and Instagram are most popular social media platforms among American teens

Snapchat and Instagram are most popular social media platforms among American teens

A new nationally representative survey of American teenagers age 13-17 finds that teens have shifted their favored social media platforms and are now most likely...
Stanford’s new approach could accelerate design of high-power batteries

Stanford’s new approach could accelerate design of high-power batteries

Research led by a Stanford scientist promises to increase the performance of high-power electrical storage devices, such as car batteries. In work published recently in Applied...
Doctors perform world's first robotic surgery to remove kidney cancer extending into the heart

Doctors perform world’s first robotic surgery to remove kidney cancer extending into the heart

A surgical team at Keck Medicine of USC pushed the boundaries of clinical care by performing the first-ever robotic, minimally invasive surgical removal of...
Graphene 'copy machine' may produce cheap semiconductor wafers

Graphene ‘copy machine’ may produce cheap semiconductor wafers

In 2016, annual global semiconductor sales reached their highest-ever point, at $339 billion worldwide. In that same year, the semiconductor industry spent about $7.2 billion...

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