Category Archives: Invention of the Week

Inventor of the Week: Jonny Cohen (SEAS ’17)

In keeping with its ability to draw in some creative and talented young minds in the world, Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science has amongst its students up and rising Jonny Cohen, a Chicago native who has already been making strides in sustainable efforts and entrepreneurship. His invention, curved wing aerodynamic Plexiglas shields […]

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iPhone 5 – All the “Buzz”, but Does it Live Up to All the Hype?

After many months of anxious anticipation, Apple has finally announced the iPhone 5. There has been so much hype about this device and so many expectations – but will it live up to them? The iPhone series has been one of if not the biggest game changer in cellular technology. It easily is the most […]

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The rise of the color-changing robot starfish!

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This past week the New York Times reported the creation of new soft robots with camouflage abilities (make sure you watch the video linked in the article!). The research, conducted at Harvard, and published in Science as “Camouflage and Display for Soft Machines” involved building the four-legged friends out of PDMS, a silicon-based polymer that […]

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The laser-powered bionic eye that gives 576-pixel grayscale vision to the blind

After a lot of theorizing, postulating, and non-human trials, it looks like bionic eye implants are finally hitting the market — first in Europe, and hopefully soon in the US. These implants can restore sight to completely blind patients — though only if the blindness is caused by a faulty retina, as in macular degeneration […]

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Nanoparticle Completely Eradicates Hepatitis C Virus

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Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) have developed a nanoparticle that has shown 100 percent effectiveness in eradicating the hepatitis C virus in laboratory testing. The nanoparticle, dubbed a nanozyme, consists of a backbone made from gold nanoparticles and a surface with two biological components. One biological component is an enzyme that attacks and destroys the […]

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Bioinspired Robojelly Powered by Water

Virginia Tech engineers have designed a robotic underwater system that looks and moves like its living counterpart. Best of all, it could eventually require no external energy, as it achieves power by a reaction between smart metal alloys and gaseous hydrogen and oxygen. IO9 explains: The Robojelly needed muscles, so researchers used platinum-covered carbon nanotubes […]

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Mexican scientists successfully test vaccine that could cut heroin addiction

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Scientists tested vaccine on mice and found that it reduced their consumption of the drug, giving hopes that it could lead to similar results in humans. Photograph: Denis Closon / Rex Features Researchers at the country’s National Institute of Psychiatry say they have successfully tested the vaccine on mice and are preparing to test it […]

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Superdrug DRACO to the Rescue; New Drug to Cure Any Viral Infection – International Business Times

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An article from last summer that I found to be particularly interesting. A team of researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory has designed a drug that can identify cells that have been infected by any type of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the infection, reports MIT news. The drug will supposedly fight viruses as […]

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What, Exactly, Is an Ultrabook? | Popular Science

What, Exactly, Is an Ultrabook? | Popular Science. These are the new generation of netbooks that are more powerful, powered by batteries that can power larger screens while keeping the battery life strong.

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Drug Seen to Curtail Cancer Left in Prostate

Fewer than 10 percent of the 100,000 men each year who get a diagnosis of early-stage prostate cancer and have the option of leaving the cancer in place while watching it actually do so. The rest want to just get rid of it, with surgery or radiation. But those treatments can have serious side effects like impotence and incontinence… Continue reading […]

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