Zhi Zheng’s robot is skilled at Tai Chi, and her research team hopes it will soon lead a class of older adults at a local community center. Zheng, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering, developed a sophisticated humanoid robot as part of her assistive technology research.
Motivated by the need to eliminate expensive rare-earth magnets in utility-scale direct-drive wind turbines, Sandia National Laboratories researchers developed a fundamentally new type of rotary electrical contact. Sandia is now ready to partner with the renewable energy industry to develop the next generation of direct-drive wind turbines.
Scientists at Simon Fraser University are racing against the clock to save British Columbia’s disappearing kelp forests for future generations. Led by biologist Sherryl Bisgrove, and supported by the Pacific Salmon Foundation, the team has developed a cryogenic freezing technique to store germplasm, or “seed”, of at-risk bull kelp in a biobank. This allows the team, which also includes postdoctoral fellow Liam Coleman and lab manager Silven Read, to preserve the local biodiversity of the species in case some populations become extinct off coastal waters. The collection of “seed” could be used to aid restoration efforts and advance research projects such as identifying kelp populations that may be better suited to survive in the warmer waters expected with climate change.
- Pacific Salmon Foundation, Mitacs
A new testbed facility capable of testing superconducting qubit fidelity in a controlled environment free of stray background radiation will benefit quantum information sciences and the development of quantum computing.
- DOE/US Department of Energy
The national laboratory is focusing research and expertise toward critical new carbon dioxide removal technologies.
While office buildings traditionally have been at the center of work for many people, factors including the COVID-19 pandemic have forced employers to reconsider the look of their workspaces. Three professors from the University of Cincinnati's Carl H. Lindner College of Business discuss the state of in-person work, what’s lost when workers aren’t together in a physical space and how employers are adapting their workspaces to modern needs.
As researchers study the genetic underpinnings of heart and vascular disease, they are creating new ways to screen, diagnose, and treat patients for a variety of heart conditions. Some are exploring how to better identify patients at increased risk for sudden cardiac death. Others are researching how genomic insight could help patients with rare conditions by using therapies that may delay or prevent heart surgery. Still others are looking into how to stop irregular heart rhythms after surgery, which may provide insight into new ways to treat atrial fibrillation.
- Journal of the American College of Cardiology
The World Health Organization says monkeypox is a global health emergency. Scientists use ultrabright X-ray beams and diffraction imagery to understand how poxviruses behave. This can accelerate development of critical vaccines and treatments for monkeypox and other poxviruses.
Colorectal cancer for people under 50 years of age has been rising in many parts of the world since the 1990s. Apart from diet, lifestyle, obesity, environmental exposures and the microbiome has changed substantially. Dr. Songphol Malakorn, a colorectal surgeon, notes that some patients only see a doctor when they encounter severe symptoms which greatly reduces treatment options and success rates.