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Author: Matt Shipman

several 3d printers are lined up on a workbench; one of them is printing an object

Sep 22, 2021

Model Advances Understanding of Incorporating 3D Printing Into Supply Chains

Spare parts are a headache for supply chains. 3D printing may help. But...it's complicated. 

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Sep 20, 2021

Vaccine Q&A: Do I Have a Moral Obligation to Wear a Mask or Get Vaccinated?

What are our moral obligations in the face of COVID-19? 

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Sep 20, 2021

How the Pandemic Has Triggered a Cycle of Mental Health Struggles and Physical Inactivity

This cyclical public health problem has hit lower-income households particularly hard. 

cluster of bottles containing covid-19 vaccine sit on a white counter

Sep 13, 2021

Vaccine Q&A: Are mRNA Vaccines Going to Replace Other Vaccines?

There are many reasons mRNA vaccines are unlikely to replace other technologies any time soon. 

a long line of people are all looking at their smartphones

Sep 13, 2021

Researchers Develop Toolkit to Test Apple Security, Find Vulnerability

New toolkit allows users to test the hardware security of Apple devices. 

photo shows four different structures: a rectangle made up of many small cubes, which can turn into two different complex structures, one of which can turn into a large structure with cubes joined at the corners, with gaps between them.

Sep 8, 2021

Inspired by Metamorphosis, Researchers Create Materials For Shape-Shifting Architecture

The researchers envision applications ranging from construction to robotics. 

hand in a latex gloves holds a vial of covid-19 vaccine

Sep 2, 2021

Vaccine Q&A: Are COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Ethical?

What about vaccine mandates? And when can we vaccinate kids? 

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Sep 1, 2021

One Way Some Drug Prosecutions May Be Hurting Public Health

A new study suggests "drug-induced homicide" laws can exacerbate public health problems. 

A grey metal arch (the Alumni Gateway) framed against the sky. The image has nothing to do with the research.

Aug 31, 2021

Genes Can Respond to Coded Information in Signals – or Filter Them Out Entirely

The study shows how a single mechanism can trigger different behaviors from the same gene. 

hands in latex gloves twist a piece of clear, elastic material that contains liquid metal

Aug 31, 2021

Using Liquid Metal to Turn Motion into Electricity – Even Underwater

To generate electricity, just squish it, stretch it, twist it, or stomp on it. 

a diagram showing a complex collection of shapes in myriad colors.

Aug 30, 2021

New Design Kit Opens Door to Next Generation of Chips

The kit is being made freely available to encourage growth and innovation in the field. 

a shelf covered with vials of COVID-19 vaccine

Aug 27, 2021

Vaccine Q&A: What Is a Vaccine Booster? And Why Might I Need One?

Yes, vaccines work. And, yes, you might also need a booster shot. 

aerial view of a farmhouse, vehicles and outbuildings during a flood. all of the structures are submerged, leaving only roofs exposed

Aug 24, 2021

Human, Swine Waste Pose Dual Threats to Water Quality After Flooding

People in eastern NC face multiple water pollution hazards after hurricanes. 

night-time photo shows two lines of traffic, one moving toward the camera, and one moving away from the camera

Aug 23, 2021

Study: Benefits Outweigh Risks for Autonomous Vehicles – As Long As You Regulate Them

The potential benefits of autonomous vehicles could substantially outweigh the risks. 

multi-colored shards of material, resembling a stained-glass window

Aug 19, 2021

Envisioning Research Winners Capture the Beauty in Their Work

Research shows us the beauty of our world – and helps us understand it.