New Tech Uses Hardware, Software to Train Dogs More Efficiently
NC State researchers have developed and used a customized suite of technologies that allows a computer to train a dog autonomously, with the computer effectively responding to the dog based on the dog’s body language.
Model Makes Designing New Antennas Orders of Magnitude Faster
Researchers have developed a model that allows antenna designers to identify efficient configurations for antenna designs in minutes, rather than days. The model is designed to expedite development of next generation “multi-input, multi-ouput” antennas, which allow devices to get more use out of the available bandwidth.
In Gaming, Player Behavior Reflects Roles – Even When No Roles Are Given
New research from NC State finds that player behavior in narrative role-playing games (RPGs) reflects specific character roles – even if the game tells players nothing about the character’s role.
College of Engineering Hosts 2 Events for North Carolina Science Festival
NC State's College of Engineering will open its doors to anyone with an interest in science and engineering during two events with a focus on nanotechnology, soft matter and microorganisms that thrive in extreme environments.
Metal Foam Obliterates Bullets – and That’s Just the Beginning
Composite metal foams are tough enough to turn an armor-piercing bullet into dust on impact. But armor is just the beginning of its potential uses.
How Forecasting Water Reclamation Use Can Save Money, Water Resources
A changing climate and recent droughts in the South and West highlight the need to make the most of our limited water resources. One of the tools that can help the U.S. make efficient use of its water supplies is water reclamation – but utilities and water managers have sometimes struggled to deal with public perceptions of reclaimed water.
New Tools Allow Rapid ID of CRISPR-Cas System PAMs
CRISPR-Cas systems are widely heralded as a new generation of genetic tools. But development of these tools requires researchers to identify the protospacer-adjacent motifs (PAMs) that unlock each system’s functionality. A new set of techniques expedites PAM identification — and early testing finds that many CRISPR-Cas systems actually have multiple PAMs of varying strength.
Metal Foam Protects From Fire and Heat Twice as Well as Plain Metal
Light-weight composite metal foams (CMFs) are significantly more effective at insulating against high heat than the conventional base metals and alloys that they’re made of, such as steel. The CMF is especially promising for use in storing and transporting nuclear material, hazardous materials, explosives and other heat-sensitive materials, as well as for space exploration.
Microneedle Patch Delivers Localized Cancer Immunotherapy to Melanoma
Biomedical engineers have developed a technique that uses a patch embedded with microneedles to deliver cancer immunotherapy treatment directly to the site of melanoma skin cancer.
Engineering a Better Necklace
Four engineering students have stopped looking for the perfect “statement” necklace, deciding to design their own – and to launch a company to make the jewelry available to everyone.