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The new American hamburger…?

Twenty six bil­lion pounds. That’s roughly how much beef Amer­i­cans con­sume each year. We get it from some 33 mil­lion cows that are largely raised in cen­tral­ized, indus­trial feed operations […]

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Drive it to break it

Recent mechan­ical engi­neering grad­uate Andy Benn isn’t used to having time on his hands. Spending an after­noon playing tennis and eating lob­ster rolls, is well, unprece­dented for the former Baja […]

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The Super Bowl of civil engineering

For many civil engi­neers, the annual steel bridge com­pe­ti­tion might as well be the Super Bowl. It’s a big deal — uni­ver­sity teams all over the country spend many months, […]

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Metallic personalities

Civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering pro­fessor Philip Larese-​​​​Casanova has had a life-​​​​long love affair with metals. In his work in aquatic envi­ron­mental chem­istry, he looks at how metallic pol­lu­tants trans­form and […]

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A radar for emotion

Engi­neers are good at tracking things. That’s according to North­eastern grad­uate stu­dent, Sarah Brown. As a fellow of Draper Lab­o­ra­tory in Cam­bridge, Brown is col­lab­o­rating with researchers at both Draper […]

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Stronger than Kevlar, light as a tee-​​shirt, and cheap all over

Forty years ago, Dupont Com­pany rev­o­lu­tion­ized pro­tec­tive gear when they intro­duced Kevlar, a fiber made of super-​​​​strong, rigid polymer mol­e­cules belonging to a small class called aramids. Since then, improvements […]

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Alert 101: Airport Screening Technologies

Here’s a great video pro­duced by the DHS Center of Excel­lence, ALERT, or Aware­ness and Local­iza­tion of Explosives-​​​​Related Threats (what is it about engi­neers and acronyms?!). ALERT 101 is a […]

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Paper towels that pack a punch against bacteria

Of the three ways we can dry our hands after scrub­bing down, the paper towel method tends to be the most hygienic. When I asked chem­ical engi­neering pro­fessor and chair […]

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Dainty flower is relentless cancer killer in disguise

When I was in high school I read a book called Tales of a Shaman’s Appren­tice that I thought was going to define the rest of my life (I’ve always […]