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The Octobot: A Soft Robotics Breakthrough

Although it may superficially resemble a small and adorable toy, the Octobot, as named by its inventors at Harvard, is a major break through in soft robotics. Most significantly, it is the first completely soft robot, and it is capable of moving on its own. The Octobot contains no hard …

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Newly Discovered Continents: Zealandia and Mauritia

At some point in our elementary school careers we’ve sung the continents’ names to memorize all seven of them. But now another question has arisen: how would Zealandia and Mauritia fit in? Zealandia Researchers found new information to confirm that New Zealand and some small islands sit on Zealandia. It …

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Surgery Training: A New Application for Augmented Reality

 The field of augmented reality (AR) technology is rapidly expanding. In July, the launch of the AR smartphone game Pokémon Go put this technology into the hands of ordinary people. And yet, it exists beyond the realm of gaming with exciting new applications that possess the ability to improve day-to-day …

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The War on Malaria: Genetic Engineering

Malaria has ravaged the Sub-Saharan region for over 300,000 years, causing 438,000 deaths each year. Mosquitoes carry the Plasmodium parasite, spreading them from person to person with each bite. The disease typically presents itself in fever, chills, and vomiting, while the more serious infection of P. falciparum can lead to …

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Deep Learning: The Power of Artificial Intelligence

As we enter the twenty-first century, mankind has gotten closer than ever to producing artificial intelligence, or in simpler terms, machines that are able to think in the same manner that humans do. Deep learning, a form of AI, is essentially data being processed through numerous layers of artificial neural …

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Pervaporation: A Solution to the Water Crisis

The lack of drinkable freshwater on earth has been a huge issue for a long time. Only a small fraction of the water on earth, less than 1% to be exact, is drinkable, and over the past few years, there has been a scientific race to find a solution that …

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Turning a New Leaf with Phenocarts

The process of examining and inspecting physical characteristics is known as phenotyping.  Everything that’s alive has phenotypes; they make up your appearance.  They’re the color of your eyes, the shade of your skin, and for plants, the height of their stem.  But for farmers and breeders which consist of over one …

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AquaBounty Genetically Engineered Salmon

AquaBounty, a small company based in Maynard, Massachusetts, has been receiving a great deal of attention. That’s because AquaBounty is responsible for designing genetically engineered salmon that get bigger faster while helping the environment. What Does It Mean to Genetically Engineer? We genetically engineer an organism if we modify one or …

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CUSD Solar Panels

Renewable energy sources are one of the great controversies of the 21st Century. Some Californians, as advocates of renewable energy sources, have connected the current drought with global warming. Others have been less concerned with trying to control the forces of nature, and have been more interested in the practicality …

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Topic of Theory: Why Do We Sleep?

Introduction to the Topic I am sure we must have all wondered: what is the point of sleep and why do we even do it at all? We use our body for most of the day; but we can just rest instead, right? Actually, sleep is more complex than we …

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