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    The staging for tonight’s halftime show needs to be fully set up in the middle of the football field in about seven minutes. And that’s just one of the challenges.
    Date: February 7, 2016

    Resource Added: February 3, 2016

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    There is broad scientific agreement that the best approach to prevent global warming, melting glaciers, and rising sea levels is to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
    Date: January 31, 2016

    Resource Added: January 29, 2016

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    Despite this weekend’s snow, 2015 was the warmest year since records have been kept…and ice at Earth’s poles are melting, raising fears of damaging sea level rise.
    Date: January 24, 2016

    Resource Added: January 21, 2016

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    Engineers have come up with a new way to deliver cancer-fighting medicines. They’re disguising them as red blood cells.
    Date: January 17, 2016

    Resource Added: January 14, 2016

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    Hackers may have caused a recent widespread power blackout in Ukraine. Such massive outages might be prevented by innovations coming from Alaska.
    Date: January 10, 2016

    Resource Added: January 8, 2016

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    A simple blood test – done right in the doctor’s office -- may one day soon be able to confirm whether you have a virus.
    Date: January 3, 2016

    Resource Added: December 30, 2015

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    Even with the recent Paris agreement on climate change, a big hurdle to finding solutions remains…simply getting people to talk about the issue.
    Date: December 27, 2015

    Resource Added: December 23, 2015

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    Access to clean, salt-free water is challenging in many parts of the world. A new system may make desalination of water easier.
    Date: December 19, 2015

    Resource Added: December 16, 2015

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    Anchor Lede: Engineers are testing a new weapon in the fight against ovarian cancer…math.   Randy Atkins: Using massive databases with genetic information about cells of ovarian cancer patients, Orly Alter , a bioengineer at the University of Utah, says she’s found a way ...
    Date: December 13, 2015

    Resource Added: December 11, 2015

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    For extended monitoring of vital signs, soon you may not have to strap things to the outside of your body. You could just swallow a pill.
    Date: December 6, 2015

    Resource Added: December 4, 2015

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    Slowing climate change may require reusing carbon dioxide waste. But how?
    Date: November 27, 2015

    Resource Added: November 26, 2015

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    A remake of the hit ‘80s TV show “MacGyver” is in the works. It’s raising hopes of an image make-over for engineers and students’ interest in the profession.
    Date: November 22, 2015

    Resource Added: November 20, 2015

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    Kidney failure is on the rise in the U-S. More than a hundred-thousand people are waiting for transplants. For those who receive one, rejection is a problem. A solution might be…grow your own.
    Date: November 15, 2015

    Resource Added: November 13, 2015

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    You’ve probably experienced missing portions of a conversation because you “zoned out.” New research shows how part of your brain can fall asleep, even when you’re awake.
    Date: November 8, 2015

    Resource Added: November 6, 2015

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    Fingerprint sensors on smartphones are convenient, but they don’t always work and, worse, can be fooled.
    Date: November 1, 2015

    Resource Added: October 30, 2015

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    It sounds like the premise of a Halloween story…a lab growing thousands of mini brains. But the new technique actually holds the promise of curing diseases.
    Date: October 25, 2015

    Resource Added: October 23, 2015

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    Engineers are creating tiny nanoparticles that they hope will have a big effect on acne.
    Date: October 18, 2015

    Resource Added: April 3, 2015

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    Most animal tails are round, but a seahorse’s tail is square. Engineers want to know why…partly because it might be good for making things like robots.
    Date: October 11, 2015

    Resource Added: October 8, 2015

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    A book called “The Martian” has gone from self-published on the web, to bestseller, to a major motion picture opening this weekend. Its author is being praised for the story’s technical accuracy.
    Date: October 4, 2015

    Resource Added: October 2, 2015

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    As bacteria become resistant to our arsenal of antibiotics, new approaches to fighting dangerous infections are being sought…including using viruses.
    Date: September 27, 2015

    Resource Added: September 25, 2015

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