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    Wesley Harris
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Dr. Wesley Harris is a member of the Committee on Grand Challenges for Engineering.
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Solar Impulse completes epic flight to Hawaii August 25, 2015

Solar Impulse, the aeroplane that is powered only by the sun, has landed in Hawaii after making a historic 7,200km flight across the Pacific from Japan.

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Engineering Academies in the U.S., United Kingdom, and China Announce 2015 Global Grand Challenges Summit August 25, 2015

In collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Royal Academy of Engineering, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering today announced the second biennial Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS). The summit will be held in Beijing on Sept. 15 and 16, 2015.

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Engineers create emergency origami bridge August 25, 2015

Engineers have successfully tested a mobile bridge based on origami that could be deployed in disaster zones

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Michigan researchers create virtual reality 'MATRIX' with unreal engine August 25, 2015

Infinite space in a 10-foot x 10-foot room

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Carbon nanotube implants could help diagnose medical conditions August 25, 2015

By sending a signal when they encounter certain molecules in your body

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Drug can stop radiation poisoning up to 24 hours after exposure August 25, 2015

A new tool for emergency medicine

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Inflatable Habitats Tent Will Allow Astronauts to Camp On The Moon August 25, 2015

Astronauts have walked on it, roamed it and explored it. Now, they might be able to camp and hang out on it for days at a time to make their trips all the more worthwhile.

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3D color images of the brain reveal its glorious unseen detail August 25, 2015

A huge undertaking that could help researchers visualize neurological diseases

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Super Strong Magnetic Fields Could Be the Key to Our Nuclear Fusion Future August 25, 2015

The era of true nuclear fusion may be fast approaching thanks to some cutting-edge work from MIT. While fusion has been demonstrated before, it's always used more energy than it's created. But finding a new way to apply a strong magnetic field to a prototype device, the MIT team has learned how to better contain super-hot plasma, and that's a step towards practical application.

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U.S. Engineering Schools to Educate 20,000 Students to Meet Grand Challenges April 17, 2015

President Barack Obama greets science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) leaders including NAE President C. D. Mote Jr. during the 2015 White House Science Fair, in the Map Room of the White House, March 23, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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An engineering student tackles dirty water April 16, 2015

In 2011, an engineering student came up with an idea to help people in the developing world deal with raw sewage. His goal was to use technology to help save lives by limiting people’s exposure to the pathogens in human waste. Four years and several countries later, he’s still working on it – and the technology is beginning to come into focus.

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Using sound to separate cancer cells from blood samples April 15, 2015

Separating circulating cancer cells from blood cells for diagnostic, prognostic and treatment purposes may become much easier using an acoustic separation method and an inexpensive, disposable chip, according to a team of engineers.

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This bending bolt could help buildings withstand earthquakes April 15, 2015

In the world of nuts and bolts and other mechanical fasteners, things are usually flat, parallel, perpendicular, and rigid, just the way engineers like it. But a professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo has disrupted that notion.

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When you wish upon a star: nuclear fusion and the promise of a brighter tomorrow March 22, 2015

Decades in the making, Iter, a huge experimental nuclear fusion reactor in rural France, could be the site of breakthroughs that will provide limitless, clean energy and secure the planet’s future.

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Woman Controls a Fighter Jet Sim Using Only Her Mind March 22, 2015

“We are thinking about exactly how to restore function after injury, how the brain can be used to actuate devices,” says Justin Sanchez, the head of Darpa’s prosthetics research.

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Surprise! America Already Has a Manhattan Project for Developing Cyber Attacks March 22, 2015

There are update mechanisms, dozens of plug-ins, a self-destruct function, massive code obfuscation, hundreds of fake websites to serve as command-and-control.

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