Science and Technology

Moving to Mars

. by Joshua Flader

Headlines boast liquid water, potential for life, and successful unmanned missions, but manned travel to Mars will require an enormous amount of work—and many chemical engineers.

Tour the Solar System from Home with NASA

. by ChEnected Guest

Want to navigate the solar system without having to buy that expensive spacecraft? Jon Nguyen demos Eyes on the Solar System, free-to-use software from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that was create for exploring the planets, moons, asteroids, and spacecraft that rotate around our sun in real-time.

A Universal Anesthesia Machine that Works Without Power

. by ChEnected Guest

Ted Talks presents Erica Frenkel, a program officer at UAM Global, the company that offers a cost-effective scaleable solution for putting anesthesia machines that works in rugged environments often associated with developing countries. The machine is in 13 hospitals and 4 countries and new partnerships with NGOs will likely increase that number. Watch the video

Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology

. by ChEnected Guest

Drew Berry, a 2010 MacArthur fellow, is a biomedical animator who creates scientifically accurate and stunning animations to illustrate how molecules in our cells move and interact. At the TEDxSydney conference, in May of 2011, Drew Berry showcased his animations that help researchers see unseeable processes within our own cells.

A report from E3 2010: The Midwest’s Premier Energy, Environment and Economic Conference

. by Martin Bergstedt

Researchers, students, government officials, and nonprofit and business leaders from Minnesota and across the nation attended E3 2010, Tuesday, November 30 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. This year’s conference focused on the intersection among innovative technologies and policies, environmental benefits, and emerging market opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

Can We Teach Ourselves? Sugata Mitra and Minimally Invasive Education.

. by John Vasko

This is a question that Sugata Mitra, a professor and scientist set out to answer based on the premise that there are places on earth, in every country, where, for various reasons, good schools cannot be built and good teachers cannot or do not want to go.

This fascinating video shows highlights of the experiments conducted in India, South Africa, and Italy.

Powered by Sewage, UK VW Beetle (Bio-Bug) Now in the Limelight

. by Kent Harrington

The race to replace fossil fuel created a media superstar.

American corn-based Ethanol captured the public's imagination. Cue the financial red carpet! Agribusiness, Wall Street and the Media conjured an Iowan Ethanol-rabia, and corn was king. Until a commodity bubble in 2007 and 2008 helped cause the infamous Mexican tortilla riots.

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