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In villages and cities around the world, families drink from unclean water and bathe in muddied pools. More than 800 million people lack access to safe drinking water sources, and at least 2 billion are using sources contaminated with feces. The global shortage of clean water has evolved into a crisis. At the same time, research on filtration has grown dramatically

Scientists at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) have developed the first soft robot that can curl and climb like a plant. The novel robotic tendrils mimic green limbs of vegetation as they move and coil, wrapping around and interacting with their surroundings.

What if you could capture the power of the sun and stockpile it to generate electricity on demand? Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are capturing solar energy and storing it in molten, white-hot silicon. When it’s needed later, their unique, photovoltaic (PV) system converts light emitted from the glowing metal back into electricity.

A team of engineers from the Univ. of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has invented a new way to 3D print objects using light from an off-the-shelf video projector.

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