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Carolyn Schaefer, a PhD student in engineering physics, works on the Pegasus-III fusion experiment

Progress on the path to fusion

New technologies and an influx of private investment are sparking developments in a field that seeks to realize a longstanding energy dream. The lithium in your laptop battery could be…

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Can chemical engineering save the world from mounting plastic pollution?

Plastic is truly a wonder material. Since the earliest versions hit the market, the lightweight, flexible polymers have remade the world—sometimes literally. Plastics have revolutionized medical devices, packaging and shipping,…

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Engineering advances are laying the groundwork for future exploration in space

On July 8, 2011, the space shuttle Atlantis blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center into a cloudy sky in the last launch of the three-decade-old program. In the 10…

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Driving innovation: Can biofuels transform our economy?

America is a car country. Drive-in movies, drive-through restaurants, road-trips, carpools: Our culture is full of odes to our automobiles. And even though people are increasingly trading in their gas-guzzling…


The road to greener asphalt

Asphalt covers more than 90 percent of the 2.7 million miles of paved roads in the United States. It’s a durable yet flexible material, creating smooth pavement for our traveling…