Innovation Column Features

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Javeria Salman
While data science isn’t a new subject, there’s been growing interest recently in helping students—in both K-12 and higher education—gain data science skills. One reason is the shifting job market,...
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Noelle Toumey Reetz
As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to rapidly advance, there are few areas that will not be radically affected. In fact, it’s already begun. From education to commerce and medicine, research...
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Poornima Apte
When Alexander O’Brien sent in his application for graduate school at MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, he had a germ of a research idea already brewing. So when he received a...
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Tim Heston
At Metalworks Inc.’s main plant in Lincoln, Nebraska, co-founders Rob Ernesti and Doug Swanson walked past a new punch/laser system being tested, complete with part removal and stacking automation....
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Anne Trafton
Flat screen TVs that incorporate quantum dots are now commercially available. But it has been more difficult to create arrays of their elongated cousins, quantum rods, for commercial devices. Quantum...
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Julie van der Hoop
We’re all familiar with photos of Ford’s production lines in 1920. But would we recognize them today? As part of a broader trend referred to as “Industry 4.0,” systems in many factories have...
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Adam Zewe
Imagine grasping a heavy object, like a pipe wrench, with one hand. You would likely grab the wrench using your entire fingers, not just your fingertips. Sensory receptors in your skin, which run...
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John Davis
Over the past decade, one of the biggest advances in enterprise resource planning (ERP) has been the ability to communicate and integrate with machines and external software programs to lower costs...
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Ron Cowen
A single atom-thick sheet of carbon known as graphene has remarkable properties on its own. But things can get even more interesting when you stack up multiple sheets. When two or more overlying...
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Matthew Greenwood
It’s no secret the automotive sector is racing to find ways of tapping the potential of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) to design and build the next generation of vehicles. This technology...
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Sabine Terrasi
Robots do monotonous workflows and less pleasant, repetitive tasks with brilliance. Combined with image processing, they become “seeing” and reliable supporters of humans. They’re used in quality...
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Wael William Diab
Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere—and that’s something to marvel at. AI is powering everything from advanced web searches to social media recommendations and video game design. But it could...
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Ramūnas Berkmanas
Imagine a manufacturing world where machines seamlessly collaborate with artificial intelligence (AI) to ensure flawless quality inspection. It’s a future that holds immense potential for...
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Kristopher Lee
A leader in asset integrity management and inspection services, Kakivik Asset Management recently held an intro to phased-array class at its Anchorage, Alaska, office. The training was attended by...
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Renay San Miguel
Active matter is any collection of materials or systems composed of individual units that can move on their own, thanks to self-propulsion or autonomous motion. They can be of any size—think...
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Emily Newton
Pumping systems are critical to many manufacturing operations. Consequently, any errors with this equipment can be costly. So, it’s important to catch oddities as soon as they occur. The internet of...
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory
A team of scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has investigated the behavior of hafnium oxide, or hafnia, and its potential for use in novel...
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Baxi Chong
Adding legs to robots that have minimal awareness of the environment around them can help them operate more effectively in difficult terrain, my colleagues and I found. We were inspired by...
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David Suttle
You often hear about self-driving cars and their levels of autonomy. When can drivers completely remove their hands from the steering wheel? This also applies to robots. How can robots become fully...
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David Cantor
One of the most concerning uncertainties surrounding the emergence of artificial intelligence is the impact on jobs. Human jobs. Innovation and progress are cornerstones of mankind. From the...