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Making Plants Green With Envy

Peidong Yang learned early in his career that being able to think about a problem from more than one vantage point can yield surprising results. Now his interdisciplinary mindset could open new doors in artificial photosynthesis.

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Building a Brighter, Greener Future

Power for lighting makes up almost one-fifth of global energy use; Vivian Yam says that one way to change that will be to make lighting more efficient.

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Lending Drug Developers a Hand

It’s the drug development version of having your cake and eating it too: Imagine being able to efficiently manufacture only the desired enantiomer of a drug. Shu-Li You is working on a way to do just that.

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Creating Alcohol From Water, Air, and Sunshine

These days, Dr. Staff Sheehan spends more time on the road than in the lab. But his innovations in solar energy as president of Catalytic Innovations, and chief technology officer of The Air Company, just might help save the planet.

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Pursuing Transformative Ideas at Small Scales

The idea that matter behaves differently at the atomic and nano scales has long captivated Professor Teri W. Odom. Now her fascination with the very small is yielding big results.

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Time for a Revolution in TB Testing

Testing for tuberculosis still relies on a 100-year-old method with 11 steps. Now Ph.D. student Mireille Kamariza is developing a one-step test that requires no new equipment.

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Building Sensors to Unlock the Brain

There’s a lot we don’t know about how brains communicate information. Professor Anne M. Andrews’ research is exploring these processes—and what happens when they malfunction.

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Building Organs on Chips

Professor Ali Khademhosseini’s work could reduce the cost of developing drugs by simulating human physiology with 3D printing.

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