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Your Engineering Inspiration for Thursday 17 September 2020

If you're looking for some inspiration today, you might find it in our People section. Here, we highlight stories that cover the work of outstanding scientists across engineering and the physical sciences.

Stories from the past week cover the work of Hamid Khan, who is seeking to dismantle racist police surveillance technology in LA; the top three most important guidelines needed to create humanAI dream teams, from Daniel S. Weld; Carole Mundell, a professor of extragalactic astronomy, on her work and role as chief scientific adviser; and chemist Carolina Proaño, who reflects on her work in the Amazon region during the Covid-19 pandemic.

All of these stories and many more can be found in the People tab on the ENGins front page. The stories you're delivered will depend on your customisation settings (which you can easily turn off using the switch in the Userbar).

Very best,

Rose Grey
Managing Editor

Last weeks's top headlines:

New Lithium Battery Solves Key Issues
14th September 2020 - Listed in:
The limitations and challenges of current lithium-ion battery designs are well-documented, which is why researchers have been seeking myriad ways to improve these widely used energy-storage devices. One of the latest of these is from Texas A&M University, which has...
Researchers at the University of California (UC) San Diego have discovered a new anode material that allows lithium-ion batteries to be safely recharged within minutes for thousands of cycles. Known as a disordered rocksalt, the new anode material is made...
Chip could detect presence of Covid-19 antibodies
15th September 2020 - Listed in:
Scientists in Japan have developed a low-cost antibody test, which uses a portable chip, that could be used to detect coronavirus. The device, developed by researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), uses portable lab-on-a-chip...
A new herbicide-carrying hydrogel’s droplets can land on leaves and stay there without bouncing off or breaking up (ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c03396). Such hydrogels could help reduce agrochemical losses when they are sprayed, potentially cutting the amount needed...
Enzyme doesn’t need oxygen to make ethylene
11th September 2020 - Listed in:
The chemical industry makes about 25 million metric tons of ethylene a year and uses the compound to manufacture plastics, polymers, and longer-chain carbon compounds. Scientists want to engineer bacteria to make this vital chemical feedstock to avoid using fossil...
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