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Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

  1. Tech

    AI can now turn blurry thermal vision into crisp images

    Even when it’s pitch black, the new imaging system can create clear images while also accurately gauging distances to objects.

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  2. Tech

    This electronic bandage sterilizes wounds with flashes of light

    Dentists have sterilized medical equipment with ultraviolet-C light for years. Applying this tech to bandages had proven a challenge — until now.

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  3. Tech

    New device can harvest clean energy from humid air anywhere

    Unlike solar power, this new source of electricity is available day or night.

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  4. Physics

    Explainer: What is chaos theory?

    Chaos can help scientists explore subjects from climate change to human brains. Learn about the theory behind this field of science.

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  5. Climate

    For greener toilets and air conditioning, consider saltwater

    Using saltwater would allow coastal cities to save their freshwater for drinking and to reduce their carbon footprints. Some could save money, too.

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  6. Space

    Fairy tale inspiration could help rovers explore risky places

    Taking a cue from Hansel and Gretel, scientists propose a way for rovers to send back data from treacherous terrain.

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  7. Plants

    Could a plant ever eat a person?

    For now, humans aren’t on the menu for carnivorous plants. But what would it take for one to consume a person?

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  8. Tech

    Nanocrystal ‘painted’ films may someday help relieve summer heat

    The rainbow palette and cooling powers of new plant-based films comes from their microscopic surface patterns of tiny crystals.

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  9. Tech

    A device spots and counts honeybees hosting a dangerous parasite

    At Regeneron ISEF, three teens debuted an infrared system to detect honeybees carrying mites. It can show beekeepers when a colony needs to be treated.

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  10. Tech

    A new solar-powered gel purifies water in a flash

    The unusual, fruit-inspired structure of this material provides quick filtration that could satisfy people's daily water needs.

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  11. Tech

    Magnetic fields melt and re-form new shape-shifting devices

    Miniature machines made of gallium and magnetic particles can switch from solid to liquid and back.

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  12. Climate

    Here’s how to increase clean energy without harming wildlife

    Wind farms, solar panels and more take up land and may harm wildlife. Researchers are working to resolve this conflict.

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