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|Penn Engineers Develop New Materials to Use in Stress Tests|
|When deciding what materials to use in building something, determining how those materials respond to stress and strain is often the first task. When stress causes a materialís constituent molecules to rearrange in a way such that they can't go back to their original positions, it is known as "plastic deformation." Penn Engineers have devised a method to study stress at the macro and micro scales at the same time, using a model system in which microscopic particles stand in for molecules.|
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|Penn Engineers develop plasma device that makes HIV testing easier|
|Doctors need blood plasma to measure the viral load of a person living with HIV. Separating plasma from whole blood is usually done with a centrifuge, but owning and maintaining even such a basic piece of lab equipment - or finding a source of electricity to run it - can present a challenge in the parts of the world hit hardest by HIV/AIDS. A team led by MEAM research assistant professor Changchun Liu and professor Haim Bau has designed a device to address this problem.|
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|Titan Arm is named to Popular Science Invention Awards 2014|
Titan Arm, a 2013 Senior Design project in MEAM, has been named to the 2014 list of Invention Awards by Popular Science.
Developed by Elizabeth Beattie, Nicholas McGill, Nick Parrotta and Nikolay Vladimirov, Titan Arm is a wearable upper-body exosklelton developed to be both portable and affordable.
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|Penn Roboticists Take on the World|
|In late 2013, teams from around the world descended on Florida's Homestead Miami Speedway with millions of dollars of high-performance machinery in tow. But instead of racecars, this was a battle between 16 of the most advanced robots on the planet. The event that brought these machines together was the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials, a competition designed to push the envelope in terms of robots that could serve in emergency and disaster scenarios.|