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A humanoid robot from MIT lab
  • A day in the life of Robotina
  • What might daily life be like for a research robot that's training to work closely with humans?
  • Released November 20, 2014
illustration showing wall of a wood cell
Mark Hersam
Researchers study plants in a greenhouse.
Photo of dried kenaf, a plant similar to bamboo
People stand in a food bank storage area.
  • Engineering a better food bank
  • Key nodes in a vast national food distribution system, food banks manage complex logistics that help connect families to farms
  • Released September 22, 2014
 Sunghee Lee and three students in her lab
  • The right chemistry
  • NSF-funded researcher mixes mentoring and materials science
  • Released September 17, 2014
Image of Bacillus subtillis.
A black beetle with water droplets on its back
Illustration of the T. aurantiacus LPMO (gray) with cellulose
  • Converting biomass to fuels
  • Researchers use NSF-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve catalysts for conversion
  • Released June 30, 2014

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