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The punishing polar vortex is ideal for Cassie the Robot

Two pairs of robotic legs are pictured next to a snowbank and a thermometer.
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You may be cursing the harsh cold of winter, but roboticists at the University of Michigan are capitalizing on the cold temperatures. A team working on the development of Cassie the Robot took advantage of the recent cold snap to perform testing. Read how Cassie performed in this article from Wired.

The Future of Food Safety: Bacterial Detection through a Smartphone

Clumping together of Janus molecules after binding with E.coli substitute
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Researchers at MIT and the Max Planck Institute have developed a method for quick, on-site E. coli detection in food. While current food safety testing either requires days to complete or expensive equipment, this new method, paired with a smartphone and QR code, will make testing inexpensive and portable. The new detection process uses Janus emulsions, droplets consisting of two hemispheres of different densities. In water, the less dense, hydrocarbon hemisphere sits above the denser hemisphere

How the Canada Science and Technology Museum designed an accessible, modular headphone jack | Innovation150

Accessible headphone jack
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Accessible headphone jacks aren’t hard to find nowadays, but they’re always built into your average neighbourhood fixtures, like an ATM. This isn’t the most welcoming design since there’s no way to get the device as a standalone product. But the Canada Science and Technology Museum strives for inclusive design, and since they couldn’t buy an accessible headphone jack, their innovators decided to design their own.