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A new microcontroller has been developed by Air Force Research Laboratory (ARL) and American Semiconductor that can bend and flex. The chip can be used on wearable sensors and can monitor such things as hydration levels and strain from an arm flexing.

It’s common knowledge that eventually the batteries in our cellphones, cameras and laptops weaken and the time between charging them shortens. An assistant professor of polymer science at the University of Akron is overseeing a project that will change that.

Hydrocarbon polymers with a high oil absorption capacity have been developed by a Penn State research team headed by Mike Chung, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. While Chung’s research shows great potential to aid in oil spill recovery and cleanup, it has also garnered him a large grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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