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How does cancer become invasive and metastasize, and is it possible to inhibit cancer invasiveneness?
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Most cancer deaths result from metastatic spread, so it would be wonderful if we could stop this process at its very first step of invasion of...
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What is a smart grid and why is it important?
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Smart grids are electrical power grids that are more efficient and more resilient — therefore, “smarter” — than our current...
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Can engineers really grow cartilage in a lab?
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Yes. In adulthood, the biological triggers that tell cartilage to regenerate are turned off. Therefore, human cartilage cannot restore itself...
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What is a black swan?
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The financial crisis in 2008, for example, was what economists call a black swan, an earthshaking event so unlikely, no one anticipates it.
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What is azotomics and why is it important to manage the global Nitrogen cycle?
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Azotomics is a new field my group helped launch that examines the microbial structure and function of the global nitrogen cycle, focusing on the...
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Why do financial models work so badly?
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Because people mistake them for theories. Theories are attempts to grasp the way the world actually is, even if we don't know why.
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How can we ensure that information is securely transmitted over the internet?
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The majority of encryption today encodes messages by a public key. To crack the key, an eavesdropper would have to perform a computationally...
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How do computer animators make such realistic images?
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Computer animators use software tools that combine both the laws of physics and artistic creation to create striking animations of...
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How close is a cure for osteoporosis?
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While no cure exists now, we are making progress. My team is trying to figure out how to prevent and treat osteoporosis from both engineering...
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Are there radiation-free or noninvasive alternatives to radiotherapy and surgery?
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My team of researchers is pioneering new uses for a technology that is radiation free yet just as effective: ultrasound. Moreover, we are going...
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Will we run out of fresh water in the 21st century?
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I do see a looming global water crisis, and it’s actually three separate crises—one of access, one of pollution, and one of scarcity...
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How can carbon become a sustainable energy source?
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Carbon takes many forms as humans manipulate and utilize energy and material resources present in the environment and more than seven billion...
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What research is being done to improve cybersecurity?
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I specialize in detecting anomalies, events that stray too far from expected patterns. In addition to detecting fraud in financial transactions,...
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What is quantum computing?
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Quantum computing stands conventional computing on its head. For example, bits are the basic unit of information in today's computers.
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What can people do to keep their email private?
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Make sure it is stored by a trustworthy party.
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What new idea or innovation is having the most significant impact on the water sustainability world?
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The understanding of climate and its influence on water.
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