Kate McAlpine

Kate McAlpine, senior writer & assistant news editor, University of Michigan

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Robotics September 25, 2022

Walking and slithering aren’t as different as you think

A mathematical model links up slithering with some kinds of swimming and walking, and it could make programming many-legged robots easier.

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The semiconductor nanosheets in the water-cooled copper mount turn an infrared laser pulse into an effectively unipolar terahertz pulse. The team says that their terahertz emitter could be made to fit inside a matchbox. Credit: Christian Meineke, Huber Lab, University of Regensburg. Courtesy: University of Michigan.
Industrial PCs June 3, 2022

Laser pulse development paves the way for processing quantum information

University of Michigan researchers have found how quantum materials emit light as though it were only a positive pulse, rather than a positive-negative oscillation.

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Courtesy: Robert Coelius, Michigan Engineering
Energy Efficiency July 16, 2021

Nanotech OLED could cut power consumption

An electrode that could free up 20% more light from organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) could help extend the battery life of smartphones and laptops and other devices, making them more energy efficient.

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Courtesy: Christina Harvey, AIMS Lab, University of Michigan
Robotics July 9, 2021

Bird-like wings could help drones keep stable in gusts

3D morphing wings developed by University of Michigan researchers could help small aircraft safely navigate windy streets and other close-corridor situations.

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Courtesy: University of Michigan
‘Power of Industry’ will propel Hannover Fair 2001 July 3, 2021

Expanded funding for COVID-19 wastewater monitoring

University of Michigan researchers are surveying wastewater systems for COVID-19 will continue until 2023 after receiving an additional $5 million in funding.

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Cybersecurity September 29, 2020

Self-erasing chips stop counterfeit electronics

Self-erasing chips developed relies on a material that temporarily stores energy, changing the color of the light it emits and it self-erases in a matter of days or erased on demand.

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Energy, Power September 23, 2020

Mirror-like photovoltaics get more electricity out of heat

Heat-harnessing solar cells that reflect 99% of the energy they can’t convert to electricity could help bring down the price of storing renewable energy as heat and improve overall energy efficiency.

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Robotics August 25, 2020

How biomorphic batteries can provide more power for robots

Rechargeable batteries that store energy the way animals store fat could help robots operate for longer periods according to a research team at the University of Michigan.

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Energy, Power July 13, 2020

Making plastic more transparent while adding electrical conductivity

University of Michigan researchers have made plastic conductive while also making it more transparent, which can improve large touchscreens, LED light panels and window-mounted infrared solar cells.

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Energy Efficiency June 25, 2020

Electron energy distribution measured for improved storage, conversion

Researchers at the University of Michigan, Purdue University, and the University of Liverpool in the UK have figured out a way to measure how many hot charge carrier are present in a metal nanostructure for improved energy storage and conversion.

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