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Left: person wearing the fluid motor attached to artificial muscles. Center: artificial muscle lifts suitcase off the ground. Right: robotic leg attached to artificial muscle flexes its ankle.

Jul 1, 2024

Portable Engine Can Power Artificial Muscles in Assistive Devices

What sets the new engine apart is its ability to generate significant force without being tethered to an external power source.

Mike Sano working at his lab bench.

Jun 20, 2024

Powering Breakthroughs at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Mike Sano is harnessing the power of electricity to target and destroy inoperable cancer in a therapy that eliminated 80% of tumors in a recent clinical trial with horses.

gloved hands are stretching a thin sheet of clear material over a nail; the material is stretching over the sharp nail without breaking

Jun 19, 2024

Researchers Create New Class of Materials Called ‘Glassy Gels’

Glassy gels are extremely hard, but not brittle – they can stretch up to five times their original length.

Jun 19, 2024

Associate Vice Chancellor Jon Horowitz to Retire

Jon Horowitz, associate vice chancellor for research infrastructure and development, will retire on July 1.

Jun 17, 2024

Researching Sustainable Dyes for College Credit at NC State

The independent research course for polymer and color chemistry students provides a unique opportunity for them to tailor coursework to their interests. 

a ladybug sits on a leaf

Jun 14, 2024

Do Bugs Burp?

It all depends on what we mean when we say “burp.”

Two men standing beside a large bench-shaped robot.

Jun 13, 2024

N.C. PSI Advances AI for Agriculture

At NC State University, the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative is leading efforts aimed at helping producers put artificial intelligence to work for increased yields, efficiency and sustainability. Two new tools will…

Inside a testing lab, a human-sized manikin moves inside flames.

Jun 12, 2024

Fanning the Flames of Textile Science

In its 30th year, the Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC) celebrates innovations that have defined textile science.

Jun 11, 2024

Catalyzing Creative Concepts to Solve Commercial Challenges

Six new commercially focused research projects will receive support from the Chancellor's Innovation Fund this year.

time lapsed photo shows a soft robot tendril lowering, wrapping around a tube, and lifting it into the air

Jun 11, 2024

3D-Printed Mini-Actuators Can Move Small Soft Robots, Lock Them Into New Shapes

The miniature soft hydraulic actuators can control the deformation and motion of soft robots that are less than a millimeter thick.