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Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have developed a way to use discarded plastic waste as starting material for additive manufacturing on army bases.

Diabetes mellitus (DM) has become a worldwide epidemic — studies estimate that by 2035, approximately 592 million people will be affected. The disease can occur when the pancreas produces very little to no insulin, which can elevate glucose levels in blood. Patients must carefully monitor blood glucose levels to ensure they do not get too high.

Chemists at the Ohio State Univ. (OSU) have developed designer molecules with the potential to trap harmful insecticides, pesticides, and even fatal nerve agents such as sarin gas in the environment as well as in the human body.

Ophthalmic drugs in the form of eye drops and ointments are used to treat eye infections, glaucoma, allergies, and even migraines. Treatment through the eyes is difficult, and in most cases, less than 5% of the administered drug is effectively absorbed.

Jyotirmoy Mandal, an applied physics PhD student at Columbia Univ., grew up in a household that received only 16 hours of electricity every day. In the fierce summer heat of Bangladesh, those hours spent without air conditioning were almost unbearable. At his grandparents’ village home, Mandal had no AC at all; the sunbaked tin roof covering his cottage transformed the interior into an indoor oven.

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) examines the status of carbon utilization technologies that are designed to mitigate the buildup of greenhouse gases. The report also evaluates research needs and technical barriers for utilization, which transform carbon dioxide into resources with potential profit.

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