This scanning electron microscope image shows the distinct bow tie shape of an optical rectenna.

Scientists debut world’s most efficient 'optical rectennas,' devices that harvest power from heat

May 18, 2021

For decades, researchers have theorized that optical rectennas could sit on everything from bakery ovens to dirigibles flying high above Earth to harvest waste heat and turn it into electricity. But to date, those goals have remained elusive. Now, engineers have unveiled the most efficient optical rectennas yet.

Illustration of a double helical covalent polymer

Scientists construct first-ever synthetic DNA-like polymer

May 14, 2021

Scientists' recent discovery with double helical covalent polymers—which are spiraling collections of nature’s building blocks—represent a huge advancement in a critical and understudied field.

Screenshot of a mobile phone with social media icons

How digital platforms can orchestrate innovation and entrepreneurship through access control

May 7, 2021

Entrepreneurs and startups are increasingly turning to digital platforms nowadays, whether it is about creating a new platform (think Snapchat or TikTok), or providing product offerings and soliciting ideas on an existing platform.

The USS Blueback submarine

Borrowing Navy submarine radio signals to study space

May 7, 2021

Bob Marshall is studying the interaction of high-energy particles in orbit around Earth using an unlikely data source: radio signals sent by the U.S. Navy to communicate with submarines under the ocean.

Jennifer Balch

Jennifer Balch talks wildfire and data synthesis in new podcast episode

May 6, 2021

In the Buff Innovator Insights season finale, Jennifer Balch discusses her interest in the relationships between fire, Earth systems and people, and her belief that transforming data into insights can solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Sidney D’Mello

New podcast episode considers artificial intelligence in education

April 29, 2021

In this episode of Buff Innovator Insights, Sidney D’Mello shares how his unique combination of education and research experiences led to his leading-edge work reimagining the role of artificial intelligence in the classroom.

A robot that monitors lightning conditions for wind turbines

Explore the mechanical engineering projects showcase

April 27, 2021

Showcase Week celebrates the hard work and many achievements of over 200 students as they close out their undergraduate careers. Since August 2020, these students have been working through the design process from start to finish and have engineered solutions to real-world problems.

Jennifer Ho

New podcast episode explores issues of race, intersectionality

April 20, 2021

The latest episode of Buff Innovator Insights introduces you to Jennifer Ho, whose research, scholarship and teaching address some of the most challenging issues facing the world today. Listen in to hear from an expert on issues of race and intersectionality.

Evan Thomas

Podcast: How to tackle global poverty

April 15, 2021

This week's Buff Innovator Insights podcast features Evan Thomas, who is working with partners around the world to expand access to safe water, sanitation, energy, food, shelter and infrastructure.

Model of an atom

Researchers unlock the proton’s asymmetrical secrets

April 13, 2021

Symmetry is all around us. And yet, protons—the tiny, positively charged particles at the center of every atom—are curiously asymmetrical, a fact that has long intrigued scientists. Researchers are exploring further.