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Student and professor in a cucumber field with a spider-like robot.

Jul 18, 2024

Spider Robot to Help Untangle Cucumber Disease

An NC State engineer and plant pathologist aim to help growers get ahead of a devastating cucumber disease with the development of a new spider-like robot. 

An image of a piece of advanced technology that looks like a brain.

Jul 16, 2024

Artificial intelligence powers innovation

At NC State University, interdisciplinary teams are leveraging AI to revolutionize research in agriculture, chemical engineering, education and more. 

wet spots show up as dark stains on the concrete next to a swimming pool

Jul 10, 2024

Why do things look darker when they’re wet?

From rain-soaked sidewalks to sweat-stained dress shirts, you’ve probably noticed that most things look darker when they’re wet. Why? 

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 2, 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. 

image shows three different configurations of 3-D cubes

Jun 28, 2024

Mechanical computer relies on kirigami cubes, not electronics

The mechanical computer uses a complex structure of rigid, interconnected polymer cubes to store, retrieve and erase data without relying on electronic components. 

multicolored code streams across a computer monitor

Jun 25, 2024

Six NFR strategies to improve software performance and security

Non-functional requirements (NFRs) are important aspects of a software system, but are often overlooked by developers. 

Riley Lawson sitting and pointing to France on a map

Jun 21, 2024

Ph.D. candidate wins Fulbright to develop soil sensors in France

Riley Lawson, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, will be spending the next academic year in France as a Fulbright. 

NC State's Global Courtyard includes an art installation that resembles a globe

Jun 21, 2024

Engineering faculty members among 2024-25 Fulbright Scholars

This year’s cohort will study methods to mitigate wildfires and educate the public about nuclear energy, among other academic and research pursuits around the world. 

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

Jun 20, 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.