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Your Engineering Inspiration for Tuesday 04 August 2020

At ENGins, our curators are picking out the best stories covering the engineering response to Covid-19. To find out about work that's being carried out in your discipline, just navigate to the website and ensure your preferences are reflected in your customisation settings.

Stories from this week query what it is that tech companies are hoping to get out of the pandemic; cover recent strides in treatment development (from a cheap steroid to tiny sponges); outline details on the robots that are being enlisted to help disinfect hospitals; introduce us to the enzyme at the centre of the mystery (ACE2); and discuss the increased importance of lecturerstudent relationships during the pandemic.

And if you haven't yet taken a look at the New York Times' brilliant piece, How You Should Read Coronavirus Studies, or Any Science Paper, now is as good a time as any.

Very best,

Rose Grey
Managing Editor

Last weeks's top headlines:

How Physics Gifted Math With a New Geometry
3rd August 2020 - Listed in:
In the early 1800s, William Rowan Hamilton discovered a new kind of geometric space with nearly magical properties. It encoded motion and mathematics into a single, glinting geometric object. This phenomenon birthed a field called symplectic geometry. Over the last...
As the world waits eagerly for a Covid-19 vaccine, several candidates are starting to be put through their paces in clinical trials. More than 100 vaccine candidates are being developed by teams around the world, with more than 20 now...
Electronic textiles that communicate, sense, or power other devices promise a new era of smart wearable technology. But current e-textiles rely heavily on metals such as gold, silver, and copper, making disposal or recycling difficult. Using nanomaterials such as carbon...
Balloon shaping isn’t just for kids anymore. A team of researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has designed materials that can control and mold a balloon into pre-programmed shapes. The system uses...
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have improved the technique of frontal polymerization, where a small amount of heat triggers a moving reaction wave that produces a polymeric material. Their new method allows the creation of a wider...
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