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  • Fueled by Fungus

    Brown rot fungus shows promise for biomass conversion

    Twenty years ago, microbiologist Barry Goodell, now a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and colleagues discovered a unique system that some microorganisms use to digest and... More

  • Light Me Up!

    Technology for off-the-shelf power generating clothes is here

    A lightweight, comfortable jacket that can generate the power to light up a jogger at night may sound futuristic, but UMass Amherst materials scientist Trisha Andrew could make one today. She and... More

  • Transformative Technologies

    Nanoelectronics expert shapes future of computing

    The future of computing is anything but conventional, says UMass Amherst electrical and computer engineer Joshua Yang. An expert in nanoelectronics and nanoionics (small-scale systems which run on... More

  • Nanoparticle Taxicabs

    New materials can identify, collect and transport debris on cell surfaces

    Inspired by proteins that can recognize dangerous microbes and debris, then engulf such material to get rid of it, polymer scientists led by Todd Emrick at the University of Massachusetts Amherst... More

  • Green by Design

    Scientists engineer new bacteria that spins out tiny, sustainable nanowires

    A group of researchers led by UMass Amherst microbiologist Derek Lovley have genetically designed a new strain of bacteria that spins out extremely thin and highly conductive wires made up solely of... More

  • Building Privacy Into Smart Buildings

    Prototype programmable building will test privacy applications

    As more smart grids and buildings are fitted with digital electric meters, Web-enabled appliances and lighting, programmable outlets and switches, and intelligent HVAC systems that rely on Internet-... More