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  • Beyond Batteries

    UMass Amherst lays the groundwork for a revolution in wireless wearables

    Smartwatches were big breakthroughs when they hit the market in the early 2000s. Even nascent versions got consumers excited with their ability to play games and access newsfeeds. Two decades later,... More

  • Better than Metal

    UMass scientist engineers polymer films that conduct heat better than ceramics and steel

    Yanfei Xu, an assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is co-author of a study that shows how to build polymer films that conduct heat... More

  • Building a Better Turbine

    Offshore wind development must assess hurricane risks

    Imagine a world in which half of our electricity is generated renewably by offshore wind farms. Now imagine a powerful hurricane hitting the coast where that farm is located. If developers,... More

  • Invisible Dark Matter

    UMass Amherst students contribute to the quest for an elusive energy

    Deep beneath a mountain in the Apennine range in Italy, an intricate apparatus searches for the dark matter of the universe. University of Massachusetts physics students played a crucial part of the... More

  • Nanoparticles to the Rescue

    UMass technology improves "shark skin" antibacterial coatings

    To limit hospital- and clinic-related infections, institutions have been using new materials, such as one commercially available that mimics shark skin, to inhibit microbes’ ability to stick to high-... More