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The SmartSuit, a spacesuit designed in mind for planetary exploration of the Moon and Mars, incorporates soft robotics technology, lending better mobility and dexterity to the astronauts and allowing them to better interact with their surroundings during extravehicular activities (EVA). The technology was recently selected for a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I grant.

New SmartSuit Promises a Better Fit for Astronauts

By: Jan McHarg

NASA’s Management and Development of Spacesuits audit in 2017 noted that NASA continues to manage an array of design and health risks associated with the current suit worn in space, the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU). A new intelligent hybrid SmartSuit design proposed by Dr. Ana Diaz Artiles from Texas A&M University has the potential to solve some of these issues. Her co-investigator, Dr. Robert Shepherd, associate professor at Cornell University, will analyze material and mechanical metrics for manufacturing the SmartSuit and will also perform preliminary experimental validation of its...

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Online health searches in Africa reveal stigmas, needs

Researchers have collected and analyzed health-related internet search terms from all 54 countries in Africa, finding that searches such as “Does garlic cure AIDS?” can reveal pockets of disease prevalence, cultural stigmas and urgent needs for accurate health information.

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CU Entrepreneur of the Year shows power of persistence

By: Kathy Hovis

“I have this notion that as long as I can see some light, no matter how long the tunnel is, I am willing to get back on the horse,” Dr. Leonard Schleifer '73 said, after showing a graph that depicted his company’s profits and losses over the years. He called the graph “26 years until we made more money than we spent.” “We fell down three times,” Schleifer said, “but somehow it just seems like failure is part of the research game, just as it’s part of life.” Today, Regeneron is one of the world’s leading biotech companies, with seven FDA-approved treatments and 20 experimental medicines to help...

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Entrepreneur of the Year shows power of persistence

Dr. Leonard Schleifer ’73, the 2019 Cornell Entrepreneur of the Year, shared the successes and failures he experienced while growing his biotechnology company, Regeneron, during an April 11 conversation with Lance Collins, the Joseph Silbert Dean of Engineering.

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