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Research News - March 2021

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Engineers Use Confetti-Sized Device to Change Songbird Pitch, Improve Understanding of Human Speech

University of Arizona engineers have created a tiny, wireless device to rapidly change the pitch of adult songbirds' songs, with the goal of better understanding communication and speech in the human brain.
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Investigating Boundary Layers in Hypersonic Flight

The UArizona Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering received more than $3 million in funding in support of their hypersonics research on objects that move faster than the speed of sound.
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Student Builds VR Platform in NASA Internship

Intern helps NASA scientists create an immersive virtual reality software system that processes space weather data to predict and visualize future magnetic disturbances on Earth.

Tucson-based Startup Licenses Technology for Creating Sustainable Products From Algae

The UArizona-invented Air Accordion Photobioreactor produces low-cost, large-scale and environmentally sustainable microalgae products used to create vaccines and health supplements like omega-3 fatty acids.
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Engineers Propose Solar-Powered Lunar Ark as 'Modern Global Insurance Policy'

The ambitious project aims to preserve humankind – and animal-kind, plant-kind and fungi-kind – in the event of a global crisis.