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A conceptual schematic of a laser-based method for identifying the coronavirus quickly. Penn State University

Lasers could speed up coronavirus diagnostics

A team of physicists, virologists and computer scientists are seeking to develop a coronavirus diagnostic tool that could deliver rapid results.
Santa Clara County produced more patents than any other U.S. county in recent history. MintImages/shutterstock.com

Why some counties are powerhouses for innovation

When it comes to innovation, Santa Clara County is way ahead of the rest of the US. Between 2000 and 2015, more than 140,000 patents were granted there – triple the number of the next-ranked county.
It will be quick and it will be hot. 1967 promotional image for the Amana Radarange

Hot food, fast: The home microwave oven turns 50

It's been five decades of microwave popcorn and piping hot leftovers in home kitchens. A serendipitous discovery helped engineers harness radar to create this now ubiquitous timesaving appliance.

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