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New Mechanical Metamaterials Can Block Symmetry of Motion, Findings Suggest

Engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and the AMOLF institute in the Netherlands have invented the first mechanical metamaterials that easily transfer motion effortlessly in one direction while blocking it in the other, as described in a paper published on Feb. 13 in Nature. The material can be thought of as a mechanical one-way shield that blocks energy from coming in but easily transmits it going out the other side.

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Professor, Five Alumni Elected to National Academy of Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced today that David T. Allen, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas of Austin, along with five Cockrell School of Engineering alumni, have been elected to the prestigious academy.

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Alumnus Tillerson Confirmed as U.S. Secretary of State

The Senate has confirmed Rex W. Tillerson, alumnus of the Cockrell School of Engineering and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, as the 69th U.S. Secretary of State. In this cabinet position, Tillerson will serve as the top foreign policy advisor to President Trump and the leader of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Foreign Service.

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Storing Solar Power Increases Energy Consumption and Emissions, Study Finds

Homes with solar panels do not require on-site storage to reap the biggest economic and environmental benefits of solar energy, according to research from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. In fact, storing solar energy for nighttime use actually increases both energy consumption and emissions compared with sending excess solar energy directly to the utility grid.

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