New technology could improve use of small-scale hydropower in developing nations

OSU engineers have created a new software package that should help people in developing nations make better use of small scale hydropower to produce electricity.

New program to help homeowners, businesses assess their earthquake risks

The Cascadia Lifelines Program has created a new online tool that anyone in Oregon can use to better identify the risks they face from a major earthquake on the Cascadia subduction zone.

"Community solar" systems may add savings to local, cooperative energy projects

Small "community-solar" projects involving neighbors working together may hold part of the future of solar energy and improved efficiency.

Wetland enhancement in Midwest could help reduce catastrophic floods of the future

Restoration of wetlands in the Midwest could significantly reduce peak river flows, especially as heavy rains and floods increase in the future.

Oregon State launches humanitarian engineering program

OSU has added one of the few academic programs in the nation in humanitarian engineering, helping students to build skills that could have an impact both locally and globally.

Thousands of landslides in Nepal earthquake raise parallels for Pacific Northwest

The major earthquake last year in Nepal, similar to the one that lies in the future of the Pacific Northwest, also caused tens of thousands of landslides.

Tooth fillings of the future may incorporate bioactive glass

OSU engineers are working toward a new type of tooth filling using "bioactive glass" that may help them last longer and resist decay.

Photonic "sintering" may create new solar, electronics manufacturing technologies

A fundamental advance in understanding the physics of photonic “sintering” could lead to many new approaches to solar cells and flexible electronics.

Discovery could open door to frozen preservation of tissues, whole organs

Researchers have discovered a new approach to ice-free cryopreservation that could ultimately allow a much wider use of extreme cold to preserve tissues and even organs.

Storage advance may boost solar thermal energy potential

Engineers have identified a new approach for the storage of concentrated solar thermal energy, to reduce its cost and make it more practical for wider use.