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“Fingerprinting” Chips to Aid in Fight Against Counterfeiting

May 1, 2015

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New Technology for Fingerprinting Chips to Fight Counterfeiting

MIT spinout Verayo has created technology that tracks random variations in silicon chips to assign them unique “fingerprints” to aid in the fight against worldwide counterfeiting. It’s often said that no two human fingerprints are exactly alike. For that reason, police often use them as evidence to link suspects to crime scenes. The same goes […]

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Implantable Device Allows Doctors to Identify the Best Chemotherapy Agents

April 24, 2015

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Implantable Device Tests Cancer Drugs in Patients

A team of engineers has developed a new implantable device that will allow doctors to test the effectiveness of cancer drugs and to identify drugs that work best for each patient prior to starting systemic administration of chemotherapy. More than 100 drugs have been approved to treat cancer, but predicting which ones will help a […]

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Artificial Photosynthesis System Poses Win/Win for the Environment

April 22, 2015

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Researchers Perform Solar-powered Green Chemistry with Captured CO2

Researchers from the Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have created an artificial photosynthesis system that synthesizes the combination of carbon dioxide and water into acetate, the most common building block today for biosynthesis. A potentially game-changing breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis has been achieved with the development of a system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions […]

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New MIT Sensor Detects Spoiled Meat

April 15, 2015

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New MIT Developed Sensor Detects Spoiled Meat

Chemists at MIT have developed an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat. The sensor, which consists of chemically modified carbon nanotubes, could be deployed in “smart packaging” that would offer much more accurate […]

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BLAST Delivers Large Particles Into Cells at High Speed

April 8, 2015

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New Device Delivers Nanoparticles at the Rate of 100,000 Cells Per Minute

A newly developed device can deliver nanoparticles, enzymes, antibodies, bacteria and other “large-sized” cargo into mammalian cells at speeds up to 100,000 cells per minute. A new device developed by UCLA engineers and doctors eventually help scientists study the development of disease, enable them to capture improved images of the inside of cells and lead […]

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MIT Engineers Develop New Magnetic-Field Detector That is 1,000 Times More Efficient

April 8, 2015

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New Magnetic-Field Detector is 1,000 Times More Efficient

Engineers at MIT have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. The detectors could lead to better sensors for medical imaging and contraband detection. Magnetic-field detectors, or magnetometers, are already used for all those applications. But existing technologies have drawbacks: Some rely on gas-filled chambers; others work […]

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Carbon Nanotube Fibers Provide Two-Way Communication with Neurons

March 25, 2015

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Carbon Nanotube Fibers Make Superior Links to Brain

New research from Rice University reveals that carbon nanotube fibers provide a two-way connection with neurons and show promise for treating patients with neurological disorders. Carbon nanotube fibers invented at Rice University may provide the best way to communicate directly with the brain. The fibers have proven superior to metal electrodes for deep brain stimulation […]

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New “Tandem” Solar Cell to Harnesses More Sunlight

March 24, 2015

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New Tandem Solar Cell Harnesses More Sunlight

By combining two types of photovoltaic material, researchers from MIT and Stanford have developed a new “tandem” solar cell that harnesses more sunlight. Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s […]

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Future Supply Risks of Metals and Metalloids

March 24, 2015

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High-Tech Products Face Future Supply Risks

New research from Yale University details the “criticality” of all 62 metals on the Periodic Table of Elements, providing key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming decades, which ones will exact the highest environmental costs — and which ones simply cannot be replaced as components of vital technologies. […]

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NASA Begins Testing Electric Propulsion Technologies

March 17, 2015

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LEAPTech to Demonstrate Electric Propulsion Technologies

Over the next several months, NASA researchers will perform ground testing on the electric propulsion technologies from the Leading Edge Asynchronous Propeller Technology project. The arrival of a unique experimental demonstrator at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center on February 26 may herald a future in which many aircraft are powered by electric motors. The Leading […]

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New Circuits That Can Control Light and Sound

March 5, 2015

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A New Way to Control Information by Mixing Light and Sound

A team of researchers has developed hybrid technologies that can control light and sound, allowing information to be stored, filtered, and manipulated with far greater efficiency. For once, slower is better in a new piece of technology. A Yale lab has developed a new, radio frequency processing device that allows information to be controlled more […]

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New Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance By Turning Off Drug-Resistance Genes

March 4, 2015

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Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance

Researchers from MIT have developed a new nanodevice that can defeat drug resistance by turning off the drug resistant gene and then releasing cancer drugs against the disarmed tumors. Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as cancer cells become resistant to drug treatment, tumors can grow back. A new nanodevice developed by MIT researchers […]

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3D Graphene Aerogel Catalyst Shows Promise for Fuel Cells

March 2, 2015

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3D Aerogel Shows Promise for Fuel Cells

New research from Rice University shows that graphene nanoribbons formed into a three-dimensional aerogel and enhanced with boron and nitrogen are excellent catalysts for fuel cells. A team led by materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan and chemist James Tour made metal-free aerogels from graphene nanoribbons and various levels of boron and nitrogen to test their electrochemical […]

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Chemical Engineers Design New Self-Healing Hydrogel for Drug Delivery

February 25, 2015

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New Self-healing Nanogel for Drug Delivery

Chemical engineers from MIT have designed a new type of self-healing hydrogel that consists of a mesh network made of two components: nanoparticles made of polymers entwined within strands of another polymer, such as cellulose. Scientists are interested in using gels to deliver drugs because they can be molded into specific shapes and designed to […]

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New Technique Could Enable Low-Cost Silicon Devices in Fibers

February 24, 2015

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New Approach Could Enable Low-Cost Silicon Devices in Fibers

In a newly published study, researchers from MIT detail a new inexpensive approach to generating silicon-core fibers. Scientists have known how to draw thin fibers from bulk materials for decades. But a new approach to that old method, developed by researchers at MIT, could lead to a whole new way of making high-quality fiber-based electronic […]

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New Circuit Reduces Power Leakage When Transmitters Are Idle

February 23, 2015

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New Circuit Reduces Power Leakage

Engineers have developed a new transmitter design that reduces off-state leakage 100-fold. At the same time, this new technology provides adequate power for Bluetooth transmission, or for the even longer-range 802.15.4 wireless-communication protocol. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the big theme was the “Internet of things” — the idea that everything […]

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New Approach Improves Execution Times and Efficiency of Multicore Chips

February 18, 2015

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New Approach Could Make Multicore Chips Much Faster

New research from MIT describes a system that cleverly distributes data around multicore chips’ memory banks, improving execution times by 18 percent on average while actually increasing energy efficiency. Computer chips’ clocks have stopped getting faster. To keep delivering performance improvements, chipmakers are instead giving chips more processing units, or cores, which can execute computations […]

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