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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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Inkjet-Printing System Could Enable Mass-Production of Large-Screen OLED Displays

February 12, 2015

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Inkjet-Printing System Could Enable Mass-Production of OLED Displays

Based on years of Institute research, MIT spinout Kateeva has developed an “inkjet printing” system that could cut manufacturing costs enough to pave the way for mass-producing flexible and large-screen OLED displays. Flexible smartphones and color-saturated television displays were some highlights at this year’s Consumer Electronics Showcase, held in January in Las Vegas. Many of […]

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Nano-Antioxidants Quickly Neutralize Superoxides

February 12, 2015

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Study Shows How Particles Quench Damaging Superoxides

A new Rice-led study reveals how nanoparticles can quickly neutralize superoxides that are overexpressed by the body’s cells in response to an injury. Injectable nanoparticles that could protect an injured person from further damage due to oxidative stress have proven to be astoundingly effective in tests to study their mechanism. Scientists at Rice University, Baylor […]

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3D Vaccine Spontaneously Assembles to Fight Cancer, Infectious Diseases

February 9, 2015

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3D Vaccine Delays Tumor Growth in Mice

Researchers have developed a new 3D vaccine that spontaneously assembles to provide a more effective way to harness the immune system to fight cancer as well as infectious diseases. The vaccine spontaneously assembles into a scaffold once injected under the skin and is capable of recruiting, housing, and manipulating immune cells to generate a powerful […]

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New Technique Extends Duration of Quantum States

January 30, 2015

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New Technique Greatly Extends Duration of Fragile Quantum States

Using a qubit design that employs nitrogen atoms embedded in synthetic diamond, a team of researchers has developed a new technique that greatly extends duration of fragile quantum states. Quantum computers are experimental devices that promise exponential speedups on some computational problems. Where a bit in a classical computer can represent either a 0 or […]

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UC Researchers Make Magnetic Graphene

January 26, 2015

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Magnetic Graphene

Physicists from the University of California – Riverside have found a way to induce magnetism in graphene while also preserving graphene’s electronic properties. Riverside, California – Graphene, a one-atom thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, has many desirable properties. Magnetism alas is not one of them. Magnetism can be induced in […]

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Small Helicopter Could Improve the Exploration of Mars

January 23, 2015

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Small Helicopter Could Scout for Future Mars Rovers

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are working on a small helicopter that could ‘scout’ a trail for future Mars rovers. Getting around on Mars is tricky business. Each NASA rover has delivered a wealth of information about the history and composition of the Red Planet, but a rover’s vision is limited by the view […]

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Genomically Recoded Organisms Ensure GMOs Can Be Safely Confined in the Environment

January 22, 2015

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Synthetic Amino Acid Enables Safe Biotechnology Solutions

New research details the construction of a series of genomically recoded organisms (GROs) whose growth is restricted by the expression of multiple essential genes that depend on exogenously supplied synthetic amino acids. These GROs will ensure genetically modified organisms can be safely confined in the environment, overcoming a major obstacle to widespread use of GMOs […]

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New Technique Enlarges Tissue Samples, Making Them Easier to Image

January 16, 2015

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New Technique Enables Nanoscale-Resolution Microscopy

By physically enlarging the specimen itself, researchers from MIT have invented a new way to visualize the nanoscale structure of the brain and other tissues. Beginning with the invention of the first microscope in the late 1500s, scientists have been trying to peer into preserved cells and tissues with ever-greater magnification. The latest generation of […]

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Rice Engineers Design Flexible and Stackable Laser Induced Graphene Supercapacitors

January 14, 2015

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Rice Scientists Show Vertical Microsupercapacitors with Laser induced Graphene

New research from Rice University details the design and testing of three-dimensional supercapacitors made with laser-induced graphene. Rice University scientists advanced their recent development of laser-induced graphene (LIG) by producing and testing stacked, three-dimensional supercapacitors, energy-storage devices that are important for portable, flexible electronics. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour discovered last year that […]

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New Device Allows Scientists to Watch How Cells Interact

January 13, 2015

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New Tech Allows Scientists to Glimpse Communication between Immune Cells

MIT engineers have developed a new device that allows scientists to observe communication between immune cells. The immune system is a complex network of many different cells working together to defend against invaders. Successfully fighting off an infection depends on the interactions between these cells. A new device developed by MIT engineers offers a much […]

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Nanotech Pores Keep Bacteria from Sticking to Surfaces

January 12, 2015

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New Nanotech Pores Keep Bacteria from Sticking to Surfaces

A team of researchers used anodization to create nanoscale pores that change the electrical charge and surface energy of a metal surface, creating a nanoporous surface called alumina that prevents bacteria from attaching to the surface. Just as the invention of nonstick pans was a boon for chefs, a new type of nanoscale surface that […]

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New Algorithm Should Enable Household Robots to Better Identify Objects

January 12, 2015

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New Algorithm Could Enable Household Robots to Better Identify Objects

New research from MIT shows that a system using an off-the-shelf algorithm to aggregate different perspectives allows household robots to recognize four times as many objects as one that uses a single perspective, while reducing the number of misidentifications. For household robots ever to be practical, they’ll need to be able to recognize the objects […]

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New Photon Detectors – A Crucial Step Toward Quantum Chips

January 9, 2015

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MIT Researchers Take a Step Toward Quantum Chips

In a new study, researchers describe a micrometer-scale flip-chip process that enables scalable integration of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors on a range of photonic circuits. A team of researchers has built an array of light detectors sensitive enough to register the arrival of individual light particles, or photons, and mounted them on a silicon optical […]

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