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New 2D Materials Exhibit Exotic Quantum Properties

November 21, 2014

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2D Quantum Materials Exhibit Quantum Spin Hall Effect

A newly published study from MIT details a theoretical analysis showing that a family of two-dimensional materials exhibits exotic quantum properties that may enable a new type of nanoscale electronics. These materials are predicted to show a phenomenon called the quantum spin Hall (QSH) effect, and belong to a class of materials known as transition […]

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Quantum-Dot Technology Ready to Improve LCD TVs

November 19, 2014

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Quantum-Dot Technology Improves TV Color Gamut

New quantum-dot technology is set to make LCD TVs more colorful and energy-efficient, all while costing less than OLED displays and other color gamut boosting methods. If LCD TVs start getting much more colorful — and energy-efficient — in the next few years, it will probably be thanks to MIT spinout QD Vision, a pioneer […]

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New Nanoparticles Simultaneously Perform MRI and Fluorescent Imaging

November 18, 2014

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Nanoparticles That Enable Both MRI and Fluorescent Imaging

Scientists at MIT have developed new nanoparticles that simultaneously enable both MRI and fluorescent imaging in living animals, helping scientists to track specific molecules produced in the body, monitor a tumor’s environment, or determine whether drugs have successfully reached their targets. In a paper appearing in the November 18 issue of Nature Communications, the researchers […]

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Prosthetic Retina May Help Restore Vision

November 12, 2014

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Artificial Retina Could Help Restore Vision

New research shows that an artificial retina could someday help restore lost vision caused by retinal degeneration. The loss of eyesight, often caused by retinal degeneration, is a life-altering health issue for many people, especially as they age. But a new development toward a prosthetic retina could help counter conditions that result from problems with […]

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Graphene-Based Supercapacitors May Significantly Boost the Power of Electric Vehicles

November 7, 2014

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Nano-Infused Supercapacitors May Power Cars

Using a combination of exfoliated graphene and entangled multiwalled carbon nanotubes combined with plastic, paper and a gelled electrolyte, researchers have developed flexible, solid-state supercapacitors that could significantly boost the power of electric vehicles. Rice University scientist Matteo Pasquali and his team contributed to two new papers that suggest the nano-infused body of a car […]

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New On-Site Fabrication Process Makes Taller Wind Turbines More Feasible

November 7, 2014

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New Fabrication Process Makes Taller Wind Turbines More Feasible

MIT engineers have developed a new fabrication system that adapts a traditional pipe-making technology to make wind turbines on location, at wind farms, making taller towers more economically feasible. Wind turbines across the globe are being made taller to capture more energy from the stronger winds that blow at greater heights. But it’s not easy, […]

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New Graphene Sensors Could Provide Unprecedented Insights into Brain Structure

November 3, 2014

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Graphene Sensors Could Provide Unprecedented Insights into Brain Structure

New nanotechnology funded by DARPA’s RE-NET program and developed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison enables monitoring and stimulation of neurons using optical and electronic methods simultaneously. Understanding the anatomical structure and function of the brain is a longstanding goal in neuroscience and a top priority of President Obama’s brain initiative. Electrical […]

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New System Allows Programmers to Trade Computational Accuracy for Energy Savings

October 30, 2014

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New System Lets Programmers Identify Sections of Their Code That Can Tolerate a Little Error

Engineers from MIT have developed a new system that lets programmers identify sections of their code that can tolerate a little error, determining which program instructions to assign to unreliable hardware components to maximize energy savings while still meeting the programmers’ accuracy requirements. As transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating […]

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New Molybdenum Sulfide Transistor Significantly Outperforms Existing Models

October 29, 2014

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New Transistor Significantly Outperforms Current Models

A team of researchers has fabricated field effect transistors made from molybdenum sulfide that demonstrated the best performance to date, exceeding existing molybdenum sulfide transistor cut-off and maximum oscillation frequencies by 40 to 50 times. With their special electronic and optical properties, nanomaterials such as graphene and molybdenum sulfide have created excitement among scientists for […]

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Power Conserving Chip May Increase Smartphone Battery Life

October 28, 2014

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Power Conserving Chip May Increase Smartphone Battery Life

A new power-conserving chip developed by MIT spinout Eta Devices may increase smartphone battery life and save energy in cell towers. Stream video on your smartphone, or use its GPS for an hour or two, and you’ll probably see the battery drain significantly. As data rates climb and smartphones adopt more power-hungry features, battery life […]

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New TLP Coating Repels Blood and Bacteria

October 24, 2014

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New Coating for Medical Devices Repels Blood and Bacteria

Using materials already approved by the FDA, Harvard engineers have developed a new surface coating for medical devices that repels blood and suppresses biofilm formation. Most any medical device implanted in the body — or one that comes into contact with flowing blood, such as a dialysis machine — may also present two critical challenges […]

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Ultra-Black Nano-Coating Applied to New 3D Solar Coronagraph

October 23, 2014

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New Super Black Carbon Nanotube Coating for 3D Solar Coronagraph

NASA scientists have applied new super-black carbon-nanotube coating to a 3-D component critical for suppressing stray light in a new solar coronagraph. An emerging super-black nanotechnology that is to be tested for the first time this fall on the International Space Station will be applied to a complex, 3-D component critical for suppressing stray light […]

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A New Self-Assembly Method for Fabricating Graphene Nanoribbons

October 22, 2014

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New Method for Fabricating Graphene Nanoribbons Brings Scientists Closer to Revolutionizing Electronics

Scientists from UCLA and Tohoku University have discovered a new self-assembly method for producing defect-free graphene nanoribbons, bringing them one step closer to revolutionizing electronics. First characterized in 2004, graphene is a two-dimensional material with extraordinary properties. The thickness of just one carbon atom, and hundreds of times faster at conducting heat and charge than […]

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A Cost-Effective Treatment for Salty Water from Fracked Wells

October 21, 2014

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Electrodialysis Can Provide Cost Effective Treatment of Salty Well Water

A newly published study reveals how electrodialysis can provide cost-effective treatment of salty water from oil and gas wells. The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that’s much […]

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