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CLAIRE – A New Breakthrough Technique for Non-invasive Nano-scale Imaging

May 26, 2015

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Scientists Develop New Technique for Non-invasive Nano-scale Imaging

Researchers have developed a new non-invasive nanoscale imaging technique that allows them to convert electron microscopy into a non-invasive imaging modality for studying soft materials and providing spectrally specific information about them on the nanoscale. Soft matter encompasses a broad swath of materials, including liquids, polymers, gels, foam and – most importantly – biomolecules. At […]

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New High Speed Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Process for Graphene

May 21, 2015

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High Speed Roll to Roll Manufacturing of Graphene

Engineers from MIT and the University of Michigan have developed a new manufacturing process that could help bring graphene and other 2D materials to commercial products. Graphene is a material with a host of potential applications, including in flexible light sources, solar panels that could be integrated into windows, and membranes to desalinate and purify […]

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Testing Environment for Future Astronaut Expeditions into Deep Space

May 19, 2015

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VF-5 Testing for Future Astronaut Expeditions into Deep Space

NASA’s Glenn Research Center Vacuum Chamber 5 provides a testing environment for Glenn’s advanced Solar Electric Propulsion technology needed for future astronaut expeditions into deep space, including to Mars. When you need to test hardware designed to operate in the vast reaches of space, you start in a vacuum chamber. NASA’s Glenn Research Center in […]

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Optimal Size and Shape Results in Better Medical Implants

May 18, 2015

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Optimal Size and Shape Improve Implantable Devices

In a newly published study, scientists from MIT reveal that the geometry of implantable devices has a significant impact on how well the body will tolerate them. Biomedical devices that can be implanted in the body for drug delivery, tissue engineering, or sensing can help improve treatment for many diseases. However, such devices are often […]

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New Shortcut Simplifies the Production of Solar Cells

May 14, 2015

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Researchers Develop a New Shortcut to Solar Cells

By using the top electrode as the catalyst that turns plain silicon into valuable black silicon, scientists from Rice University have developed a way to simplify the production of solar cells. The Rice lab of chemist Andrew Barron disclosed the research in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Black silicon is […]

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TEMPO Space-Based Pollution Monitoring Instrument Passes NASA Review

May 13, 2015

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TEMPO Pollution Monitoring Instrument Passes Critical Review

A new space-based instrument that will monitor major air pollutants across North America on an hourly basis has successfully completed a critical review by NASA. Cambridge, Massachusetts – The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument passed a major milestone April 10, 2015 by successfully completing a critical NASA confirmation review. It has been confirmed […]

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Suspended Microchannel Resonator Measures Nanoparticles As They Flow

May 12, 2015

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New Device Measures Tiny Particles as They Flow Through a Microfluidic Channel

Using a suspended microchannel resonator, researchers can measure the relative positions of tiny particles as they flow through a fluidic channel, potentially offering an easy way to monitor the assembly of nanoparticles, or to study how mass is distributed within a cell. With further advancements, this technology has the potential to resolve the shape of […]

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Rice Engineers Develop Real-Time 3D Radar System

May 6, 2015

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Real-Time 3D Radar System

Engineering students from Rice University have developed a real-time 3D radar system as a concept for a next-generation collision-avoidance system for the auto industry. Spencer Kent stands nervously in front of Team D.R.A.D.I.S.’ booth at Rice University’s annual Engineering Design Showcase. Judging begins in about 10 minutes, and his teammate Galen Schmidt is frantically typing […]

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MIT Energy Initiative Report Highlights the Future of Solar Energy

May 5, 2015

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The Future of Solar Energy Report

A new report by the MIT Energy Initiative assesses solar energy’s current and potential competitive position and identifies changes in U.S. government policies that could more efficiently and effectively support its massive deployment over the long term. Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions […]

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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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