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New Drug-Delivery Capsule to Inject Drugs Directly into the Lining of the Digestive Tract

October 1, 2014

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New Drug Delivery Capsule Can Deliver Drugs Directly into the Lining of the Digestive Tract

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT have developed a new drug-delivery capsule coated with tiny needles that can inject drugs directly into the lining of the stomach after the capsule is swallowed. Given a choice, most patients would prefer to take a drug orally instead of getting an injection. Unfortunately, many drugs, especially those […]

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Engineers Develop New System to Harness the Full Spectrum of Available Solar Radiation

September 29, 2014

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New System Aims to Harness the Full Spectrum of Available Solar Radiation

Engineers at MIT have developed a two-dimensional metallic dielectric photonic crystal that has the ability to absorb sunlight from a wide range of angles while withstanding extremely high temperatures. The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It […]

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New “Gold Nanocluster” Technology Improves Solar Cell Performance

September 26, 2014

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Scientists Addvance Solar Power with New Gold Nanocluster Technology

Using approximately 10,000 times less gold than in previous studies, researchers from Western University improve solar power performance with new “gold nanocluster” technology. Scientists at Western University have discovered that a small molecule created with just 144 atoms of gold can increase solar cell performance by more than 10 per cent. These findings, published recently […]

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MIT Engineers Develop Underwater Robot for Port Security

September 26, 2014

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Researchers Develop Underwater Robot for Port Security

Engineers from MIT have developed a football-size robot that can provide added port protection by skimming discreetly along a ship’s hull to search for hollow compartments concealing contraband. Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened […]

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MIT Engineers Develop New Technologies to Battle Superbugs

September 24, 2014

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New Technologies Could Enable Novel Strategies for Combating Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Using a gene-editing system that can disable any target gene, MIT engineers have shown that they can selectively kill bacteria carrying harmful genes that confer antibiotic resistance or cause disease. In recent years, new strains of bacteria have emerged that resist even the most powerful antibiotics. Each year, these superbugs, including drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis […]

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Carbon Nanotube Patches Improve Heart Function

September 23, 2014

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Carbon Nanotubes Improve Electrical Signaling Between Immature Heart Cells

Using carbon nanotubes, researchers at Rice University and Texas Children’s Hospital have created heart-defect patches that improve electrical signaling between immature heart cells. Living heart cells called ventricular myocytes cultured in nanotube-infused hydrogel beat in an experiment by Rice University and Texas Children’s scientists, who are creating patches to repair pediatric heart defects. Courtesy of […]

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New Formula Improves Liquid Battery Technology

September 22, 2014

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New Formula Leads to Improved Liquid Battery

MIT engineers have developed an improved liquid battery system that could enable renewable energy sources to compete with conventional power plants. Extensive testing has shown that even after 10 years of daily charging and discharging, the system should retain about 85 percent of its initial efficiency. Donald Sadoway and colleagues have already started a company […]

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Phase-Change Materials Increase the Speed Limit for Computers

September 19, 2014

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Phase Change Materials Increase the Speed Limit for Computers

By replacing silicon with phase-change materials, new research shows that computers could be capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than currently models. The present size and speed limitations of computer processors and memory could be overcome by replacing silicon with ‘phase-change materials’ (PCMs), which are capable of reversibly switching between two structural […]

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Liquid Inks Create More Efficient and Cheaper Solar Cells

September 18, 2014

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Researchers Create Better Solar Cells with Liquid Inks

A team of scientists from the California NanoSystems Institute is using liquid inks to create better solar cells, improving efficiency and lowering costs. The basic function of solar cells is to harvest sunlight and turn it into electricity. Thus, it is critically important that the film that collects the light on the surface of the […]

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Programmable Biofilm-Based Materials That Self-Assemble

September 18, 2014

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Researchers Use Biofilms to Create Self-Healing Materials

A newly published study details how researchers at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University are using biofilms to create self-healing materials and other technologies. For many people, biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in streambeds or dirty drains. A team at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University […]

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Scientists Develop First Water-Based Nuclear Battery

September 17, 2014

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First Water Based Nuclear Battery to Generate Electricity

Using a water-based solution, researchers at the University of Missouri have created a long-lasting and more efficient nuclear battery. Columbia, Missouri – From cell phones to cars and flashlights, batteries play an important role in everyday life. Scientists and technology companies constantly are seeking ways to improve battery life and efficiency. Now, for the first […]

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Rice Wireless Engineers Unveil a Multiuser, Multiantenna Transmission Scheme for UHF

September 16, 2014

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Wireless Experts Tap Unused UHF TV Spectrum

By combining several proven technologies that are already widely used in wireless data transmission, engineers from Rice University have created a multiuser, multiantenna scheme to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum. Rice University wireless researchers have found a way to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum by serving up […]

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