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UC Engineers Break Distance Barriers for Fiber Optic Signals

June 30, 2015

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Engineers Break Power and Distance Barriers for Fiber Optic Communication

Scientists at UC Diego have increased the maximum power at which optical signals can be sent through optical fibers, breaking key barriers that limit the distance information can travel in fiber optic cables and still be accurately deciphered by a receiver. This advance has the potential to increase the data transmission rates for the fiber […]

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LiquiGlide Nonstick Coating Coming to Consumer Goods

June 30, 2015

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LiquiGlide Nonstick Coating Ready for Consumer Goods

You won’t have to shake, rattle and roll those last drops of condiments out of the bottle anymore. LiquiGlide, a liquid-impregnated coating that acts as a slippery barrier between a surface and a viscous liquid, has just been licensed to a major consumer-goods company. The days of wasting condiments — and other products — that […]

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Could The Prandtl-m Become the First Mars Airplane?

June 30, 2015

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Could This Be the First Mars Airplane

Later this year NASA researchers will test prototype aircraft aerodynamics that could lead to the first aircraft on Mars. When an aircraft makes its first flight on Mars in the 2020s, a NASA Armstrong innovation may have made it possible. A prototype of the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-m, which […]

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New Battery Design Cuts Lithium-Ion Battery Cost in Half

June 29, 2015

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New Technique Slices Lithium-Ion Battery Cost in Half

By using a battery design that is a hybrid between flow batteries and conventional solid ones, engineers have developed a new manufacturing approach that slices lithium-ion battery cost in half. An advanced manufacturing approach for lithium-ion batteries, developed by researchers at MIT and at a spinoff company called 24M, promises to significantly slash the cost […]

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Throwable Camera Sends Panoramic Images to Your Smartphone

June 26, 2015

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Throwable Tactical Camera

A softball-sized tactical camera that can be tossed into unseen areas to send panoramic images back to a smartphone is set for commercial release. Unseen areas are troublesome for police and first responders: Rooms can harbor dangerous gunmen, while collapsed buildings can conceal survivors. Now Bounce Imaging, founded by an MIT alumnus, is giving officers […]

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Floating Nuclear Power Plant that is Safer and Cheaper

June 25, 2015

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The proposed Offshore Floating Nuclear Plant structure is about 45 meters in diameter, and the plant will generate 300 megawatts of electricity. An alternative design for a 1,100 MW plant calls for a structure about 75 meters in diameter. In both cases, the structures include living quarters and helipads for transporting personnel, similar to offshore oil drilling platforms.

Since nuclear power plants emit no carbon dioxide, they are considered an important component for a greener energy future. A new nuclear power plant promises to be safer, cheaper, and easier to deploy than current plants, but what makes it especially unique is that it will float eight or more miles out to sea. Many […]

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New High-strength Steel Could Help Improve Fuel Efficiency in Automobiles

June 24, 2015

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Molten steel is poured in the Missouri S&T foundry in McNutt Hall.

A new third-generation advanced high-strength steel being developed at Missouri University of Science and Technology is designed to be strong, lightweight, and easy to make. This can help automakers improve fuel efficiency to meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation CAFE regulations. A high-strength steel being developed at Missouri University of Science and […]

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More Than 80% Efficiency Attained in New Ultralow-power Circuit

June 23, 2015

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The MIT researchers' prototype for a chip measuring 3 millimeters by 3 millimeters. The magnified detail shows the chip's main control circuitry, including the startup electronics; the controller that determines whether to charge the battery, power a device, or both; and the array of switches that control current flow to an external inductor coil. This active area measures just 2.2 millimeters by 1.1 millimeters.

Researchers at MIT developed a new ultralow-power circuit that improves efficiency of energy harvesting to more than 80 percent. This can lead the way to tiny, solar-powered sensors. The latest buzz in the information technology industry regards “the Internet of things” — the idea that vehicles, appliances, civil-engineering structures, manufacturing equipment, and even livestock would […]

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Rapid Fabrication of Nanoscale Geometric Grids Using Lasers

June 23, 2015

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Rapid Fabrication of Nanoscale Geometric Grids Using Lasers

Rapid creation of multi-layered, self-assembled nanoscale grids with fully customizable shapes and compositions is possible using new technique developed by scientists at Brookhaven Lab. Down at the nanoscale, where objects span just billionths of a meter, the size and shape of a material can often have surprising and powerful electronic and optical effects. Building larger […]

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Half Price Lithium-ion Batteries With Improved Performance and Recyclability

June 22, 2015

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A pilot manufacturing plant at 24M's headquarters in Cambridge has produced thousands of test batteries to demonstrate the efficiency of the new design.

MIT spinoff company 24M has reinvented the manufacturing process for lithium-ion batteries to reduce cost, improve performance, and make them easier to recycle. An advanced manufacturing approach for lithium-ion batteries, developed by researchers at MIT and at a spinoff company called 24M, promises to significantly slash the cost of the most widely used type of […]

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Engineers Develop Micro-tentacles So Tiny Robots Can Handle Delicate Objects

June 22, 2015

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Engineers Develop Micro-tentacles So Tiny Robots Can Handle Delicate Objects

Engineers at Iowa State University developed spiraling microrobotic tentacles that can gently grip delicate objects. The tiny tube circled an ant’s thorax, gently trapping the insect and demonstrating the utility of a microrobotic tentacle developed by Iowa State University engineers. “Most robots use two fingers and to pick things up they have to squeeze,” said […]

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Safe Drinking Water Via Solar Power Desalination

June 22, 2015

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Natasha Wright, MIT

Natasha Wright, an MIT PhD student in mechanical engineering, has designed a solar powered system that makes water safe to drink for rural, off-grid Indian villages. When graduate student Natasha Wright began her PhD program in mechanical engineering, she had no idea how to remove salt from groundwater to make it more palatable, nor had […]

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Deriving Power Directly from Evaporation

June 17, 2015

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Researchers Produce Renewable Energy from Evaporating Water

In a newly published study, researchers from Columbia University detail the development of two novel devices that derive power directly from evaporation – a floating, piston-driven engine that generates electricity causing a light to flash, and a rotary engine that drives a miniature car. Eva, the first evaporation-powered car, rolls along, thanks to a moisture […]

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New Technique Increases Nanofiber Production Rate Fourfold

June 5, 2015

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Researchers Demonstrated a Systematic Way to Produce Nanofibers

Scientists from MIT have demonstrated a systematic way to produce nanofibers through electrospinning that boosts production while cutting energy consumption by 92 percent. Nanofibers — polymer filaments only a couple of hundred nanometers in diameter — have a huge range of potential applications, from solar cells to water filtration to fuel cells. But so far, […]

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A New Fundamental Understanding of Thermal Transport

June 3, 2015

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New Tool Measures Phonon Collisions

Engineers from MIT have developed a new device that measures the distance between phonon collisions, providing more nuanced picture of heat production in microelectronics. Today’s computer chips pack billions of tiny transistors onto a plate of silicon within the width of a fingernail. Each transistor, just tens of nanometers wide, acts as a switch that, […]

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New Process for 3D Printing of Highly Stretchable and Tough Hydrogels

June 2, 2015

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3D Printed Hydrogels

Researchers from MIT have developed a new process that uses 3D printing to produce complex hydrogel structures that are “extremely tough and robust.” Researchers have developed a new way of making tough — but soft and wet — biocompatible materials, called “hydrogels,” into complex and intricately patterned shapes. The process might lead to injectable materials […]

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Graphene Layer Quadruples Rate of Condensation Heat Transfer

June 1, 2015

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Graphene Quadruples Rate of Condensation Heat Transfer

New research from MIT shows that a graphene layer one atom thick could quadruple rate of condensation heat transfer in generating plants. Most of the world’s electricity-producing power plants — whether powered by coal, natural gas, or nuclear fission — make electricity by generating steam that turns a turbine. That steam then is condensed back […]

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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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