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New Entanglement Technique Could Make Atomic Clocks More Accurate

March 26, 2015

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New Technique Could Make Atomic Clocks More Accurate

Researchers have developed a new technique that can entangle thousands of atoms with a single photon, opening the door to a new class of entangled states. Physicists from MIT and the University of Belgrade have developed a new technique that can successfully entangle 3,000 atoms using only a single photon. The results, published today in […]

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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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Chiron May Possess Saturn-Like Rings

March 16, 2015

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Chiron May Have Saturn-like Rings

Using data from NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility and the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, astronomers reveal features around Chiron that may signal rings, jets, or a shell of dust. There are only five bodies in our solar system that are known to bear rings. The most obvious is the planet Saturn; to a lesser […]

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New Technique Offers Direct Stimulation of Neurons Without External Connections

March 13, 2015

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New Technique Could Lead to Long-Lasting Localized Stimulation of Brain Tissue

Using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles, a new technique developed by researchers at MIT could lead to long-lasting localized stimulation of brain tissue without external connections. This video shows a calcium ion influx into neurons as a result of magnetothermal excitation with alternating magnetic fields in the presence of magnetic nanoparticles. Neurons on […]

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New Strain of H1N1 in India Raises Concern

March 11, 2015

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H1N1 Outbreak in India Raises Concern

New research from MIT finds evidence that a new strain of H1N1 may carry dangerous mutations. Since December, an outbreak of swine flu in India has killed more than 1,200 people, and a new MIT study suggests that the strain has acquired mutations that make it more dangerous than previously circulating strains of H1N1 influenza. […]

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Neuroscientists Find That Cognitive Skills Peak at Different Ages

March 10, 2015

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Cognitive Skills Peak at Different Ages Across Adulthood

New research from neuroscientists at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital reveals that different parts of the brain work best at different ages. Scientists have long known that our ability to think quickly and recall information, also known as fluid intelligence, peaks around age 20 and then begins a slow decline. However, more recent findings, including […]

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Entanglement Can Improve Optical Sensor Performance

March 9, 2015

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Entanglement Can Improve the Performance of Optical Sensors

A new study from MIT demonstrates that entanglement can improve the performance of optical sensors, even when it doesn’t survive light’s interaction with the environment. The extraordinary promise of quantum information processing — solving problems that classical computers can’t, perfectly secure communication — depends on a phenomenon called “entanglement,” in which the physical states of […]

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New Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance By Turning Off Drug-Resistance Genes

March 4, 2015

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Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance

Researchers from MIT have developed a new nanodevice that can defeat drug resistance by turning off the drug resistant gene and then releasing cancer drugs against the disarmed tumors. Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as cancer cells become resistant to drug treatment, tumors can grow back. A new nanodevice developed by MIT researchers […]

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New Technique Analyzes Clouds Around Exoplanets

March 3, 2015

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New Technique Allows Analysis of Clouds around Exoplanets

Research from MIT details a new technique that analyzes data from NASA’s Kepler space observatory to determine the types of clouds on planets that orbit other stars. Meteorologists sometimes struggle to accurately predict the weather here on Earth, but now we can find out how cloudy it is on planets outside our solar system, thanks […]

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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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Neuroscientists Examine How Brain Waves Guide Memory Formation

February 23, 2015

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Neuroscientists Reveal How Brain Waves Guide Memory Formation

New research from MIT shows that the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex use two different brain-wave frequencies to communicate as the brain learns to associate unrelated objects. Our brains generate a constant hum of activity: As neurons fire, they produce brain waves that oscillate at different frequencies. Long thought to be merely a byproduct of […]

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NASA’s Van Allen Probes Capture the Effects of a Solar Shockwave

February 19, 2015

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Van Allen Probes Capture the Effects of a Solar Shockwave

NASA’s Van Allen Probes have captured the effects of a solar shockwave on Earth’s radiation from beginning to end for the first time. On October 8, 2013, an explosion on the sun’s surface sent a supersonic blast wave of solar wind out into space. This shockwave tore past Mercury and Venus, blitzing by the moon […]

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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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Engineered Insulin Stays in Bloodstream, Offers Better Diabetes Control

February 10, 2015

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Engineered Insulin Offers Better Diabetes Control

Engineers from MIT have developed insulin that can circulate in the bloodstream for hours, responding rapidly to changes in blood-sugar levels. For patients with diabetes, insulin is critical to maintaining good health and normal blood-sugar levels. However, it’s not an ideal solution because it can be difficult for patients to determine exactly how much insulin […]

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