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ENDLESS FRONTIER: INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

June 2014

Science & Tech

 

Morphable surfaces could cut air resistance

Adding golf ball-like dimples to surfaces could reduce drag and improve efficiency of vehicles.

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How cormorants emerge dry after deep dives

Study reveals how shape and chemistry let feathers shed water after emerging from great depths.

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New ultrastiff, ultralight material developed

Nanostructured material based on repeating microscopic units has record-breaking stiffness at low density.

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New particle-sorting method breaks speed records

Discovery could lead to new ways of detecting cancer cells or purifying contaminated water.

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How to get fresh water out of thin air

MIT Professor Gareth McKinley co-leads research harvesting potable water from the coastal fog that forms on the edge of one of the driest regions on Earth.

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Energy & Environment

 

Diagnosing “broken" buildings to make them greener

Startup’s software detects inefficient equipment in facilities — saving energy, time, and money.

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Improving a new breed of solar cells

Quantum-dot photovoltaics set new record for efficiency in such devices, could unlock new uses.

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Convergence/Health

 

Synchronized brain waves enable rapid learning

MIT study finds neurons that hum together encode new information.

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