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ENDLESS FRONTIER: INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

December 2014

 

Science & Tech

 

Detecting gases wirelessly and cheaply

New sensor can transmit information on hazardous chemicals or food spoilage to a smartphone.

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More-flexible digital communication

New theory could yield more-reliable communication protocols.

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Convergence/Health

 

MIT research on a new paper diagnostic for Ebola

Institute for Medical Engineering and Science Professor Lee Gehrke discusses how a simple device now in development could speed diagnosis and improve disease tracking.

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Computer model enables design of complex DNA shapes

MIT biological engineers computer-design the most complicated 3-D structures ever made from DNA.

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Neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Institute reveal fundamental discovery about cortical neurons

Inhibitory neuron functionality is not an immutable property of cortical cells, but a consequence of more complex network dynamics.

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Education

 

Tracking what students grasp

Socrative mobile quiz app saves teachers time and offers real-time data on student comprehension of material.

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Energy & Environment

 

Small engine packs a punch

Startup’s rotary engine, based on novel thermodynamics, is lighter, quieter, more efficient than counterparts.

Read more at http://bit.ly/1A14pW1

 

Plasma shield

Researchers find that Earth’s “plasmaspheric hiss” protects against a harmful radiation belt.

Read more at http://bit.ly/1A16IID