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ENDLESS FRONTIER: INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

June 2015

Innovation
 
‘A better way to deliver innovation to the world’
MIT President L. Rafael Reif writes in the Washington Post that the U.S. needs a more systematic way to help its new-science innovators deliver ideas to the world; calls for accelerating a two-stage process: a coalition of funders, and identifying new ways to shorten the time from investment to impact.
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Social Sciences
 
Can phone data detect real-time unemployment?
A study co-authored by MIT researchers shows that mobile phone data can provide rapid insight into employment levels, as people’s communications patterns change when they are not working.
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Convergence/Health
 
Diagnosing cancer with help from bacteria
For many years, scientists have been trying to develop bacteria as a possible vehicle for cancer treatment. Now, they have devised a new way to detect cancer that has spread to the liver, by enlisting help from engineered probiotics — beneficial bacteria similar to those found in yogurt.
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Tough biogel structures produced by 3-D printing
Stretchable, biocompatible hydrogels with complex patterning could be used in tissue engineering.
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Researchers find “lost” memories
Scientists use optogenetics to reactivate memories that could not otherwise be retrieved.
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Energy & Environment
 
Unlocking nanofibers’ potential
Prototype boosts production of versatile fibers fourfold, while cutting energy consumption by 92 percent.
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