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ENDLESS FRONTIER: INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

January 2015

Convergence/Health

 

3 Questions: Lydia Bourouiba on Ebola virus transmission

The professor from MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering garnered media attention last year for her research showing that aerosol particles produced by sneezing and coughing could spread much farther than previously realized. What might be learned from that research helpful to controlling the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in West Africa?

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MIT team enlarges brain samples, making them easier to image

New technique uses inexpensive, commercially available chemicals and microscopes commonly found in research labs, should give many more scientists access to super-resolution microscopy of large biological specimens.

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New fibers can deliver many simultaneous stimuli

Implanted into the brain or spinal column, they can transmit drugs, light, and electrical signals.

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Energy & Environment

 

Water supplies could be strongly affected by climate change

A new analysis led by MIT researchers has found that changes in groundwater may actually be much greater than indicated by regional changes in precipitation.

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Science & Tech

 

MIT-USAID program releases pioneering evaluation of solar lanterns

First report of Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation offers new framework for assessment, intended to better inform the development community’s purchasing decisions.

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Qubits with staying power

Technique greatly extends duration of fragile quantum states, pointing toward practical quantum computers.

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Toward quantum chips

Packing single-photon detectors on an optical chip is a crucial step toward quantum-computational circuits.

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