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ENDLESS FRONTIER: INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

October 2014

Manufacturing

 

Reif briefs Obama in White House forum on the innovation economy

MIT’s President delivers recommendations from a Presidential committee he co-chaired on developing innovation-based growth. Proposals include training workers and aiding the business climate to address the loss of jobs and manufacturing production in the U.S.

Read more at http://bit.ly/1sRnVwe and http://1.usa.gov/1wQATSC

 

Energy & Environment

 

A world of wireless power

WiTricity brings wireless power to electrical cars, consumer electronics, and other applications that currently require clumsy cables or chargers.

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Beating battery drain

MIT startup’s power-conserving chip may increase smartphone battery life, save energy in cell towers.

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Convergence/Health

 

Better chemotherapy through targeted delivery

New approach could kill tumor cells in the brain more effectively and avoid side effects.

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Fast modeling of cancer mutations

New genome-editing technique enables rapid analysis of genes mutated in tumors.

Read more at http://bit.ly/1wQydV5

 

Nanoparticles get a magnetic handle

New method developed at MIT produces particles that can glow with color-coded light and be manipulated with magnets— key to using them in biological research.

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Science & Tech

 

Raising cryptography’s standards

Calculating encryption schemes’ theoretical security guarantees eases comparison, improvement.

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Solid nanoparticles can deform like a liquid

Unexpected finding by MIT team shows tiny particles keep their internal crystal structure while flexing like droplets; the work could have important implications for the design of components in nanotechnology.

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Superconducting circuits, simplified

New circuit design could unlock the power of experimental superconducting computer chips.

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