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ENDLESS FRONTIER: INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

August 2015

 

Convergence/Health

 

Real-time data for cancer therapy

Biochemical sensor developed at MIT, implanted at initial biopsy could allow doctors to better monitor and adjust cancer treatments.

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A cheaper, high-performance prosthetic knee

Researchers design cheap prosthetic knee that mimics normal walking motion.

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New material opens possibilities for super-long-acting pills

A pH-responsive polymer gel could create swallowable devices, including capsules for ultra-long drug delivery.

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How chronic inflammation can lead to cancer

MIT researchers discover how the immune system can create cancerous DNA mutations when fighting off infection.

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A metabolic master switch underlying human obesity

Researchers find pathway that controls metabolism by prompting fat cells to store or burn fat.

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Energy & Environment

 

A small, modular, efficient fusion plant

New design could finally help to bring the long-sought power source closer to reality.

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‘Yolks’ and ‘shells’ improve rechargeable batteries

Aluminum could give a big boost to capacity and power of lithium-ion batteries.

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Science & Tech

 

Making the new silicon

Gallium nitride electronics could drastically cut energy usage in data centers, consumer devices.

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How to look for a few good catalysts

New research shows non-wetting surfaces promote chemical reaction rates.

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