April 2014


Bionic ankle 'emulates nature'
MIT Bionics pioneer Hugh Herr’s prosthetic ankle mimics the power and control of its biological counterpart. Includes link to Herr’s headline-making TED talk, as Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a professional dancer whose leg was partially amputated after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, used one of his prostheses to rumba on stage.
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AAAS session report on convergence now available
AAAS has released an impactful report based upon sessions at its annual meeting held earlier this year.  Convergence Science: A Revolution for Health Solutions, explains the concept of Convergence and its importance as a research framework, and includes commentary from leading voices in the field today.
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Tracking oxygen in the body
MRI sensor developed at MIT that enables long-term monitoring of oxygen levels could aid cancer diagnosis and treatment.
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How the brain pays attention
MIT Neuroscientists have identified a brain circuit that’s key to shifting our focus from one object to another: a part of the prefrontal cortex known as the inferior frontal junction (IFJ).
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Targeting cancer with a triple threat
MIT chemists design nanoparticles that can deliver three cancer drugs at a time, allowing researchers to develop new treatment regimens that could better kill cancer cells while avoiding the side effects of traditional chemotherapy.
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Energy & Environment

A molecular approach to solar power
Switchable material could harness the power of the sun — even when it’s not shining.
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Science & Tech

Tiny particles could help verify goods
MIT researchers have invented a new type of tiny, smartphone-readable particle that they believe could be deployed to help authenticate currency, electronic parts, and luxury goods, among other products, helping to crack down on counterfeiting.
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New material for flat semiconductors
Researchers find a two-dimensional, self-assembling material that might lend itself to easier manufacturing and be used to produce solar cells or transistors.
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