ENDLESS FRONTIER:
INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

August 2012

Science

Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors
New algorithms allow a self-directed robotic plane to dodge obstacles in subterranean parking garage without the aid of GPS.
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Single-photon transmitter could enable new quantum devices
Long-sought goal for quantum devices – the ability to transit single photons while blocking multiple photons – is finally achieved.
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Mechanical engineers develop ‘intelligent co-pilot’ for cars
Semiautonomous system takes the wheel to keep drivers safe.
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Soft, self-directed ‘Meshworm’ robot inches along
With model for muscle, resilient, flexible design enables body-morphing capability.
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Engineers achieve longstanding goal of stable nanocrystalline metals
Method developed by MIT researchers could produce materials with exceptional strength and other properties.
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Health

Researchers engineer light-activated skeletal muscle
Technique may enable robotic animals to that move with the strength and flexibility of their living counterparts.
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