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INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

February 2013

Policy

Science must be spared Washington’s ax
An op/ed piece co-authored by MIT president L. Rafael Reif and former Intel chief executive and chairman Craig Barrett provides a brief history of science and technology R & D—and discusses sequestration’s likely impact on the American economy.  Courtesy of the Financial Times. 
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Science

Humans and robots work better together following cross-training
Swapping of roles improves efficiency as well as robots’ confidence and humans’ trust.
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MIT wants future US Army uniforms to contain 'functional fibres'
Scientists demonstrate uniforms with microscopic threads woven into the fabric that will allow soldiers to detect heat, light, and sound – and bring some clarity to the fog of war. A Wired UK story.
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A cooler way to protect silicon surfaces
A team of MIT researchers has found a new room-temperature process that could lead to less expensive solar cells and other electronic devices.
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Energy

Engineering cells for more efficient biofuel production
Yeast research takes a step toward production of alternatives to gasoline in the labs of MIT chemical engineers and biologists.
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Education

What’s the cost and financial value of college?
Experts say evidence shows the payoff from college education remains high. 
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Health/Convergence

Bringing a new perspective to infectious disease
Enlisted in the fight against HIV, MIT engineers and scientists contribute new technology, materials and computational studies.
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