ENDLESS FRONTIER:
INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

January 2014

Innovation

New MIT report:  22 Federally supported innovations
From GPS to lactose-free milk, a new MIT Washington report examines the vital role of federal research and development investment in 22 major technology advances.
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Energy & Environment

How to tap the sun’s energy through heat as well as light
New approach developed at MIT could generate power from sunlight efficiently and on demand.
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The ocean’s hidden waves show their power
Large-scale tests in the lab and the South China Sea reveal the origins of underwater waves that can tower hundreds of feet.
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Disordered materials hold promise for better batteries
MIT researchers find that contrary to conventional wisdom, cathodes made of disordered lithium compounds can perform better than perfectly ordered ones.
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MIT fusion experiment energized by new budget deal
Alcator C-Mod to receive $22.2 million in 2014
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Convergence/Health

In the blink of an eye
MIT neuroscientists find the brain can identify images seen for as little as 13 milliseconds, far faster than the 100 milliseconds suggested by previous studies.
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What a glowing green worm can teach us about our immune systems
By studying a worm that swims in bacteria, MIT scientists believe they will gain a better understanding of our immune systems. A PBS story (includes video).
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In the brain, timing is everything
MIT study reveals how the brain links memories of events that occur one after the other.
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Science & Tech

Bringing the world reboot-less updates
Ksplice software, which allows for updates without rebooting, became a profitable venture for the MIT alumni who developed it.
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