January 2014


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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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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