Science & Tech
Morphable surfaces could cut air resistance
Adding golf ball-like dimples to surfaces could reduce drag and improve efficiency of vehicles.
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How cormorants emerge dry after deep dives
Study reveals how shape and chemistry let feathers shed water after emerging from great depths.
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New ultrastiff, ultralight material developed
Nanostructured material based on repeating microscopic units has record-breaking stiffness at low density.
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New particle-sorting method breaks speed records
Discovery could lead to new ways of detecting cancer cells or purifying contaminated water.
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How to get fresh water out of thin air
MIT Professor Gareth McKinley co-leads research harvesting potable water from the coastal fog that forms on the edge of one of the driest regions on Earth.
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Energy & Environment
Diagnosing “broken" buildings to make them greener
Startup’s software detects inefficient equipment in facilities — saving energy, time, and money.
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Improving a new breed of solar cells
Quantum-dot photovoltaics set new record for efficiency in such devices, could unlock new uses.
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Synchronized brain waves enable rapid learning
MIT study finds neurons that hum together encode new information.
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