ENDLESS FRONTIER:
INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

November 2013

Science

Inexpensive ‘nano-camera’ can operate at the speed of light
Device could be used in medical imaging, collision-avoidance detectors for cars, and interactive gaming. 
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Energy & Environment

New Antenna Spreads Good Vibrations in Fusion Plasma
"Shoelace Antenna" exploits naturally occurring resonant vibrations to regulate heat and particle flow through the plasma boundary in a tokamak fusion reactor at MIT. An APS/Physics.org story.
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Catalyst for business
Startup Rive Technology is commercializing an MIT-developed invention that improves catalysts used in oil refining, leading to greater yields.
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How do we balance needs of energy, water, and climate?
MIT study underscores need to examine trade-offs before choosing energy technologies.
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'Hybrid' nuclear plants could make a dent in carbon emissions
Combining nuclear with artificial geothermal, shale oil, or hydrogen production could help slow climate change, study shows.
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Magnetic nanoparticles could aid heat dissipation
Particles suspended in cooling water could prevent hotspots in nuclear plant cooling systems and electronics.
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Education

MIT economist's 'hard math' books inspire young students
New book presents math as something powerful, beautiful, and fun to students enthralled by challenge and that feel accomplishment solving especially complex problems.
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Convergence/Health

Creating synthetic antibodies
Synthetic polymers coating a nanoparticle surface can recognize specific molecules just like an antibody.
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