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INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

October 2012

Science

The state of the U.S. election system
New report from M.I.T. and Caltech notes gains in voting-machine technologies, but warns they could be cancelled out by errors introduced through mail and Internet voting
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‘Invisibility’ could be key to better electronics
M.I.T. team applies technology developed for visual ‘cloaking’ to enable more efficient transfer of electrons
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A better way to shed water
M.I.T. researchers find that lubricated, nanotextured surfaces improved performance of condensers in power and desalination plants
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Energy

Seeing the light
Architect Christoph Reinhardt studies how buildings--and whole communities—can use daylight to become more energy-efficient
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New technique reveals lithium in action
Fundamental reactions behind advanced battery technology, revealed in detail by advanced imaging method, could lead to improved materials
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Convergence

How cancer cells break free from tumors
New M.I.T. study identifies adhesion molecules key to cancer’s spread through the body
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