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INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

October 2013

Convergence/Health

Finding blood clots before they wreak havoc
Simple urine test developed by MIT engineers uses nanotechnology to detect dangerous blood clotting.
http://bit.ly/16heT52

Detecting early stage malarial infection
New prototype device recognizes electrical properties of infected cells as signatures of disease.
http://bit.ly/1aapOLc

Energy

Solar cell manufacturing costs: innovation could level the field
Study shows that factors other than wages dominate trends in photovoltaic costs, raising the prospect of competitive manufacturing anywhere.
http://bit.ly/1aapxb8

Water shedding surfaces can be made to last
New approach to hydrophobic material could benefit power plants, cooling systems.
http://bit.ly/1aapf45

Science

Surprisingly simple scheme for self assembling robots
Small cubes with no exterior moving parts can propel themselves forward, jump on top of each other, and snap together to form arbitrary shapes.
http://bit.ly/HciFDi

Cracked metal, heal thyself
Unexpected result shows that in some cases, pulling apart makes cracks in metal fuse together.
http://bit.ly/16heLT5

Seeing the dark
New MIT-led experiment could finally shed light on the mysteries of dark matter.
http://bit.ly/16hf2FA