ENDLESS FRONTIER:
INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

September 2012

Space

Measuring the universe’s ‘exit door’
For the first time, an international team has measured the radius of a black hole.
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Science

Automatic building mapping could help emergency responders
A prototype sensor array that can be worn in the chest automatically maps the wearer’s environment, recognizing movement between floors. 
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Watching electrons move at high speed
A new MIT system allows femtosecond-resolution movie of electrons in a topological insulator, a promising new electronic material.
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Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors
New algorithms allow a self-directed robotic plane to dodge obstacles in subterranean parking garage without the aid of GPS.
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Convergence

Getting drugs under your skin
Using ultrasound waves, researchers boost skin’s permeability to drugs.
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Oscillating microscopic beads could be key to biolab on a chip
MIT team finds way to manipulate and measure magnetic particles without contact, potentially enabling multiple medical tests on a tiny device
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Researchers engineer light-activated skeletal muscle
Technique may enable robotic animals to that move with the strength and flexibility of their living counterparts.
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