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New tabletop detector sees single electrons

MIT physicists have developed a new tabletop particle detector that is able to identify single electrons in a radioactive gas. As the gas decays and gives off electrons, the detector […]


Better sensors for medical imaging, contraband detection

MIT researchers have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. It could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical and materials imaging, […]

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The rise and fall of cognitive skills

Scientists have long known that our ability to think quickly and recall information, also known as fluid intelligence, peaks around age 20 and then begins a slow decline. However, more […]


Quick test for Ebola

Simple paper strip can diagnose Ebola and other fevers within 10 minutes When diagnosing a case of Ebola, time is of the essence. However, existing diagnostic tests take at least […]


New nanogel for drug delivery

Self-healing gel can be injected into the body and act as a long-term drug depot. Scientists are interested in using gels to deliver drugs because they can be molded into […]