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Targeting cancer with a triple threat

MIT chemists design nanoparticles that can deliver three cancer drugs at a time. Delivering chemotherapy drugs in nanoparticle form could help reduce side effects by...

Anti-counterfeiting particles

Chemical engineers hope smartphone-readable microparticles could crack down on counterfeiting. Some 2 to 5 percent of all international trade involves counterfeit goods, according to a...

A molecular approach to solar power

It’s an obvious truism, but one that may soon be outdated: The problem with solar power is that sometimes the sun doesn’t shine. Now a...

New ‘switch’ could power quantum computing

A light lattice that traps atoms may help scientists build networks of quantum information transmitters. Using a laser to place individual rubidium atoms near the...

Why we miss subtle visual changes, and why it keeps us...

Researchers discover a 'continuity field' that merges the appearance of similar objects seen within a matter of seconds Ever notice how Harry Potter's T-shirt abruptly...

A new angle on controlling light

System could provide first method for filtering light waves based on direction. Light waves can be defined by three fundamental characteristics: their color (or wavelength),...

Engineers design ‘living materials’

Hybrid materials combine bacterial cells with nonliving elements that can conduct electricity or emit light. Inspired by natural materials such as bone — a matrix...

MIT team creates bionic plants

Nanotechnology could turn shrubbery into supercharged energy producers or sensors for explosives Plants have many valuable functions: They provide food and fuel, release the oxygen...

Soft robotic fish moves like the real thing

A new robotic fish can change direction almost as rapidly as a real fish. Soft robots — which don’t just have soft exteriors but are...

Two-dimensional material shows promise for optoelectronics

A team of MIT researchers has used a novel material that’s just a few atoms thick to create devices that can harness or emit...

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