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It’s an obvious truism, but one that may soon be outdated: The problem with solar power is that sometimes the sun doesn’t shine.Now a...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

Tiny particles may pose big DNA risk

Some nanoparticles commonly added to consumer products can significantly damage DNA.Thousands of consumer products — including cosmetics, sunscreens, and clothing — contain nanoparticles added...

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),...

Seeking a ‘parts list’ for the retina

New technique classifies retinal neurons into 15 categories, including some previously unknown types.As we scan a scene, many types of neurons in our retinas...

Team fits gas-guzzlers with electric powertrains, cutting gas consumption

Despite their potential to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and fuel consumption, electric and hybrid cars and trucks struggled for years to find a...

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...

Sketch: A self-completing programming system

A system that automatically fills in the gaps in programmers’ code becomes more powerful. Since he was a graduate student, Armando Solar-Lezama, an associate professor...

A brighter future for filtered seawater

MIT researchers evaluate graphene’s potential for making desalination economically viable. The challenge of dwindling fresh-water supplies looms ever larger as droughts become more common and...

Better RNA interference, inspired by nature

New MIT nanoparticles offer best-ever gene silencing, could help treat liver diseases. Inspired by tiny particles that carry cholesterol through the body, MIT chemical engineers...

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