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A battery-free sensor for underwater exploration

A battery-free sensor for underwater exploration

“Submerged system uses the vibration of “piezoelectric” materials to generate power and send and receive data. To investigate the vastly unexplored oceans covering most our planet, researchers aim to build a submerged network of interconnected sensors that send data to …

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A single-photon source you can make at home

A single-photon source you can make at home

“Shining light through household bleach creates fluorescent quantum defects in carbon nanotubes for quantum computing and biomedical imaging. Quantum computing and quantum cryptography are expected to give much higher capabilities than their classical counterparts. For example, the computation power in …

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Watching electrons using extreme ultraviolet light

Watching electrons using extreme ultraviolet light

“MIT researchers have developed a new technique to reveal the uncharted dynamics of electrons in materials. A new technique developed by a team at MIT can map the complete electronic band structure of materials at high resolution. This capability is …

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Computer-aided knitting

Computer-aided knitting

“New research from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory uses machine learning to customize clothing designs. The oldest known knitting item dates back to Egypt in the Middle Ages, by way of a pair of carefully handcrafted socks. Although …

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Lowering emissions without breaking the bank

Lowering emissions without breaking the bank

“New research provides a look at how India could meet its climate targets while maintaining economic growth India’s economy is booming, driving up electric power consumption to unprecedented levels. The nation’s installed electricity capacity, which increased fivefold in …

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A chemical approach to imaging cells from the inside

A chemical approach to imaging cells from the inside

“Researchers develop a new microscopy system for creating maps of cells, using chemical reactions to encode spatial information. The following press release was issued today by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. A team of researchers at the McGovern …

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A new way of making complex structures in thin films

A new way of making complex structures in thin films

“Self-assembling materials can form patterns that might be useful in optical devices. Self-assembling materials called block copolymers, which are known to form a variety of predictable, regular patterns, can now be made into much more complex patterns that may open …

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Making wireless communication more energy efficient

Making wireless communication more energy efficient

“Along with studying theory, “it’s also important to me that the work we are doing will help to solve real-world problems,” says LIDS student Omer Tanovic. Omer Tanovic, a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer …

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Micro ring resonator has highest quality factor to date

Micro ring resonator has highest quality factor to date

“MIT, Singapore researchers show high-quality photonic device based on amorphous silicon carbide. Researchers at MIT and Singapore University of Technology (SUTD) have demonstrated a micro ring resonator made of amorphous silicon carbide with the highest quality factor to date. The …

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Getting more heat out of sunlight

Getting more heat out of sunlight

“Material developed at MIT can passively capture solar heat for home heating or industrial applications. A newly developed material that is so perfectly transparent you can barely see it could unlock many new uses for solar heat. It generates much …

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