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  • Solar funnel

    New antenna made of carbon nanotubes could make photovoltaic cells more efficient by concentrating solar energy.

    September 13, 2010
  • Pushing ions through carbon nanotubes

    The tiny, multitalented carbon tubes can carry single molecules, one at a time.

    September 10, 2010
  • Super-sizing a cancer drug minimizes side effects

    Researchers design a new version of cisplatin that spares the kidneys, letting doctors use higher doses.

    July 28, 2010
  • A new use for gold

    Engineers turn a drawback — the stickiness of gold nanoparticles — into an advantage.

    June 11, 2010
  • Obama intends to nominate Suresh as next NSF director

    The MIT engineering dean would lead the independent federal agency that supports science and engineering research.

    May 31, 2010
  • Liquid-solid interactions, as never before seen

    New technique improves researchers’ ability to measure a key property of material surfaces.

    April 26, 2010
  • A manufacturing renaissance for America?

    At an MIT forum, experts examine new ways to pursue a good old idea: making things.

    March 31, 2010
  • Pushing droplets around

    MIT researchers find a way to make drops on a surface move in just one direction, with possible applications ranging from biology to electronics

    March 29, 2010
  • Self-assembling computer chips

    Molecules that arrange themselves into predictable patterns on silicon chips could lead to microprocessors with much smaller circuit elements.

    March 16, 2010
  • Zooming in on cells

    New microscopy technique offers close-up, real-time view of how proteins kill bacteria

    March 15, 2010
  • In the World: Nanotech on the farm

    MIT chemical engineer Paula Hammond lends her nanotechnology expertise to farmers in Africa.

    March 12, 2010
  • Listening in on single cells

    A novel sensor array is the first to detect single molecules produced by living cells.

    March 8, 2010
  • Iron-plated snail could inspire new armor

    Analysis of unique deep-sea mollusk offers insights into design of armor for soldiers and vehicles.

    January 27, 2010
  • New ‘nanoburrs’ could help fight heart disease

    Targeted nanoparticles can home in on damaged vascular tissue and may be used to deliver drugs that help clear arteries

    January 19, 2010
  • Straining forward

    Nanowires made of ‘strained silicon’ — silicon whose atoms have been pried slightly apart — show how to keep increases in computer power coming.

    January 6, 2010
  • Deshpande Center's latest funding cycle supports goal of 'idea to impact'

    Since 2002, the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation has funded more than 80 projects with over $9 M in grants. The center supports a wide range of emerging technologies including biotechnology, biomedical devices, information technology, new materials, tiny tech, and energy innovations. Eighteen projects have spun out of the center as independent startups, having collectively raised over $150 million in outside financing from investors.

    October 17, 2009
  • Fuel cells get a boost

    Creating tiny steps to electrode surfaces can double the efficiency of the emissions-free electricity sources, MIT researchers find.

    October 15, 2009
  • Harnessing nanopatterns

    New findings show that tiny textures on a surface can produce big differences in how some materials, and even living cells, behave

    September 24, 2009
  • Small springs could provide big power

    Mechanical engineer Carol Livermore and colleagues find that carbon nanotubes, used as springs, have potential to compete with batteries for energy storage.

    September 21, 2009
  • Two chips in one

    MIT team finds a way to combine materials for semiconductor manufacture. The advance helps address the limitations of conventional silicon microprocessors.<br />

    September 15, 2009