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News & Features - January 2019
01/01/2019

Gut-brain connection signals worms to alter behavior while eating: Study may lead to a better understanding of the digestive tract’s nervous system.

 

 

01/01/2019

Leg nerves activated by light offer new path to restoring mobility: New optogenetic technique could help restore limb movement, treat muscle tremor.

 

01/01/2019

New threat to ozone recovery: Study finds chloroform emissions, on the rise in East Asia, could delay ozone recovery by up to eight years.

 

01/01/2019

System monitors radiation damage to materials in real-time: Facility could rapidly provide data on how material properties change in a nuclear reactor.

 

01/01/2019

Mapping the brain, cell by cell:  Technique for preserving tissue allows researchers to create maps of neural circuits with single-cell resolution.

 

01/01/2019

Laser-pointing system could help tiny satellites transmit data to Earth: Platform offers the precision that shoebox-sized CubeSats need to beam down hefty data packets.

 

01/01/2019

Ingestible capsule can be controlled wirelessly:  Electronic pill can relay diagnostic information or release drugs in response to smartphone commands.

 

01/01/2019

Deep-learning technique reveals “invisible” objects in the dark:  Method could illuminate features of biological tissues in low-exposure images.

 

01/01/2019

To guide cancer therapy, device quickly tests drugs on tumor tissue: Inexpensive 3-D-printed microfluidics device could be used to personalize cancer treatment.

 

01/01/2019

Team invents method to shrink objects to the nanoscale:  It’s not quite the Ant-Man suit, but the system produces 3-D structures one thousandth the size of the originals.

 

01/01/2019

Sun-soaking device turns water into superheated steam: High-temperature steam might be used in remote regions to cook, clean, or sterilize medical equipment.

 

01/01/2019

Terahertz laser for sensing and imaging outperforms its predecessors: High-power, tunable design could be used for chemical detection in outer space, medical imaging, more.

 

01/01/2019

Engineers produce smallest 3-D transistor yet: Process that modifies semiconductor material atom by atom could enable higher-performance electronics.

 

01/01/2019

MIT engineers repurpose wasp venom as an antibiotic drug: Altered peptides from a South American wasp’s venom can kill bacteria but are nontoxic to human cells.

 

01/01/2019

Atoms stand in for electrons in system for probing high-temperature superconductors: Using new “quantum emulator,” physicists can observe individual atoms moving through these materials, and measure their speed.

 

01/01/2019

Technique inspired by dolphin chirps could improve tests of soft materials: Method can be used to quickly characterize any soft, rapidly changing substance, such as clotting blood or drying cement.

 

01/01/2019

“Sun in a box” would store renewable energy for the grid: Design for system that provides solar- or wind-generated power on demand should be cheaper than other leading options.

 



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