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Nanoparticles could offer a new way to help eradicate polio worldwide

A new nanoparticle vaccine developed by MIT researchers could assist efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. (Learn More >>)

Scientists make strong, super-tough carbon sheets at low temperature

An international research team led by scientists at Beihang University in China and The University of Texas at Dallas has developed high-strength, super-tough sheets of carbon that can be inexpensively fabricated at low temperatures. (Learn More >>)

Butterfly wings inspire light-manipulating surface for medical implants

Inspired by tiny nanostructures on transparent butterfly wings, engineers at Caltech have developed a synthetic analogue for eye implants that makes them more effective and longer-lasting. (Learn More >>)

Our phones could soon be sending data by light

Researchers have developed a method to fabricate silicon chips that can communicate with light and are no more expensive than current chip technology. (Learn More >>)

Scalable manufacturing process spools out strips of graphene for use in ultrathin membranes

MIT engineers have developed a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene. (Learn More >>)

Nanosilicates grow bone and cartilage tissue from stem cells in the absence of growth factors

Human stem cells have shown potential in medicine as they can transform to various specialized cell types such as bone and cartilage cells. (Learn More >>)

Daylight Turns Plastic Sheet into Germ-Killing Material

Scientists have developed membranes that produce a tiny bit of disinfecting hydrogen peroxide when exposed to light. They could find their way into food packaging as well, the researchers say, helping cut down on foodborne diseases. (Learn More >>)

Self-Assembling, Tunable Interfaces Found in Quantum Materials

A potential revolution in device engineering could be underway, thanks to the discovery of functional electronic interfaces in quantum materials that can self-assemble spontaneously. (Learn More >>)

2-D Materials Enable Swarms of Floating Microbots

Researchers at MIT have devised a way to graft nanoscale electronic devices onto floating microscale particles to monitor everything from gases in a range of environments to the human digestive system. (Learn More >>)

Scientists Build Army of Metal-Organic Nanoflowers to Treat Cancer

Doctors have used radiation to treat cancer for over a century, but it's always been a delicate art to direct treatment while avoiding healthy tissue. (Learn More >>)