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Adding an inert polymer to plastic solar cells enables high efficiency and easy production

Polymer plastic solar cells remain an industry priority because of their light weight, flexibility and cost-effectiveness. (Learn More >>)

Rapid Zika Detection Test Uses Smartphone Technology

The Zika virus, which continues to cause microcephaly and other neurological complications in infants whose mothers were infected during pregnancy, remains a public health concern. (Learn More >>)

'Stealth sheet' hides hot objects from prying infrared eyes

Infrared cameras are the heat-sensing eyes that help drones find their targets, even in the dead of night or through heavy fog. (Learn More >>)

Harnessing silicon nanoparticles to fight infections

There is an urgent need for better methods to treat bacterial infection in the race between developing new antibiotics and the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria. (Learn More >>)

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 >>)

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 >>)