Polymer glue helps fracture-prone high-capacity batteries last through more charges.
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Hard-drive maker HGST has tamed the manufacturing challenges to bringing high-capacity, energy-efficient helium-filled drives to market.
A carbon nanotube computer processor is comparable to a chip from the early 1970s, and may be the first step beyond silicon electronics.
Researchers demonstrate flexible graphene circuits speedy enough for cell-phone communication.
Paul Weiss ’80, SM ’80, is bringing together nanoscientists and neuroscientists to develop new tools for understanding the brain.
An early-stage company aims to commercialize new optical materials for denser data storage and better cancer treatments.
Soft contact lenses could display information to the wearer and provide continuous medical monitoring.
Transparent, shape-changing plastics could make touch screens and keyboards that stimulate users’ sense of touch.
Genetic logic gates will enable biologists to program cells for chemical production and disease detection.
An integrated circuit that adjusts to damage shows a way to make ordinary chips more efficient and reliable.