Researchers have demonstrated a way to give concrete surfaces the ability to heal when small cracks appear, an advance that could allow bridges and other structures to last longer.
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I’m MIT Technology Review’s research editor. I spend my days taking things extremely seriously and attempting with all my nerdy might to piece together bigger pictures from the bits and shreds of truth I manage to filter from the information barrage. I’m particularly obsessed with the energy-related challenges facing humanity and the future of the Internet.
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An impressive video shows a strand of material that folds itself into prescribed shape underwater. The inventor explains how the underlying idea could be useful.
Newly observed properties mean graphene could be a highly efficient converter of light to electric power.
Cheap natural gas means U.S. electricity producers are buying less coal. But the rest of the world is buying more.
3-D printing technology is evolving quickly, but not that quickly.
Researchers have given nanoparticles the ability to tell immune cells not to eat them, a development that could have broad implications for medicine.
Wrapping alcohol-digesting enzymes in a nanoscale polymer allows them to quickly reduce blood alcohol content.
Drawing on millions NFL team page “likes,” Facebook reveals every county's favorite Super Bowl team
A helpful visualization of historical temperatures shows dramatic variation in the local effects of global warming.