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.
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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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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.
The world’s trove of information is already expanding incredibly fast. Now automated applications will quickly enlarge it even further.