Monthly Archives: February 2015

Nano-Architecture | MIT Technology Review

To visit the lab of Caltech materials ­scientist Julia Greer is to enter a realm where the ordinary rules of physical stuff don’t seem to apply. Greer designs and builds nanomaterials that behave in ways surprising to those of us … Continue reading

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Megascale Desalination | MIT Technology Review

On a Mediterranean beach 10 miles south of Tel Aviv, Israel, a vast new industrial facility hums around the clock. It is the world’s largest modern seawater desalination plant, providing 20 percent of the water consumed by the country’s households. … Continue reading

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Experiments Start on a Molten Salt Nuclear Reactor | MIT Technology Review

Transatomic Power a startup that’s developing a novel type of nuclear reactor, has begun a series of experiments that will either verify its design or send it back to the drawing board. The experiments were made possible by $2.5 million … Continue reading

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How Tesla Boosted Its Roadster’s Range by 50 Percent | MIT Technology Review

Tesla stopped making the $100,000-plus Roadster in 2011, but this spring those who already own one can upgrade it to travel 400 miles on a charge, a 50 percent increase. The new range is competitive with conventional cars, which typically … Continue reading

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NIMH Batteries Get an Energy Boost | MIT Technology Review

Almost every automaker interested in producing electric cars is betting on improvements to lithium-ion batteries to make the cars cheaper and extend their driving range. But scientists at BASF are exploring the possibilities of an older type of battery, nickel-metal … Continue reading

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3-D Transistors Made with Molecular Self-Assembly | MIT Technology Review

A new way of building computer chips is taking shape that involves synthesizing molecules so that they automatically assemble into complex structures—which then serve as templates for etching nanoscale circuitry into silicon. The approach could let the computer industry continue … Continue reading

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Nano-Manufacturing Makes Steel 10 Times Stronger | MIT Technology Review

An inexpensive new process can increase the strength of metals such as steel by as much as 10 times, and make them much more resistant to corrosion. If the modified metals pass field testing, the new process could go on … Continue reading

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