Category Archives: Innovation

How to make a “perfect” solar absorber

New system aims to harness the full spectrum of available solar radiation. CAMBRIDGE, Mass–The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is…

Fingertip sensor gives robot unprecedented dexterity

Equipped with a novel optical sensor, a robot grasps a USB plug and inserts it into a USB port. CAMBRIDGE, Mass– Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University have equipped a…

SATCOMS Fast-Tracking Breast Cancer Detection

Satellites are linking mobile breast cancer screening units directly to hospitals so that radiologists can start their diagnoses earlier. Every day, 180 vans equipped with X-ray machines are deployed across…

‘Rowing’ wheelchair is a moving experience

Rice University students build custom chair for teen with arthrogryposis HOUSTON – Rice University students have built a unique wheelchair for a Houston teenager who will now be able to…