Turning heat into electricity using “topological” materials

With advancements in thermoelectric technology, in future, you could run your air conditioner using sun’s heat instead of conventional electricity. Thermoelectric devices are made from materials that can convert a temperature difference into electricity, without requiring any moving parts — a quality that makes thermoelectrics a potentially appealing source of electricity. The phenomenon is reversible: … Continue reading “Turning heat into electricity using “topological” materials”

Citizen scientists discover five tightly packed exoplanets

Five new planets have been discovered outside our solar system, all orbiting a sun-like star located within the constellation Aquarius, nearly 620 light years from Earth. The alien worlds are considered super-Earths, sizing in at two to three times larger than our own blue planet. All five exoplanets are likely scorchingly hot: Each planet comes … Continue reading “Citizen scientists discover five tightly packed exoplanets”

Portable Device to generate corrective lens prescriptions in 10 seconds

Vision impairment is a major global issue. More than 2 billion people worldwide don’t have access to corrective lenses. Getting eyeglasses prescriptions is especially difficult in developing countries. Optometrists are generally located in urban centers and rarely see patients from rural areas, so many people suffer from uncorrected impairments. According to the World Health Organization, … Continue reading “Portable Device to generate corrective lens prescriptions in 10 seconds”

MIT spinout Endor uses Social Physics to become “Google” for predictive analytics

Companies often employ number-crunching data scientists to gather insights such as which customers want certain services or where to open new stores and stock products. Analyzing the data to answer one or two of those queries, however, can take weeks or even months. Now MIT spinout Endor has developed a predictive-analytics platform that lets anyone, … Continue reading “MIT spinout Endor uses Social Physics to become “Google” for predictive analytics”

MIT Engineers create Nanobionic Light-Emitting Plants that can glow like a lamp

Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp when it gets dark, you could read by the light of a glowing plant on your desk. MIT engineers have taken a critical first step toward making that vision a reality. By embedding specialized nanoparticles into the leaves of a watercress plant, they induced the plants to … Continue reading “MIT Engineers create Nanobionic Light-Emitting Plants that can glow like a lamp”