10 Times As Strong As Steel

Researchers design one of the strongest, lightest materials known 3-D-printed gyroid models such as this one were used to test the strength and mechanical properties of a new lightweight material. Photo: Melanie Gonick/MIT Porous, 3-D forms of graphene developed at MIT bring the strength of 2-D materials and the power of material architecture design together…

First Wood-to-Jet-Fuel Commercial Flight

Proves cellulosic sugars from wood can be used to make commercial jet fuel Swissport fuel manager Jarid Svraka fuels an Alaska Airlines flight powered with a 20 percent blend of biofuel made from forest residuals in Sea-Tac Washington on Nov 14, 2016.                Image: newsroom.alaskaair.com Alaska Airlines makes historic…

Moving Medicine Manufacturing From Factory to Front Lines

To produce bio-pharmaceuticals on demand, just add water Researchers at MIT and other institutions have created tiny freeze-dried pellets that include all of the molecular machinery needed to translate DNA into proteins, which could form the basis for on-demand production of drugs and vaccines. Image: Christine Daniloff/MIT. Antimicrobial peptide illustration by Ymahn/Wikimedia Commons. Freeze-dried cellular…

Game-Changing Photosynthetic Solar Cell Engineered

‘Artificial leaf’ converts atmospheric CO2 directly into syngas Simulated sunlight powers a solar cell that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into syngas. Image: news.uic.edu Breakthrough solar cell captures CO2 and sunlight, produces burnable fuel Bill Burton, July 28, 2016: Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that…

Hot New Solar Cell

System converts solar heat into usable light, increasing device’s overall efficiency MIT researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, an STPV device that has a higher solar-to-electrical conversion efficiency compared to that of the underlying PV cell. Photo: courtesy of the researchers. David L. Chandler, MIT News Office, May 23, 2016: A team of MIT…

Hyperloop Transportation Reality Accelerates

Hyperloop One forms new partnerships with global infrastructure giants Welcome to the future. High energy efficiency coupled with electric propulsion yield an energy elegant, carbon free mode of transportation. And to enable on-demand transport, Hyperloop pods are much smaller than most planes and trains and are designed to depart as often as every 10 seconds. Image:…

High Pay Hi-Tech Jobs Grow

Non-profit tech association CompTIA just released in March its 2016 Cyberstates report, which provides a state-by-state analysis of the U.S. technology job market. So, why is the tech industry so important to Colorado? It means: • 3,088 net jobs added between 2014 and 2015 – a number that’s expected to continue to rise in 2016…

Americium Problem Solved

UNC-Chapel Hill cracks 50-year-old nuclear waste problem, making storage safer Americium, 95Am Researchers figure out how to remove americium from nuclear waste pools, opening the door for expanding the use of one of the cleanest and most efficient energy sources on the planet March 16, 2016: Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel…