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A graphene roll-out

>>Scalable manufacturing process spools out strips of graphene for use in ultrathin membranes MIT engineers have developed a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene. The team’s results are the first demonstration of an industrial, scalable method for manufacturing high-quality graphene that

Brewing up Earth’s earliest life

Large concentrations of sulfites and bisulfites in shallow lakes may have set the stage for Earth’s first biological molecules CAMBRIDGE, MASS.–Around 4 billion years ago, Earth was an inhospitable place, devoid of oxygen, bursting with volcanic eruptions, and bombarded by asteroids, with no signs of

Engineers turn plastic insulator into heat conductor

>>Technique could prevent overheating of laptops, mobile phones, and other electronics. Plastics are excellent insulators, meaning they can efficiently trap heat — a quality that can be an advantage in something like a coffee cup sleeve. But this insulating property is less desirable in products

Paper-folding art inspires better bandages

>>Cutting kirigami-style slits in stretchy films could make for bandages, heat pads, and wearable electronics that adhere to flexible surfaces. Scraped up knees and elbows are tricky places to securely apply a bandage. More often than not, the adhesive will peel away from the skin

A new way to find better battery materials

>>Design principles could point to better electrolytes for next-generation lithium batteries. A new approach to analyzing and designing new ion conductors — a key component of rechargeable batteries — could accelerate the development of high-energy lithium batteries, and possibly other energy storage and delivery devices