Tag Archives: Science

Turning emissions into fuel

MIT-developed method converts carbon dioxide into useful compounds BY DAVID L CHANDLER, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — MIT researchers have developed a new system that could potentially be used for converting power plant emissions of carbon dioxide into useful fuels for cars, trucks, and planes,

3-D-printed device builds better nanofibers

Printed nozzle system could make uniform, versatile fibers at much lower cost BY LARRY HARDESTY, MIT NEWS  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Meshes made from fibers with nanometer-scale diameters have a wide range of potential applications, including tissue engineering, water filtration, solar cells, and even body armor. But

Technique spots warning signs of extreme events

>> Method may help predict hotspots of instability affecting climate, aircraft performance, and ocean circulation BY JENNIFER CHU, MIT NEWS  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Many extreme events — from a rogue wave that rises up from calm waters, to an  instability inside a gas turbine, to the

New analysis explains role of defects in metal oxides

>> Harnessing these imperfections could have implications for computer memory and energy conversion BY DAVID L CHANDLER, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Sometimes things that are technically defects, such as imperfections in a material’s crystal lattice, can actually produce changes in properties that open up

How to make data centers more energy efficient

Flash-memory system could reduce power consumption of data center “caches” by 90 percent BY LARRY HARDESTY, MIT NEWS  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Most modern websites store data in databases, and since database queries are relatively slow, most sites also maintain so-called cache servers, which list the results