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    Ann Makosinski

    Ann Makosinski’s first serious toy was a box of transistors. She’s been tinkering ever since, creating projects with a hot-glue gun and household items. A few years ago, she used her hobby to solve a real-world problem. A friend in ...

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    Multicoil Links May Hold the Key to Wireless Charging


    Despite advancements in wireless devices, consumers still rely on cords, cables and replaceable batteries to fuel them. Recent advancements in wireless power show promise of eliminating cords altogether, but one article published in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics shows promise of making this technology ...

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    Tiny wires, great potential

    Robert Day, Research Assistant in Chemistry and Chemical Biology and a co-author, Max Mankin, (red) GSAS student recently discovered a new way to create nanowires with unusual properties in the Mallinckrodt Chemistry Lab at Harvard University. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

    Harvard scientists develop method that creates nanowires with new useful properties   Harvard scientists have developed a first-of-its-kind method of creating a class of nanowires that one day could have applications in areas ranging from consumer electronics to solar panels. ...

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    Object recognition for robots


    Robots’ maps of their environments can make existing object-recognition algorithms more accurate. John Leonard’s group in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile autonomous robots map their environments and ...

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