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To tweet or retreat? Survey shows researchers aren’t tapping in to social media’s powers of dissemination

By Jessica McMathis / April 22, 2014

A new paper by a Michigan State University (MSU) researcher suggests that university scholars have all-but-ignored social networks in distributing scientific findings and connecting with their tweet-happy, tech-savvy students.

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Billion-dollar global development lab seeks scientific solutions to end extreme poverty by 2030

By Jessica McMathis / April 16, 2014

The newly formed US Global Development Lab is set to offer up scientific solutions to the world’s poverty problems—and end extreme poverty by 2030.

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Creativity and innovation—married, dating, or just friends?

By April Gocha / April 12, 2014

New research from Rice University, University of Edinburgh, and Brunel University suggests that there is a serious gap between creativity and innovation when it comes to implementation in business and academia.

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Wearable tech market to reach beyond wrists in 2014

By Jessica McMathis / April 2, 2014

According to analysts, 2014 is the year wearables—which include health, sports, and activity trackers, as well as smart-glass products—that will become a “key consumer technology.”

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Google veep: Advances in science, engineering vital in meeting global energy challenges

By Jessica McMathis / March 30, 2014

Google’s vice president of energy believes the work of scientists and engineers will be key in finding solutions to global energy challenges.

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Thumbs up? Solar-powered drone maker could be worth $60 million to Facebook (with video)

By Jessica McMathis / March 18, 2014

If reports of Titan Aerospace’s acquisition by Facebook are true, the solar-powered drone company is about to acquire 60 million new friends.

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Get outta my dreams, get into my car—Volvo tests magnets to guide driverless cars

By April Gocha / March 16, 2014

Volvo Car Group announced it has completed a research project to investigate the use of road-equipped ferrite magnets to guide driverless cars.

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Video: Materials at heart of mobile display, battery life battle

By Jim Destefani / November 15, 2013

Indium gallium zinc oxide and low-temperature polycrystalline silicon are battling to replace amorphous silicon in backplane chips for mobile displays and other applications, and both technologies offer the promise of higher-resolution displays and reduced power consumption.

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Other materials science stories that may be of interest

By / July 9, 2012

Check ’em out: New method knocks out stubborn electron problem A newly published article in Physical Review Letters eliminates one of the top unsolved theoretical problems in chemical physics as ranked by the National Research Council in 1995. Scientists now can more accurately predict the dynamic behavior of electrons in atoms and molecules in chemical…

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Materials stories that may also be of interest

By / July 29, 2011

Sun-free photovoltaics: Silicon chip micro-reactors contain photonic crystals on both flat faces, with external tubes for injecting fuel and air and ejecting waste products. In use, these reactors would have a photovoltaic cell mounted against each face to convert the emitted wavelengths of light to electricity. Credit: Justin Knight, MIT. Check ’em out: • Uh oh,…

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