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I'm a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. Before going freelance, I was MIT Technology Review's material science editor; and I graduated from MIT's Science Writing program in 2004.
Hybrid materials made of cardiac cells and carbon nanotubes might patch damaged hearts and provide muscle for robots made of living tissues.
The U.S. has plenty of the metals that are critical to many green-energy technologies, but engineering and R&D expertise have moved overseas.
A one-step process creates a highly antireflective layer for photovoltaics.
Fibers spun from carbon nanotubes have the conductivity of copper and the strength of advanced composites.
The company says its future is in energy products for the Chinese market.
Researchers have demonstrated a new mechanism for converting both sunlight and heat into electricity.
Long-lived nuclear batteries powered by hydrogen isotopes are in testing for military applications.
Developers think these phase-change materials could reduce the need for air-conditioning.
Propane chemically derived from corn could be used in heating and transportation.
Researchers achieve a goal they’ve been after since the 1980s—the advance could make cars and airplanes lighter, and renewable energy more practical.