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Faster printing could see the technology move from research labs to industry.
Large patches of an extremely strong new adhesive, inspired by geckos, can be used over and over again.
Cheaper green semiconductor lasers could bring a novel display technology to market.
Silicon backing should make high-efficiency lighting more affordable.
Plastic or silk threads covered with temperature sensors and micro-heaters could keep tabs on infections and provide therapy.
Carbon nanotube yarns produce as much torque as an electric motor.
Using lime to scrub carbon dioxide from power plant smokestacks could cut emissions efficiently and cheaply.
Heat-assisted magnetic recording promises 60-terabyte hard disks.
Such materials could be used to cool computers and buildings, and harvest waste heat in cars.
Researchers at Stanford make an electrode that can be recharged 40,000 times without losing much capacity.