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Nanotech's Big Payoff? Never Having to Charge Your Cell Phone Again, Says Technology Review.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 15, 2004

MIT's Magazine of Innovation Looks at the Latest Developments in

Solar Cells, a Nanotech Breakthrough That Could Help Avert the

World's Impending Energy Crisis

In a lab in Lowell, Mass., researchers at Konarka Technologies are using the latest breakthroughs in nanotechnology to produce bright orange strips of plastic - printable solar cells -- that could solve one of the world's most troubling problems: how to create a ready and renewable supply of energy.

Konarka's technology is just one example of a new type of printable solar cell that promises to go almost anywhere, paving the way for affordable and ubiquitous solar power. Not only are the cells inexpensive to produce, they're so lightweight and flexible that they can be built into the surfaces of cell phones, laptops, and cars. Eventually, such solar cells could even cover buildings, providing enough power for a solar-powered electricity grid, which some scientists say is not just possible, but also inevitable and indispensable. Has affordable solar power finally arrived?

More details can be found in "Solar-Cell Rollout", the cover story of the July/August 2004 issue of Technology Review, MIT's award-winning Magazine of Innovation. The issue, now available at, will be on newsstands June 22, 2004.

Other features in the July/August 2004 issue include:

-- "A Remote Control For Your Life" - Imagine a cell phone that pays your subway fare, eases your way through airport security, and remotely manages your home. This summer, NTT DoCoMo plans to preview a device that does it all, bringing "ubiquitous computing" to life far ahead of schedule. Technology Review takes a look at what promises to be much more than just a major advance in cell-phone technology.

-- "Spotting Cancer Sooner" - The individual fates of the 1.3 million Americans diagnosed with cancer this year will be largely decided by one simply factor: at what stage was the disease spotted? Most cancers caught early are curable by simple surgical techniques, leading to the obvious question: How can get detect cancer earlier? A new method of mining blood for patterns of proteins could be the answer.

-- "The World's Tallest Building (For Now) - For over a century, cities, countries and developers have vied to construct the tallest skyscraper. Taipei 101, opening for occupancy in Taiwan this fall, is the newest skyline king, but for how long? Advances in architecture and engineering modeling software are driving competing projects in New York City, Dubai, and Shanghai. How high will they go, and are these buildings safe?

-- "Computing Gets Physical" - Remote controls, keyboards and computer mice: move aside. A new interface is on the verge of commercialization, and it could change everything from how we play games to showing the TV weather. "Gesture recognition interfaces" aim to become this millennium's remote control - giving us all free, fluid interaction with all the digital stuff around us.

In Innovation News and Prototype:

-- Power Elbow

-- Wireless Power Booster

-- Zapping Ulcers

-- Near-Term Nanotech

-- Wi-Fi Goes to Town

-- Fuel Cells Hit Home

-- Nano's Big IPO

-- Net Speed Record

-- Biotech Growth Spurt

-- Smoker's Vaccine

NOTE to editors and producers: Technology Review editors are available to discuss topics featured in the July/August 2004 issue.

About Technology Review, Inc.

Technology Review, Inc., an MIT Enterprise, delivers essential information about emerging technologies and their impact on leaders. Since 1998, paid U.S. circulation for the company's magazine, Technology Review, has more than tripled, climbing from 92,000 to 315,000. With foreign editions recently launched in China, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands, the exposure of Technology Review magazine, combined with the company's signature events, newsletters, and online businesses, reaches over two million business leaders throughout the world each month.
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