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An artist's rendering of a series of habitats. Solar panels (in the foreground), would supply the colony's electricity, while a system to extract water from the soil (in the background) would supply drinking water.
MIT team independently assesses the technical feasibility of the proposed Mars One mission.
Oct 14, 2014
Model of nanoparticle formation
Unexpected finding shows tiny particles keep their internal crystal structure while flexing like droplets.
Oct 12, 2014
Artist’s rendering of the Collier Memorial
Project team breaks ground to honor a hero.
Oct 10, 2014
Photo of Jillian Wisniewski
From Afghanistan to the home front, student Jillian Wisniewski makes systems for better intelligence.
Oct 8, 2014
Illustration of DNA double helix.
Analysis of 89 models of metabolic processes finds flaws in 44 of them — but suggests corrections.
Oct 7, 2014
The first-ever MIT Maker Faire was a huge success. See full slideshow below for images of exhibitors and attendees.
More than 100 exhibits celebrate STEAM and the fun of making.
Oct 7, 2014
Shapes of water droplets (dark areas) on a textured surface (smaller dots) are determined in a predictable way by the spacing and angles between rows of nanoscale pillars or columns on the surface, the researchers found. Top row (left to right): regular hexagon (green) and square (red). Bottom row (left to right): dodecagon (blue), octagon (orange), rectangle (teal), and hexagon (yellow).
New method allows microdroplets of any shape to form on a surface.
Oct 6, 2014
MIT and SMART researchers have developed a way to isolate mesenchymal stem cells based on physical traits such as stiffness.
New technique allows scientists to identify populations of rare stem cells in bone marrow.
Oct 6, 2014
Translational Postdoctoral Fellows Xiaoting Jia and Michael Georgas are learning how to translate their research in RLE into private enterprises. Jia is working on fiber-based neural interface devices; Georgas is exploring silicon light circuits.
RLE’s Translational Fellows Program starts up a new dimension of support for postdocs.
Oct 4, 2014
At left is a dense array of electrospray emitters (1,900 emitters in 1 centimeter square). At right is a close-up of a single emitter, covered by a forest of carbon nanotubes.
Arrays of tiny conical tips that eject ionized materials could fabricate nanoscale devices cheaply.
Oct 3, 2014
Desktop-scale experiment used to explore the various possible patterns obtained when a thin polymer rod (in green) is deployed onto a moving substrate (black conveyer belt). In this example, the rod forms a periodic array of loops in alternative directions.
A simulation technology from movies is used to predict coiling patterns in the lab.
Oct 3, 2014
To form the crumpled graphene, a sheet of polymer material is stretched in both dimensions, then graphene paper is bonded to it. When the polymer is released in one direction, the graphene forms pleats, as shown in the bottom left image, taken with a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Then, when released in the other direction, it forms a chaotic crumpled pattern (top left). At top right, an SEM image shows the material in a partially crumpled state. At bottom right, SEM image of a piece that has been crum
Two-dimensional carbon “paper” can form stretchable supercapacitors to power flexible electronic devices.
Oct 3, 2014
Illustration of circuit boards
Coding scheme for interactive communication is the first to near optimality on three classical measures.
Oct 2, 2014
Oval Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast cells magnified by 400 times.
Different environment helps yeast tolerate high levels of ethanol, making them more productive.
Oct 2, 2014
Multicolored wave with bright orange and yellow at the center
Cognitive coexistence radio and other technologies will help alleviate spectrum congestion for wireless devices.
Oct 2, 2014
Tamara Paul, right, a science teacher from Roxbury Community College, explains her poster on “Scaffolds for Promoting Peripheral Nerve Growth,” to CMSE director Michael Rubner. Paul participated in the Research Experience for Teachers program at MIT this summer.
Materials scientist Mike Rubner’s collaboration with chemical engineer Robert Cohen yields anti-fog coatings, synthetic "backpacks" for living cells.
Oct 1, 2014
Jaume Plensa's "Alchemist" sits across Massachusetts Avenue facing MIT's main entrance. Comprised of stainless steel symbols and mathematical equations, this modern-day alchemist has been interpreted by some to represent the need to internalize interdisciplinary knowledge so that it can be used to address today's complex challenges and transform our world.
MIT alumni from NASA, Intuitive Surgical, MIT Hacking Medicine, the U.S. Air Force, Global Project Design, and others will speak.
Oct 1, 2014
A schematic drawing of a microneedle pill with hollow needles. When the pill reaches the desired location in the digestive tract, the pH-sensitive coating surrounding the capsule dissolves, allowing the drug to be released through the microneedles.
Pill coated with tiny needles can deliver drugs directly into the lining of the digestive tract.
Oct 1, 2014
Photo of MechE alumna Grace Young '14
Grace Young recalls Edgerton-Cousteau friendship.
Oct 1, 2014
This schematic drawing shows a new system that can rapidly and automatically inject zebrafish with drugs and then image them to see the drug effects.
Engineers devise technology for rapidly testing drug-delivery vehicles in zebrafish.
Sep 30, 2014
An immunostaining process known as CLARITY enables better visualization of brain neurons.
Researchers will advance our understanding of the human mind and discover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure neurological disorders.
Sep 30, 2014