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A representation of one-way exciton currents (shown as light-colored trails) in the designed two-dimensional porphyrin lattice.
Theorists find a new way to improve efficiency of solar cells by overcoming exciton “traps.”
Sep 21, 2014
This image shows adhesion between the silica tip of an atomic force microscope and adhesive fibers made by fusing mussel foot proteins and curli amyloid fibers.
New adhesives based on mussel proteins could be useful for naval or medical applications.
Sep 21, 2014
A scanning electron micrograph depicts numerous clumps of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, commonly referred to by the acronym MRSA.
Two new technologies could enable novel strategies for combating drug-resistant bacteria.
Sep 21, 2014
Cheaper, longer-lasting materials could enable batteries that make wind and solar energy more competitive.
Sep 21, 2014
Armed with the GelSight sensor, a robot can grasp a freely hanging USB cable and plug it into a USB port.
Equipped with a novel optical sensor, a robot grasps a USB plug and inserts it into a USB port.
Sep 19, 2014
In response to success of initial offering, individuals may sign up now for fall and spring sessions of "Tackling the Challenges of Big Data"
Sep 19, 2014
The MIT BioSuit, a skintight spacesuit that offers improved mobility and reduced mass compared to modern gas-pressurized spacesuits.
Spacesuits of the future may resemble a streamlined second skin.
Sep 18, 2014
The MIT researchers deposited triangular layers of molybdenum disulfide on a silicon substrate. At left, regions highlighted in blue indicate where the layers overlap.
A promising light source for optoelectronic chips can be tuned to different frequencies.
Sep 17, 2014
Alumni's software uses hacking tricks to catch vulnerabilities on websites before they're exploited.
Sep 17, 2014
MIT graduate student Michael G. Christiansen with a magnetometry coil used to confirm heat output from magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles.
Customized arrays of iron oxide nanoparticles are possible based on their differing responses to alternating magnetic fields, MIT researchers report.
Sep 17, 2014
Images show textures (top) and fluorescent light (bottom) produced by the new synthetic elastomer material that can mimic some of the camouflage abilities of octopuses and other cephalopods.
Researchers create materials that reproduce cephalopods’ ability to quickly change colors and textures.
Sep 16, 2014
MIT Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory members pose with the MIT cheetah robot in Killian Court.
New algorithm enables MIT cheetah robot to run and jump, untethered, across grass.
Sep 15, 2014
Long exposure photo of city street with streaks of car lights.
System that would wirelessly route drivers around congested roadways wins best-paper award.
Sep 15, 2014
The CSAIL team's rubber robotic arm moves using pressurized air that causes it to change shape like a balloon.
Made completely of rubber, CSAIL team's robotic arm can slither through “pipes.”
Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Saurabh Amin.
Saurabh Amin builds resiliency in essential infrastructure networks for transportation, energy, and water distribution.
Sep 15, 2014
Jamie Heywood at the Drug Information Association's 50th anniversary meeting in June, where PatientsLikeMe received the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in World Health.
Professor John Heywood SM ’62, PhD ’65 and his two sons, Jamie ‘91 and Ben ’93, have used MIT thinking — in particular, systems dynamics and manufacturing management — to transform research models after losing a family member to ALS.
Sep 12, 2014
Matthew S. Kressy, director and senior lecturer, Integrated Design & Management track
Matthew S. Kressy named to lead, develop, and teach new track.
Sep 12, 2014
Airware's autopilot device (red box) can be installed in commercial drones to collect data from various components, such as sensors, cameras, actuators, and communication devices. Software lets manufacturers pick and choose which components to add, and lets users plan and monitor missions in real time.
Airware’s operating system makes drones simple to build and modify for multiple applications.
Sep 11, 2014
Photo of CSAIL researcher Nick Roy.
Autonomy expert led MIT-heavy team in developing “self-flying planes”
Sep 11, 2014
Artist rendering of the International Space Station (ISS)
Algorithm tested aboard the International Space Station analyzes the rotation of objects in space.
Sep 10, 2014
MIT students learn new technologies while making meaningful contributions to people with disabilities.
Sep 10, 2014
Alyssa Johnson measures the effect of a potential applied to an electrode to understand how to catalyze the oxygen reaction in various oxide films. Johnson worked with carbon electrodes, processing measuring resistance with rotating disc electroanalysis.
Fourteen undergraduate interns gain experience in MIT labs.
Sep 10, 2014