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A new paper diagnostic device can detect Ebola as well as other viral hemorrhagic fevers in about 10 minutes. The device (pictured here) has silver nanoparticles of different colors that indicate different diseases. On the left is the unused device, opened to reveal the contents inside. On the right, the device has been used for diagnosis; the colored bands show positive tests.
Simple paper strip can diagnose Ebola and other fevers within 10 minutes.
Feb 24, 2015
Emery Brown: “Now that we understand how it works, how can we devise new strategies for anesthesia?”
Emery Brown says anesthesia drugs have been used in the U.S. for more than 160 years, but were largely misunderstood — until now.
Feb 23, 2015
The idea that everything in the human environment, from kitchen appliances to industrial equipment, could be equipped with sensors and processors that can exchange data.
Circuit that reduces power leakage when transmitters are idle could greatly extend battery life.
Feb 22, 2015
Graduate student Chong Hou holds a bag of drawn fibers. The fibers are as thin as 100 micrometers in diameter, and the material coating further enhances the strength of the fibers.
New approach could enable low-cost silicon devices in fibers that could be made into fabrics.
Feb 20, 2015
These scanning electron microscopy images, taken at different magnifications, show the structure of new hydrogels made of nanoparticles interacting with long polymer chains.
Self-healing gel can be injected into the body and act as a long-term drug depot.
Feb 19, 2015
Manolis Kellis
Better understanding of epigenetic modifications could elucidate their role in human traits, diseases.
Feb 18, 2015
A robotic garden demonstrates distributed algorithms via more than 100 origami robots that can crawl, swim, and blossom like flowers.
CSAIL’s 100-plus blooming, crawling, swimming bots teach basic programming concepts.
Feb 18, 2015
Grant program is open to all MIT faculty with principal investigator status and provides significant benefits.
Grant proposals may be submitted by any MIT faculty member with principal investigator status.
Feb 18, 2015
(From left) Daniel Sanchez, Nathan Beckmann, and Po-An Tsai
New approach to distributing computations could make multicore chips much faster.
Feb 18, 2015
Disease depends both on the genes that we inherit from our parents and on our lifetime experiences.
Study of epigenomic modifications reveals immune basis of Alzheimer's disease.
Feb 18, 2015
Daniel Anderson
Daniel Anderson wants to bring advances in drug delivery and biomaterials to the clinic.
Feb 17, 2015
MIT senior Shruti Sharma is one of 40 U.S. recipients of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship this year.
Award allows MIT senior to pursue a PhD in materials and manufacturing engineering at the University of Cambridge.
Feb 13, 2015
TREX 2015 students and leaders
Civil and environmental engineering "TREX" course allows students to examine firsthand the effects of volcanic emissions on air and soil quality.
Feb 13, 2015
Kateeva's YIELDjet system (pictured here) is a massive version of an inkjet printer. Large glass or plastic substrate sheets are placed on a long, wide platform. A head with custom nozzles moves back and forth, across the substrate, coating it with OLED and other materials.
Inkjet-printing system could enable mass-production of large-screen and flexible OLED displays.
Feb 12, 2015
Jack Ruina, the late professor emeritus in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Emeritus professor of electrical engineering and computer science was a former MIT vice president for special labs and first director of MIT's Security Studies Program.
Feb 12, 2015
A new system for crowdsourced video annotation could increase the educational value of instructional videos.
System recruits learners to annotate videos, increasing their educational value.
Feb 11, 2015
Jareth Holt, a graduate student in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science
MIT graduate students brush up on the fundamentals of climate science and policy.
Feb 11, 2015
Engineered insulin could offer better diabetes control
Molecule stays in the bloodstream and is turned on when blood sugar levels are too high.
Feb 9, 2015
Professor Ioannis V. Yannas
MIT professor of polymer science and engineering recognized for inventing "artificial skin."
Feb 8, 2015
Nitrogen vacancy (NV) centers in diamond could potentially determine the structure of single protein molecules at room temperature. Here the NV center is 2 to 3 nanometers below the surface, and the protein molecule is placed above it.
New technique could use tiny diamond defects to reveal unprecedented detail of molecular structures.
Feb 6, 2015
This human T cell (blue) is under attack by HIV (yellow), the virus that causes AIDS. The virus specifically targets T cells, which play a critical role in the body's immune response against invaders like bacteria and viruses.
Study yields insight into generating antibodies that target different strains of HIV.
Feb 6, 2015
This scanning electron micrograph shows a sample of metal that fractured due to hydrogen embrittlement. The colored patches show data acquired by electron backscatter diffraction, revealing the grain structure surrounding selected cracks. Such images help show the correlation between microstructure and hydrogen embrittlement, and are used to identify the features that lead to hydrogen-assisted fracture. (Enlarge to view animation)
Analysis shows certain crystal boundaries can enhance, or reduce, hydrogen’s damaging effects.
Feb 5, 2015
MIT's newly elected members of the National Academy of Engineering are Hari Balakrishnan, Sangeeta Bhatia, Emery N. Brown, and Anantha Chandrakasan (in upper row), and Eric D. Evans, Karen K. Gleason, L. Rafael Reif, and Daniela Rus (in lower row).
Eight from MIT elected to National Academy of Engineering
Feb 5, 2015
MIT researchers engineered liver-like cells that can be infected with several strains of the parasite that causes malaria, including Plasmodium falciparum (top row) and Plasmodium berghei (bottom row). The red stain reveals parasite infection.
Liver cells derived from stem cells can be infected with malaria and used to test potential drugs.
Feb 5, 2015