Yashraj Narang SM '13 (right) conducted a comprehensive survey of above-knee amputees in India to understand their unique user-needs and the performance of their current prostheses.
Researchers design cheap prosthetic knee that mimics normal walking motion.
Jul 31, 2015
Jisto took root while co-founder and CEO Sasha Biberman was a postdoc at MIT in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
MIT spinout Jisto helps companies optimize utilization with real-time deployment, monitoring, and analytics.
Jul 31, 2015
George Adelman
George Adelman, noted neuroscience editor, died June 26 due to complications of an injury after a fall. He was 89 years old.
Jul 31, 2015
 Materials that have good wetting properties, as illustrated on the left, where droplets spread out flat, tend to have hydroxyl groups attached to the surface, which inhibits catalytic activity. Materials that repel water, as shown at right, where droplets form sharp, steep boundaries, are more conducive to catalytic activity, as shown by the reactions among small orange molecules.
New research shows non-wetting surfaces promote chemical reaction rates.
Jul 30, 2015
 Materials that have good wetting properties, as illustrated on the left, where droplets spread out flat, tend to have hydroxyl groups attached to the surface, which inhibits catalytic activity. Materials that repel water, as shown at right, where droplets form sharp, steep boundaries, are more conducive to catalytic activity, as shown by the reactions among small orange molecules.
New research shows non-wetting surfaces promote chemical reaction rates.
Jul 30, 2015
Neil Cuffin
Longtime principal investigator at MIT was a pioneer in the field of biomagnetism.
Jul 30, 2015
 Shown here is a prototype laptop power adapter made by Cambridge Electronics using GaN transistors. At 1.5 cubic inches in volume, this is the smallest laptop power adapter ever made.
Gallium nitride electronics could drastically cut energy usage in data centers, consumer devices.
Jul 29, 2015
Researchers at MIT and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) have now demonstrated a vulnerability in Tor’s design.
Researchers mount successful attacks against popular anonymity network — and show how to prevent them.
Jul 28, 2015
Shiyi Zhang, a postdoc at the Koch Institute and the paper’s lead author, holds a ring-shaped device prototype (left), which can be folded into a swallowable capsule (right) for easy and safe oral delivery.
A pH-responsive polymer gel could create swallowable devices, including capsules for ultra-long drug delivery.
Jul 27, 2015
Colette Heald
Professor in civil and environmental engineering and earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences will be honored at an awards ceremony in December.
Jul 27, 2015
 Associate Professor Michael R. Watts (left) and Professor Lionel C. Kimerling (right).
Partnership of government, industry, and academia will pursue integration of optical devices with electronics.
Jul 27, 2015
 Clockwise from top left: Francis Gavin (photo: Dominick Reuter); Scott Kemp (photo: Justin Knight); Vipin Narang (photo: Stuart Darsch); Jim Walsh; and John Tirman.
Faculty and specialists weigh in on potential pact and global implications.
Jul 24, 2015
MIT Space Systems Laboratory graduate student Duncan Miller carries out tests of SPHERES satellites with the Universal Docking Port on a flight aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft in 2014.
System for locking satellites together, initially developed for master’s thesis, to get first space test.
Jul 23, 2015
 The proposed SLAM-aware object recognition system is able to localize and recognize several objects in the scene, aggregating detection evidence across multiple views. The annotations are actual predictions proposed by the system.
Robots’ maps of their environments can make existing object-recognition algorithms more accurate.
Jul 23, 2015
 The MIT Rocket Team came in first place in the basic (10,000 feet) category of the International Rocket Engineering Competition in Green River, Utah.
Rocket designed and built by AeroAstro students outperforms entries from 36 other teams.
Jul 22, 2015
 Nanoparticles that lose their stability upon irradiation with light have been designed to extract endocrine disruptors, pesticides, and other contaminants from water and soils. The system exploits the large surface-to-volume ratio of nanoparticles, while the photoinduced precipitation ensures nanomaterials are not released in the environment.
Nanomaterials and UV light can “trap” chemicals for easy removal from soil and water.
Jul 21, 2015
 Micro-resolution printing: MIT postdoc Qing Hu demonstrates a 2-D pattern printer with a 30-micron tip while MIT Summer Scholars Mariely Caraballo Santa and Jahzeel Rosado Vega watch in the lab of Professor Nicholas Fang.
Summer interns are learning research skills while helping to make progress in materials, drug delivery, and energy in MIT labs.
Jul 21, 2015
Professor Richard de Neufville
Richard de Neufville teaches and practices flexible engineering design for infrastructure projects that meet the challenges of the future.
Jul 20, 2015
MIT engineers William Green (left) of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Ashwin Raghavan (center) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MechE), and Ahmed Ghoniem, also of MechE, are developing new computer models that will help energy companies implement improved processes for converting low-quality crude oil into clean-burning, high-quality fuels, including those that will be needed by the transportation sector in the coming decades.
New insights into a promising approach to fuel production that would reduce costs, energy use, and carbon dioxide emissions.
Jul 17, 2015
Elsa Olivetti, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at MIT, applied life cycle analysis to laptop computer manufacturing and found that one particular step, making the display, can be a key driver of pollution. Manufacturers who collect and burn compound fluoride gases of sulfur or nitrogen can significantly reduce their greenhouse gas footprint.
Assistant Professor Elsa Olivetti combines cost and environmental data to identify high-impact areas for reducing pollution and greenhouse gases.
Jul 16, 2015
Gradiant's 12,000-barrel-per-day, carrier gas extraction plant (shown here), uses a humidification and dehumidification (HDH) technique that heats produced water into vapor, and condenses it back into water, without contaminants. This yields freshwater and saturated brine, commonly used in drilling and completion processes. Gradiant's 12,000-barrel-per-day, carrier gas extraction plant (shown here), uses a humidification and dehumidification (HDH) technique that heats produced water into vapor, and condense
MIT spinout makes treating, recycling highly contaminated oilfield water more economical
Jul 15, 2015
Spring 2014 MIT-Empowering the Teachers Fellows prepare for their final presentations with MIT Professor Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande (closest to monitor). Spring 2014 MIT-Empowering the Teachers Fellows prepare for their final presentations with MIT Professor Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande (closest to monitor).
MIT and Total partner to improve technical instruction in African universities.
Jul 14, 2015
A scanning transmission electron micrograph (STEM) of the polymer material shows its division into crystalline regions (light areas of orderly dots) and the amorphous, disordered matrix, which is seen as the dark background. The original 2-D STEM views were rendered into 3-D form to create this visualization.
Materials seen as promising for optoelectronics and thermoelectric devices finally yield their secrets.
Jul 14, 2015
Hamlin Jennings, adjunct professor in civil and environmental engineering and principal investigator in the Concrete Sustainability Hub, died on July 8 after a battle with cancer.
A leader in the field of cement chemistry, Jennings developed the first fully quantitative model of the nanostructure of CSH, the major component of hydrated cement.
Jul 14, 2015
Professor Emeritus Régis Pelloux
Régis M. N. Pelloux, professor emeritus of materials science and engineering, died July 10 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was 83 years old.
Jul 14, 2015