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R. Scott Kemp, assistant professor of nuclear science and engineering
A roundtable discussion on Iranian negotiations delves into potential outcomes and implications.
Nov 21, 2014
This diagram shows the principle behind using voltage to change material properties. In this sandwich of materials, applying a voltage results in movement of ions — electrically charged atoms — from the middle, functional layer of material into the target layer. This modifies some of the properties — magnetic, thermal, or optical — of the target material, and the changes remain after the voltage is removed.
Technique could let a small electrical signal change materials’ electrical, thermal, and optical characteristics.
Nov 20, 2014
This diagram illustrates the concept behind the MIT team’s vision of a new kind of electronic device based on 2-D materials. The 2-D material is at the middle of a layered “sandwich," with layers of another material, boron nitride, at top and bottom (shown in gray). When an electric field is applied to the material, by way of the rectangular areas at top, it switches the quantum state of the middle layer (yellow areas). The boundaries of these “switched” regions act as perfect quantum wires, potentially lea
MIT team provides theoretical roadmap to making 2-D electronics with novel properties.
Nov 20, 2014
Andrea Ippolito PhD student, improves health care through engineering,entrepreneurship, and systems design
PhD student Andrea Ippolito improves health care through engineering, entrepreneurship, and systems design.
Nov 19, 2014
Manufacturers implement the Color IQ component (shown here as a thin, yellow bar) into their televisions during the normal construction process, but use blue LEDs (blue dots) in place of the standard white LED back lights.
MIT spinout’s quantum-dot technology makes LCD TVs more colorful, energy-efficient.
Nov 19, 2014
Professor David Simchi-Levi is one of the recipients of the 2014 INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice
Team awarded for utilizing Simchi-Levi’s Risk Exposure Index to identify risk and mitigate disruptions in the automotive supply chain.
Nov 19, 2014
Cybersecurity establishes major new academic centers
Largest-ever private commitment to cybersecurity establishes major new academic centers.
Nov 18, 2014
Prometheon Pharma team members Devon Grimmé (left), director of business development, and Stephen Hsu (right), CEO, with business plan competition judge Bob Xiaoping Xu (center), founder of the Chinese seed-fund firm ZhenFund
MIT-CHIEF emphasizes U.S.-China collaboration in tackling major issues through entrepreneurship.
Nov 18, 2014
Prof. Amar G. Bose
Five innovative, high-risk projects launch with support from Prof. Amar G. Bose Research Grants.
Nov 17, 2014
A screenshot of the researcher's quicksand experiment.
MIT granular model explains unusual behavior in sand.
Nov 17, 2014
Dennis Whyte, professor of nuclear science and engineering, has been named the next director of MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), effective Jan. 1, 2015
Nuclear fusion leader succeeds Miklos Porkolab, who returns to teaching and research after almost 20 years of distinguished service.
Nov 17, 2014
Sanjay Sarma is leading an educational revolution now underway in higher education
Sanjay Sarma is leading an educational revolution now underway in higher education.
Nov 17, 2014
Sangeeta Bhatia has been selected as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014 for her work in developing inexpensive and noninvasive diagnostics for the early detection of colon cancer.
Bhatia recognized for work developing low-cost, noninvasive diagnostics for colon cancer.
Nov 17, 2014
Specializes in analyzing how social networks process information
Model for evaluating product-recommendation algorithms suggests that trial and error get it right
Nov 14, 2014
genome of the bacterium E. coli into a long-term storage device for memory
Engineered E. coli can store long-term memories of chemical exposure, other events in their DNA.
Nov 13, 2014
A new approach to atomic timekeeping may enable more stable and accurate portable atomic clocks.
New approach may enable more stable and accurate portable atomic clocks.
Nov 12, 2014
Mildred Dresselhaus and Robert Solow
Dresselhaus and Solow win Presidential Medal of Freedom
Nov 11, 2014
Polymer fibers designed to mimic fibrous nerve geometry allow for simultaneous optical stimulation and neural recording in the spinal cord. This image illustrates the flexibility of the bifunctional neural probes and their ability to accommodate deformation due to the movement of vertebrae. Image: Chi (Alice) Lu and Polina Anikeeva
Grad student Chi Lu and colleagues demonstrate a highly flexible polymer probe for triggering spinal-cord neurons with light and simultaneously recording their activity.
Nov 7, 2014
By analyzing carbon dioxide in the breath, an algorithm could help determine how to treat patients.
By analyzing carbon dioxide in the breath, an algorithm could help determine how to treat patients.
Nov 6, 2014
This diagram shows how researchers compute average traffic flows through a wider system of highways.
Model provides a more accurate tool for city planning, emergency evacuations, tracking disease spread.
Nov 6, 2014
Clostridium difficile (shown here) is a bacteria in the intestines that has been successfully treated through microbiome manipulation.
Partnership with MGH, other institutions to foster regional ecosystem for rapidly evolving field.
Nov 6, 2014
 Silvija Gradečak’s nanoscale work creates big-scale results that could transform energy production, storage, and lighting. Photo illustration: Len Rubenstein
Silvija Gradečak’s nanoscale work creates big-scale results that could transform energy production, storage, and lighting.
Nov 6, 2014
Model of a turbine constructed with Keystone Tower System's spiral tapered welding process
Startup’s on-site fabrication process makes taller wind turbines more feasible.
Nov 6, 2014
6.UAT undergraduate TA Jenny Shen '15 describes a word she has drawn from a deck of cards that was the product of an effort involving a number of TAs, students, and 6.UAT creator and EECS senior lecturer Tony Eng (center). Anthony Adams '15, second from left, assists his teammate while Benoit Landry (far right), an EECS grad student, and Francis Chen '15 attempt to identify the mystery taboo card word.
Engineering a presentation in 6.UAT can be entertaining.
Nov 5, 2014
MIT study finds unprecedented production of metals needed to meet some solar energy goals.
MIT study finds unprecedented production of metals needed to meet some solar energy goals.
Nov 5, 2014