Rescuers work at the site of a landslide that hit an industrial park in Shenzhen, China on 12 December 2015. Some 85 people were missing after the landslide buried more than 30 factory and residential buildings in a sea of mud.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory's system can speed up the rescue and recovery process
Feb 2, 2016
 This diagram shows how an electrical voltage can be used to modify the oxygen concentration, and therefore the phase and structure, of strontium cobaltites. Pumping oxygen in and out transforms the material from the brownmillerite form (left) to the perovskite form (right).
Small voltage can flip thin film between two crystal states — one metallic, one semiconducting.
Jan 24, 2016
Left to right: Susan Hockfield, Payal Kadakia, Dina Katabi, Helen Greiner, Jesse Draper, Anantha Chandrakasan
Panel highlighting female innovators from a range of fields aims to encourage student entrepreneurs.
Jan 22, 2016
MIT on Climate Science + Action
MIT will host a daylong symposium to address the nexus of science and action on climate change.
Jan 22, 2016
 Three colors of PDMS — a widely used rubbery, transparent polymer — are inflated like a balloon as light from a light box shines from below. The top row shows the PDMS material before being inflated. The bottom row shows the PDMS inflated, revealing the MIT logo placed underneath.
Scientists tune polymer material’s transparency
Material may offer cheaper alternative to smart windows.
Jan 22, 2016
 “We can, through engineering, convert this organism’s parasitic lifestyle into a more symbiotic relationship,” Jacquin Niles says about the malaria parasite.
Bose Grant awardee Jacquin Niles aims to repurpose the malaria parasite for drug delivery.
Jan 22, 2016
 On the top row are two images of a nanomesh bilayer of PDMS cylinders in which the top layer is perpendicular to the complex orientation of the bottom layer. The bottom images show well-ordered nanomesh patterns of PDMS cylinders. The images on the right show zoomed-in views of the images on the left.
Polymer nanowires that assemble in perpendicular layers could offer route to tinier chip components.
Jan 22, 2016
 A view inside the Alcator C-Mod tokamak.
Solving a longstanding mystery, MIT experiments reveal two forms of turbulence interacting.
Jan 21, 2016
 Figure 1: This map shows the results of using the Reference Electrification Model (REM) — a computer program designed at MIT with collaboration from IIT-Comillas University — to determine a minimum-cost electrification solution for each of the approximately 400,000 buildings estimated to be non-electrified in the Vaishali district in Bihar, India. The program assigns each building to either a stand-alone system, a microgrid, or a grid extension (indicated by the low-voltage lines).
At MIT’s Tata Center for Technology and Design, researchers are exploring ways to extend electricity access to rural communities in India using microgrids.
Jan 21, 2016
 For both his master’s and his doctoral theses, Michael Watts (pictured) developed a photonic circuit that could align the polarizations of light traveling through an optical chip.
Local boy makes good
Michael Watts took two decades to make the 20-mile trip from suburban Hingham to tenure at MIT.
Jan 19, 2016
In a forest simulation, algorithms segment space into “obstacle-free regions” and then link them together to find a single collision-free route.
Motion-planning algorithms allow drones to do donuts, figure-eights in object-filled environments.
Jan 19, 2016
Left to right: Forrest Meyen SM ’13, Michael Klinker, Nikhil Vadhavkar, and Edward Obropta ’13, SM ’15.
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics launches a new generation of innovators.
Jan 19, 2016
MIT Professor Wesley Harris delivered the keynote speech at a Princeton University event celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
MIT professor’s speech at Princeton University described Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact on the nation and on Harris personally.
Jan 19, 2016
A proof-of-concept device built by MIT researchers demonstrates the principle of a two-stage process to make incandescent bulbs more efficient. This device already achieves efficiency comparable to some compact fluorescent and LED bulbs.
Researchers combine the warm look of traditional light bulbs with 21st-century energy efficiency.
Jan 19, 2016
Engineers at MIT have developed a queuing model that may help air traffic controllers direct departures more efficiently, minimizing runway congestion.
Model that predicts time from gate departure to takeoff could cut airport congestion, fuel waste.
Jan 14, 2016
 “I think the flexibility of having the opportunity to discover what you're interested in, to pursue these things, and to create a space for yourself where you can feel comfortable was what drove me to MIT,” Larissa Senatus says.
Mechanical engineering major hopes to bring hands-on learning opportunities home to Haiti.
Jan 13, 2016
The atomic-force microscopy (AFM) image on the left demonstrates the physical binding between fibrinogen proteins and single walled carbon nanotubes. The right shows a trace of the AFM image with the fibrinogen in green and nanotubes in light blue.
New nanosensors recognize fibrinogen; may detect insulin, other biomarkers as well.
Jan 13, 2016
 “It started informally as my way of giving back to the MIT community,” says junior Benjamin Chan. His daily chalkboard project welcomes students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the Ray and Maria Stata Center.
A daily art project conceived by MIT student Benjamin Chan welcomes students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the Stata Center.
Jan 13, 2016
Donald Sadoway (right) of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, David Bradwell MEng ’06, PhD ’11, and their collaborators have developed a novel molten-metal battery that is low-cost, high-capacity, efficient, long-lasting, and easy to manufacture — characteristics that make it ideal for storing electricity on power grids today and in the future.
New battery may offer low-cost, long-lasting storage for the grid.
Jan 12, 2016
A donkey grazes in a pasture near solar panels at Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream in Sunapee, New Hampshire.
MOSAIC award spurs MIT research into concentrator solar cells that can run in shade and full sun with power control and wavelength separation.
Jan 11, 2016
Annabeth Gellman, Alexander Springer, and Kelsey Jamieson.
New award pays for one-year master's at Tsinghua University in China.
Jan 11, 2016
Markus Buehler (left), the McAfee Professor of Engineering and head of the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Pedro Reis, the Gilbert W. Winslow Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
MIT’s Buehler and Reis elected to Society of Engineering Science Board of Directors
Jan 10, 2016
MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series
Jan 9, 2016
MIT graduate students Pronoy Biswas (left) and Mark Chodas prepare the REgolith X-Ray Imaging Spectrometer (REXIS) instrument for flight.
Created by MIT students, REXIS has been integrated onto NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft.
Jan 8, 2016
 The layer-by-layer solar thermal fuel polymer film comprises three distinct layers (4 to 5 microns in thickness for each). Cross-linking after each layer enables building up films of tunable thickness.
Material could harvest sunlight by day, release heat on demand hours or days later.
Jan 7, 2016