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New theory could yield more-reliable communication protocols.
Dec 12, 2014
CSAIL researcher Lindsay Sanneman (left) shows students the "robot garden."
Robots, virtual visit from will.i.am aim to get kids excited about programming.
Dec 12, 2014
Comparison of manufacturers "definitively" planning vs. "considering" to move manufacturing activities back to the U.S.
Survey indicates 13.5 percent of manufacturers intend to move some manufacturing activities back to the U.S.
Dec 11, 2014
Spencer Wilson
From restoring a Volkswagen bus to designing collapsible bridges, Spencer Wilson finds fun in engineering.
Dec 10, 2014
new application for the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing system should allow scientists to more easily determine the function of individual genes
Technique allows rapid, large-scale studies of gene function.
Dec 10, 2014
Raichelle Aniceto (center) accepted a trophy recognizing her selection as one of Aviation Week's "Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders." Presenting the award at the Aerospace and Defense Programs Conference in November are Wes Kremer (left), vice president for air and missile defense systems at Raytheon Missile Systems, and Greg Hamilton, president of Aviation Week, right.
Awards recognize promising work of young aerospace engineers.
Dec 10, 2014
104 SuperUROP students presented their work at the SuperUROP Dec. 4 Research Review. In the foreground (left to right), Bowen Baker, Stephanie Wang, and Ariana Eisenstein talk about their projects.
In its third year, SuperUROP is having a positive impact.
Dec 10, 2014
Eight student teams presented the results of a semester of work in course 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes). Capturing this year’s theme of “Adventure,” the product prototypes included sporting accessories, medical devices, and helpful devices for musicians and parents.
Product-engineering class demonstrations range from athletic aids to medical devices.
Dec 9, 2014
Eight student teams presented the results of a semester of work in course 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes). Capturing this year’s theme of “Adventure,” the product prototypes included sporting accessories, medical devices, and helpful devices for musicians and parents.
Product-engineering class demonstrations range from athletic aids to medical devices.
Dec 9, 2014
Eight student teams presented the results of a semester of work in course 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes). Capturing this year’s theme of “Adventure,” the product prototypes included sporting accessories, medical devices, and helpful devices for musicians and parents.
Product-engineering class demonstrations range from athletic aids to medical devices.
Dec 9, 2014
 In the X Mini, an oval rotor orbits a rounded triangular housing, creating three combustion chambers. Asymmetrical location of intake and exhaust ports on the rotor allows for overexpansion (shown in purple), where the engine has more time to extract energy from the fuel. It also accommodates constant volume combustion, where compressed gas is held in the chamber for an extended period (shown in blue), mixing with air and igniting completely before expanding for greater efficiency.
Startup’s rotary engine, based on novel thermodynamics, is lighter, quieter, more efficient than counterparts.
Dec 5, 2014
Julie Shah (left) and Been Kim
New system enables pattern-recognition systems to convey what they learn to humans
Dec 5, 2014
2.009's final product presentations are a major fall-semester event at MIT.
"Adventure"-themed products developed by mechanical engineering students will be revealed at a public event in Kresge Auditorium on Dec. 8.
Dec 5, 2014
2.009's final product presentations are a major fall-semester event at MIT.
"Adventure"-themed products developed by mechanical engineering students will be revealed at a public event in Kresge Auditorium on Dec. 8.
Dec 5, 2014
High pure-white potash awaits packaging and sale for use in soluble fertilizer and in industrial markets. Potash can be used as a replacement for potassium fertilizers for bananas and other agricultural products.
Diversity of sources and sustainable production methods are needed to meet world potassium fertilizer demand.
Dec 5, 2014
Lockheed Martin Fellow Slade Gardner describes improvements in production, design, and cost in making parts for air and spacecraft during Materials Day Symposium on Oct. 21 at MIT.
Materials Day Symposium highlights breakthroughs in simulation methods, manufacturing techniques, and improved alloys.
Dec 4, 2014
Innovation in the service of society has been at the core of MIT’s mission since the Institute’s founding more than 150 years ago.
New Innovation Initiative aims to reshape the role of the university in the 21st-century economy.
Dec 3, 2014
Sarychev Peak, in Russia, as seen from the International Space Station
Study shows that the effects of smaller eruptions have been underestimated in climate models.
Dec 3, 2014
Top row: 3-D structural predictions generated using CanDo by Stavros Gaitanaros, a researcher in MIT's Laboratory for Computational Biology and Biophysics (LCBB), based on sequence designs provided by Fei Zhang of the Hao Yan Lab at Arizona State University. Bottom row: designs by Keyao Pan (LCBB)/Nature Communcations
Engineers computer-design the most complicated 3-D structures ever made from DNA.
Dec 3, 2014
Tomás Palacios
Tomás Palacios explores the application of novel materials in next-generation electronics to save energy and expand possibilities.
Dec 2, 2014
MIT graduate student Zack Cordero removes a vacuum-sealed glass ampoule from a box furnace operating at 1,100 degrees Celsius that is used to anneal metal powders.
MIT graduate student Zack Cordero deforms and compacts chromium-tungsten powders to create stronger metals with nanoscale microstructure.
Dec 2, 2014
Luis Sánchez and Martha Gray accept the prize from the Fundación Tecnología y Salud for M+Visión’s contributions to healthcare and economic development.
Madrid-MIT collaboration recognized for accelerating health technology innovation.
Dec 2, 2014
Researchers at MIT's Institute for Medical Engineering and Science are developing a prototype device that can rapidly diagnose Ebola hemorrhagic virus.
Simple device now in development could speed diagnosis and improve disease tracking.
Dec 2, 2014
Yuriy Román
Yuriy Román knew that to change the future of catalysis he’d have to cross the boundary between chemical engineering and materials science.
Dec 1, 2014
Nanocrystalline aluminum-alloy hollow spheres and hemisphere are made by electroplating metal onto an arbor, or mandrel, and then mechanically and chemically separating them.
Xtalic focuses on gold substitute, aluminum products following success with connector coatings.
Dec 1, 2014