The sugar polymers that make up the spheres in this image are designed to package and protect specially engineered cells that work to produce drugs and fight disease. While on-site, they must remain undetected by the body’s natural defense system. However, the reddish markers on the spheres’ surfaces indicate that immune cells (blue/green) have discovered these invaders and begun to block them off from the rest of the body. Further experiments with the spheres’ geometry and chemistry will lead to better inv
Optimal size and shape allow implantable devices to last longer in the body.
May 27, 2015
The first layers (1 and 2) of a neural network trained to classify scenes seem to be tuned to geometric patterns of increasing complexity, but the higher layers (3 and 4) appear to be picking out particular classes of objects.
System designed to label visual scenes according to type turns out to detect particular objects, too.
May 27, 2015
Top row: (l-r) Geoffrey Beach, Kripa Varanasi, Michael Watts, Anne White. Middle row: (l-r) Hamsa Balakrishnan, Constantinos Daskalakis, Jacquin Niles, Rohit Karnik. Bottom row: (l-r) Wojciech Matusik, Colette Heald, Benoit Forget, Alfredo Alexander-Katz, Maria Yang.
Thirteen tenure appointments are made in seven of eight academic departments in the School of Engineering.
May 27, 2015
MIT researchers tested the viability of their algorithm by using it to guide a crew of three robots in the assembly of a chair.
New algorithm lets autonomous robots divvy up assembly tasks on the fly.
May 27, 2015
A suspended microchannel resonator (SMR) measures particles’ masses as they flow through a narrow channel. The original mass sensor consists of a fluid-filled microchannel etched in a tiny silicon cantilever that vibrates inside a vacuum cavity. As cells or particles flow through the channel, one at a time, their mass slightly alters the cantilever’s vibration frequency. This illustration depicts a snapshot of a cantilever vibrating at its first four resonant modes.
Device can measure the distribution of tiny particles as they flow through a microfluidic channel.
May 27, 2015
Engineers at MIT and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) have devised a new way to detect cancer that has spread to the liver, by enlisting help from probiotics — beneficial bacteria similar to those found in yogurt.
Engineered probiotics can detect tumors in the liver.
May 27, 2015
 Richard Lester
In new role, longtime NSE professor will assume responsibility for MIT’s major international efforts.
May 27, 2015
Marta González (left) and Colette Heald
MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) has announced the promotions of two faculty members in the department.
May 27, 2015
MIT's Collier Memorial
Architects and engineers detail their novel design for MIT’s Collier Memorial.
May 26, 2015
MIT-Spain co-director Mercedes Balcells-Camps addresses La Caixa fellows and heads of state, including Spain's King Philip IV and Queen Letizia.
MIT-Spain co-director describes how a La Caixa Fellowship impacted her research at MIT and led to the creation of the MIT-Spain Program.
May 26, 2015
2015 MIT Goldwater Scholars: (l-r) Julia Page, Felipe Hernandez, Kaustav Gopinathan, Margaret Guo
Four MIT students honored for their academic achievements.
May 26, 2015
2015 MIT Goldwater Scholars: (l-r) Julia Page, Felipe Hernandez, Kaustav Gopinathan, Margaret Guo
Four MIT students honored for their academic achievements.
May 26, 2015
President L. Rafael Reif
"To tackle our biggest societal challenges, we need an innovation pipeline that delivers every drop," Reif writes.
May 24, 2015
As cells pass through the CellSqueeze device at high speed, narrowing microfluidic channels apply a squeeze that opens small, temporary holes in the cells' membranes. As a result, large molecules — antigens, in the case of this study — can enter before the membrane reseals.
Microfluidic cell-squeezing device opens new possibilities for cell-based vaccines.
May 22, 2015
Diviya Sinha
Fellowships are awarded to deserving female scientists and engineers from developing and emerging countries who are pursuing advanced degrees at leading universities worldwide
May 22, 2015
 Members of the SuperUROP class of 2015 posed on May 7 for a year-end picture.
Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart thanks SuperUROP students for their research and innovation contributions; praises program's quintessential "MIT-ness."
May 22, 2015
NASA astronaut Yvonne Cagle
In visit to MIT, NASA astronaut Yvonne Cagle urges women and girls to dream big.
May 21, 2015
Edward Boyden
Edward Boyden develops techniques to study the brain, and how it operates, in finer detail.
May 21, 2015
MIT chemical engineers have designed an implantable device that can deliver many drugs at once, allowing researchers to determine which drugs are the most effective against a patient's tumor.
Implantable device could allow doctors to test cancer drugs in patients before prescribing chemotherapy.
May 21, 2015
algorithm that can recover intelligible speech from the analysis of the minute vibrations of objects in video captured through soundproof glass.
“Visual microphone” technology could lead to noninvasive identification of objects’ structural defects.
May 21, 2015
An illustration of T Lymphocytes on a Cancer Cell.
Stimulating both major branches of the immune system halts tumor growth more effectively.
May 21, 2015
Copper substrate is shown in the process of being coated with graphene. At left, the process begins by treating the copper surface, and, at right, the graphene layer is beginning to form. Upper images are taken using visible light microscopy, and lower images using a scanning electron microscope.
New manufacturing process could take exotic material out of the lab and into commercial products.
May 21, 2015
 MISTI Global Seed Funds (GSF)
Funds support MIT's global engagement by promoting collaborations between MIT faculty and their counterparts abroad.
May 21, 2015
Explosive ordnance technicians work with 3-D printed models to learn how different unexploded shells and land mines work.
Professor J. Kim Vandiver uses 3-D printing to help in explosives disposal in Cambodia.
May 21, 2015
The TREX group, 10 CEE undergraduates and two instructors, presented their findings to a group of K-8 curriculum and educational researchers at the Boston Museum of Science.
Civil and environmental engineering TREX students present their findings on Hawaii’s Mt. Kilauea to Boston Museum of Science educators.
May 21, 2015