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  • Recent NEET graduates tackle air pollution with autonomous drones

    Recent NEET graduates tackle air pollution with autonomous drones

    Hovering one hundred meters above a densely populated urban residential area, the drone takes a quiet breath. Its goal is singular, to systematically measure air quality across the metropolitan landscape, providing regular updates to a central communication module where it docks after its patrol, awaiting a new set of instructions. The central module integrates each […]
  • 3D printing tiny parts for big impact

    3D printing tiny parts for big impact

    Whether it’s computer chips, smartphone components, or camera parts, the hardware in many products is constantly getting smaller. The trend is pushing companies to come up with new ways to make the parts that power our world.
  • Crowdsourcing data on road quality and excess fuel consumption

    Crowdsourcing data on road quality and excess fuel consumption

    America has over 4 million miles of roads and, as one might expect, monitoring them can be a monumental task.   To collect high-quality data on the conditions of their roads, departments of transportation (DOTs) can expect to spend $200 per mile for state-of-the-art laser profilers. For cities and states, these costs are prohibitive and […]
  • Navigating beneath the Arctic ice

    Navigating beneath the Arctic ice

    There is a lot of activity beneath the vast, lonely expanses of ice and snow in the Arctic. Climate change has dramatically altered the layer of ice that covers much of the Arctic Ocean. Areas of water that used to be covered by a solid ice pack are now covered by thin layers only 3 […]
  • Talking outside the tower

    Talking outside the tower

    Walking into MIT can feel like entering a foreign country — one with a number for every building and an unwieldy acronym for every organization. Deeper conversations are even more opaque, as fields and sub-fields command their own complex scientific argot. But if the Covid-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that bridging the gap […]

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