• May. 14, 2019
    Unlike water, liquid refrigerants and other fluids that have a low surface tension tend to spread quickly into a sheet when they come into contact with a surface. But for many industrial processes it...
  • May. 1, 2019
    In an event attended by more than 100 members of the MIT community — friends, family, faculty, staff, students, and sponsors — the MIT Motorsports team unveiled their 2019 electric race car in Lobby...
  • May. 1, 2019
    In the mid-fifteenth century, a new technology that would change the course of history was invented. Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press, with its movable type, promoted the dissemination of...
  • Apr. 28, 2019
    Polymers are usually the go-to material for thermal insulation. Think of a silicone oven mitt, or a Styrofoam coffee cup, both manufactured from polymer materials that are excellent at trapping heat...
  • Apr. 21, 2019
    Engineers must manage a maelstrom in the core of operating nuclear reactors. Nuclear reactions deposit an extraordinary amount of heat in the fuel rods, setting off a frenzy of boiling, bubbling, and...
  • Apr. 21, 2019
    An MIT research team that has already conquered the problem of getting ketchup out of its bottle has now tackled a new category of consumer and manufacturing woe: how to get much thicker materials to...
  • Apr. 1, 2019
    The color of a material can often tell you something about how it handles heat. Think of wearing a black shirt on a sweltering summer’s day — the darker the pigment, the warmer you’re likely to feel...
  • Mar. 26, 2019
    MIT is the recipient of a $30 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced this week at a two-day ceremony in Cairo. The award will support MIT over the next...
  • Mar. 13, 2019
    The next time you set a kettle to boil, consider this scenario: After turning the burner off, instead of staying hot and slowly warming the surrounding kitchen and stove, the kettle quickly cools to...
  • Mar. 11, 2019
    MIT’s graduate program in engineering has again earned a No. 1 spot in U.S. News and Word Report’s annual rankings, a place it has held since 1990, when the magazine first ranked such programs. The...
  • Feb. 25, 2019
    MIT has been honored with 11 No. 1 subject rankings in the QS World University Rankings for 2019. The Institute received a No. 1 ranking in the following QS subject areas: Chemistry; Computer Science...
  • Feb. 12, 2019
    The rapidly growing desalination industry produces water for drinking and for agriculture in the world’s arid coastal regions. But it leaves behind as a waste product a lot of highly concentrated...
  • Feb. 10, 2019
    Six MIT researchers are among the 86 new members and 18 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest...
  • Feb. 6, 2019
    Perovskites — a broad category of compounds that share a certain crystal structure — have attracted a great deal of attention as potential new solar-cell materials because of their low cost,...
  • Feb. 4, 2019
    The fall semester’s final meeting on Dec. 12 had something of a high-stakes feel ror members of class 22.033 (Nuclear Science and Engineering Design), “We’re pretty nervous,” said Jared Wilson, a...
  • Jan. 10, 2019
    MIT graduate student Caroline Sorensen is using her talent for mechanical engineering to help advance a novel project within the domain of applied science: the commercialization of fusion energy...
  • Jan. 10, 2019
    Living in extreme conditions requires creative adaptations. For certain species of bacteria that exist in oxygen-deprived environments, this means finding a way to breathe that doesn’t involve oxygen...
  • Jan. 8, 2019
    The School of Engineering is welcoming 11 new faculty members to its departments, institutes, labs, and centers. With research and teaching activities ranging from the development of novel microscopy...
  • Dec. 10, 2018
    MIT engineers have built a device that soaks up enough heat from the sun to boil water and produce “superheated” steam hotter than 100 degrees Celsius, without any expensive optics. On a sunny day,...
  • Dec. 9, 2018
    The North Sea is one of the world’s richest offshore wind power resources. With thirteen countries sharing its coastline, tapping into this potential requires a mix of diplomacy and engineering....

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