• Jul. 10, 2018
    About 40 percent of all the energy consumed by buildings worldwide is used for space heating and cooling. With the warming climate as well as growing populations and rising standards of living —...
  • Jul. 3, 2018
    MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot can now leap and gallop across rough terrain, climb a staircase littered with debris, and quickly recover its balance when suddenly yanked or shoved, all while essentially blind...
  • Jun. 27, 2018
    Watching the USS Constitution sail around Boston Harbor is always a breathtaking sight. In June, spectators along the harbor got a particularly impressive display. The Constitution was joined on its...
  • Jun. 21, 2018
    Evelyn Wang, the Gail E. Kendall (1978) Professor and director of MIT’s Device Research Laboratory, has been named head of the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, effective July 1....
  • Jun. 18, 2018
    MIT and the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China, have announced the launch of the Centers for Mechanical Engineering Research and Education at MIT and SUSTech....
  • Jun. 14, 2018
    Have you ever plugged in a vacuum cleaner, only to have it turn off without warning before the job is done? Or perhaps your desk lamp works fine, until you turn on the air conditioner that’s plugged...
  • Jun. 12, 2018
    With the push of a button, months of hard work were about to be put to the test. Sixteen teams of engineers convened in a cavernous exhibit hall in Nagoya, Japan, for the 2017 Amazon Robotics...
  • Jun. 11, 2018
    During high school, Prosper Nyovanie had to alter his daily and nightly schedules to accommodate the frequent power outages that swept cities across Zimbabwe. “[Power] would go almost every day — it...
  • Jun. 10, 2018
    Ryan Eustice’s interest in self-driving cars began 12,500 feet below the surface of the Atlantic. As a PhD student in the joint MIT-Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Program, Eustice focused on...
  • Jun. 7, 2018
    A new system devised by MIT engineers could provide a low-cost source of drinking water for parched cities around the world while also cutting power plant operating costs. About 39 percent of all the...
  • Jun. 5, 2018
    2017 was one of the most destructive hurricane seasons on record. Hurricane Harvey left the streets of Houston flooded. Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, leaving millions without power for months...
  • May. 31, 2018
    In spring 2018, the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) awarded nine grants totaling $1,350,000 through its Seed Fund Program, an annual competition that supports early-stage innovative research across the...
  • May. 31, 2018
    “Who is Bram Stoker?” Those three words demonstrated the amazing potential of artificial intelligence. It was the answer to a final question in a particularly memorable 2011 episode of Jeopardy!. The...
  • May. 30, 2018
    MIT graduate students Tyler Clites, Maher Damak, and Guy Satat are among 14 collegiate inventors awarded the 2018 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, which recognizes young inventors who have designed and...
  • May. 28, 2018
    Compression therapy is a standard form of treatment for patients who suffer from venous ulcers and other conditions in which veins struggle to return blood from the lower extremities. Compression...
  • May. 17, 2018
    MIT engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water’s surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat. In regions of high wind, the...
  • May. 12, 2018
    Is sand a solid, a liquid, or a gas? It’s a question that has plagued scientist for centuries. If a jogger runs on a beach, sand acts as a solid and supports their weight. Put it in an hourglass, and...
  • May. 9, 2018
    Observing the world’s oceans is increasingly a mission assigned to autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) — marine robots that are designed to drift, drive, or glide through the ocean without any real...
  • Apr. 29, 2018
    Which is a better deal: an established, off-the-shelf type of solar panel or a cutting-edge type that delivers more power for a given area but costs more? It turns out that’s far from a simple...
  • Apr. 17, 2018
    The future of the internal combustion engine, with some 2 billion in use in the world today, was a hot topic at last week’s Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress in Detroit. There,...

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