• 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,...
  • Apr. 16, 2018
    MIT engineers have developed a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene. The team’s results are the first demonstration of an industrial, scalable method...
  • Mar. 25, 2018
    If you were to ask someone to name a new technology that emerged from MIT in the 21st century, there’s a good chance they would name the robotic cheetah. Developed by the MIT Department of Mechanical...
  • Mar. 24, 2018
    A new approach to analyzing and designing new ion conductors — a key component of rechargeable batteries — could accelerate the development of high-energy lithium batteries, and possibly other energy...
  • Mar. 21, 2018
    Over 17 million people around the world are forced to flee their homes by conflict or persecution each year. After enduring the long and treacherous passage to safety, many refugees arrive at...
  • Mar. 21, 2018
    It seems like getting something for nothing, but you really can get drinkable water right out of the driest of desert air. Even in the most arid places on Earth, there is some moisture in the air,...
  • Feb. 28, 2018
    Matthew Chun understands the difficulty of bringing new technologies from conception to market. The MIT senior and Rhodes Scholar co-founded Need-A-Knee, LLC his sophomore year, after working on a...
  • Feb. 27, 2018
    MIT has been honored with 12 No. 1 subject rankings in the QS World University Rankings for 2018. MIT received a No. 1 ranking in the following QS subject areas: Architecture/Built Environment;...
  • Feb. 20, 2018
    In early January 2018, MIT professor John Lienhard opened an unexpected email. A panel of water industry professionals from around the world had ranked him fourth in the Top 25 Global Water Leaders...
  • Feb. 18, 2018
    Unpacking groceries is a straightforward albeit tedious task: You reach into a bag, feel around for an item, and pull it out. A quick glance will tell you what the item is and where it should be...
  • Feb. 15, 2018
    Four MIT faculty are among the 83 new members and 16 foreign associates elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest...
  • Feb. 3, 2018
    Dr. Matt Bianchi had a problem. As chief of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, he needed a better way to diagnose sleep disorders. Typically, a patient seeking a...
  • Feb. 1, 2018
    In 2006, a discovery opened up a new world of possibility for treating diseases. For the first time, researchers created stem cells without using embryos. Adult skin cells were reprogrammed into...
  • Jan. 21, 2018
    When it comes to processing power, the human brain just can’t be beat. Packed within the squishy, football-sized organ are somewhere around 100 billion neurons. At any given moment, a single neuron...
  • Jan. 15, 2018
    What if you could run your air conditioner not on conventional electricity, but on the sun’s heat during a warm summer’s day? With advancements in thermoelectric technology, this sustainable solution...
  • Jan. 7, 2018
    Dust, dirt, bacteria, flies — these are just some of the many contaminants surgeons need to worry about when operating in the field or in hospitals located in developing nations. According to a 2015...
  • Jan. 4, 2018
    Using electrodes made of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can significantly improve the performance of devices ranging from capacitors and batteries to water desalination systems. But figuring out the...

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