• Sep. 22, 2016
    On a Friday afternoon in September, a small clutch of people are gathered around Anthony McDougal to hear him describe his research on the biological and mechanical processes behind the brilliant...
  • Sep. 15, 2016
    Is there a streetlight burned out on your block? Unless you or your neighbors phone the right city department, there’s a good chance nobody knows about it. Most cities don’t have any comprehensive...
  • Sep. 5, 2016
    MIT has been ranked as the top university in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings. This marks the fifth straight year in which the Institute has been ranked in the No. 1 position. The...
  • Aug. 31, 2016
    In Rohit Karnik’s lab, researchers are searching for tiny solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. MIT-Karnik-Rohit-1_1024.jpg “I try to guide my...
  • Aug. 29, 2016
    When farmers spray their fields with pesticides or other treatments, only 2 percent of the spray sticks to the plants. A significant portion of it typically bounces right off the plants, lands on the...
  • Aug. 28, 2016
    For those of you who take sandcastle building very seriously, listen up: MIT engineers now say you can trust a very simple equation to calculate the force required to push a shovel — and any other “...
  • Aug. 11, 2016
    The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) has announced four new grant recipients in its J-WAFS Solutions program. J-WAFS Solutions is sponsored by Abdul Latif Jameel...
  • Jul. 27, 2016
    Delivering beer and other beverages to bars in Boston and other cities with old infrastructure — where many storage cellars have no elevator access — can damage workers’ health and businesses’ bottom...
  • Jul. 24, 2016
    Desalination – the process of removing salt and other contaminants from water for human consumption – provides almost 90 billion liters of water per day worldwide. And though large-scale desalination...
  • Jul. 24, 2016
    Prakash Govindan, co-founder and CTO of water technology company Gradiant, remembers walking down to his town center as a young man in Chennai, India, with his brother, Srinivas. The hot sun on their...
  • Jul. 24, 2016
    What are some of the most important problems to solve when it comes to providing clean water globally? Depending on where you are, the challenges around water are different. In some places where you...
  • Jul. 23, 2016
    Despite having two degrees in mechanical engineering, a passion for thermodynamics, and a love for math, PhD candidate Jaichander Swaminathan spends most of his time these days fixing leaks. An MIT...
  • Jul. 16, 2016
    The air was hot and gritty. Shehazvi had to squint to see past the sun into the edge of town, past the cars and motorcycles whizzing by, past the scorched earth, to where old buildings stood...
  • Apr. 11, 2016
    Water filters of the future may be made from billions of tiny, graphene-based nanoscrolls. Each scroll, made by rolling up a single, atom-thick layer of graphene, could be tailored to trap specific...
  • Apr. 7, 2016
    Dr. Koichi Masubuchi, Professor Emeritus of Ocean Engineering, passed away on April 1, 2016, at the age of 92 years old, in Concord, Mass. Professor Masubuchi was a leading expert in welding science...
  • Feb. 29, 2016
    Acoustic-gravity waves are very long sound waves that cut through the deep ocean at the speed of sound. These lightning-quick currents can sweep up water, nutrients, salts, and any other particles in...
  • Feb. 25, 2016
    Sailing history is rife with tales of monster-sized rogue waves — huge, towering walls of water that seemingly rise up from nothing to dwarf, then deluge, vessel and crew. Rogue waves can measure...
  • Feb. 15, 2016
    Amos Winter may be an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, but he describes one of the most important aspects of his job as “detective work.” That’s what he, MIT PhD candidate ...
  • Jan. 24, 2016
    From gene mapping to space exploration, humanity continues to generate ever-larger sets of data — far more information than people can actually process, manage, or understand. Machine learning...
  • Jan. 3, 2016
    A Mechanical Engineer’s Obsession with Self-Driving Cars John J. Leonard is the Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering and Associate Department Head for Research in the MIT...

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