• Aug. 6, 2014
    MIT engineers have fabricated a new elastic material coated with microscopic, hairlike structures that tilt in response to a magnetic field. Depending on the field’s orientation, the microhairs can...
  • Jul. 8, 2014
    The fields of data communication, fabrication, and ultrasound imaging share a common challenge when it comes to improving speed and efficiency: light’s diffraction limit. Nicholas Fang thinks his...
  • Jun. 19, 2014
    What’s the difference between the Eiffel Tower and the Washington Monument? Both structures soar to impressive heights, and each was the world’s tallest building when completed. But the Washington...
  • Nov. 20, 2013
    Those who study hydrophobic materials — water-shedding surfaces such as those found in nature and created in the laboratory — are familiar with a theoretical limit on the time it takes for a water...
  • Nov. 13, 2013
    Lithium-air batteries have become a hot research area in recent years: They hold the promise of drastically increasing power per battery weight, which could lead, for example, to electric cars with a...
  • Nov. 11, 2013
    When an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011, knocking out emergency power supplies, crews sprayed seawater on the reactors to cool them — to no avail. One...
  • Oct. 16, 2013
    There are good bacteria and there are bad bacteria — and sometimes both coexist within the same species. Take, for instance, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a microbe common in soil and water. This...
  • Sep. 17, 2013
    MIT researchers have found a new family of materials that provides the best-ever performance in a reaction called oxygen evolution, a key requirement for energy storage and delivery systems such as...
  • Dec. 10, 2012
    In a New Microchip, Cells Separate by Rolling Away   Associate Professor Rohit Karnik in his lab. Karnik’s new microfluidic device isolates target cells (in pink) from the rest of the flow by...
  • Aug. 3, 2012
    Professor Nick Fang Explores Etching at the Nanoscale     Using electrochemical and optical processes, programmable metamaterials, composed of functional micro- and nanostructures, are prototyped...
  • Dec. 5, 2011
      Yang Shao-Horn is tackling the world’s energy problem by exploring — and manipulating — the surfaces of particles only billionths of a meter in diameter. Hundreds of thousands of these particles...

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