• Dec. 11, 2018
    Small imperfections in a wine glass or tiny creases in a contact lens can be tricky to make out, even in good light. In almost total darkness, images of such transparent features or objects are...
  • Dec. 10, 2018
    Boaters who fall overboard, ambulance drivers who navigate speed bumps, and crutch or wheelchair users who want more freedom and control are among those who could benefit from the innovative devices...
  • 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....
  • Dec. 9, 2018
    In early January 2018, a nor’easter pummeled the East Coast. Many streets in Boston became impassable due to a record-breaking high tide. Seawater rushed down Seaport Boulevard in Boston’s Seaport...
  • Dec. 9, 2018
    Departmental News - Evelyn Wang, Gail E. Kendall (1978) Professor and director of MIT’s Device Research Laboratory, has been named head of the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her leadership...
  • Dec. 9, 2018
    When it comes to the health of the planet, agriculture and food production play an enormous role. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, roughly 37% of land...
  • Dec. 9, 2018
    The images are ubiquitous: a coastal town decimated by another powerful hurricane, satellite images showing shrinking polar ice caps, a school of dead fish floating on the surface of warming waters,...
  • Dec. 9, 2018
    In the large swath of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Baja California, the ocean floor is peppered with baseball-sized nodules that contain more cobalt, copper, and nickel than all the land-...
  • Dec. 8, 2018
    This fall, a team of four students in MIT’s course 6.811 (Principles and Practices of Assistive Technology, or PPAT) designed a device that will help Pauline Dowell, a legally blind MIT employee,...
  • Dec. 6, 2018
    On a Friday in mid-November, recent mechanical engineering alumna Elizabeth Bianchini ’18 found herself on stage in front of a rather intimidating audience. She was presenting at the 2018 Collegiate...
  • Dec. 6, 2018
    Forbes calls its 2019 30 Under 30 honorees “a collection of bold risk-takers who are putting a new twist on the old tools of the trade.” So it should come as no surprise that the MIT community is...
  • Dec. 5, 2018
    Five MIT students — Radha Mastandrea, Kathryn O’Nell, Anna Sappington, Kyle Swanson ’18, and Crystal Winston — have been awarded Marshall Scholarships to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom...
  • Dec. 5, 2018
    When you deform a soft material such as Silly Putty, its properties change depending on how fast you stretch and squeeze it. If you leave the putty in a small glass, it will eventually spread out...
  • Dec. 4, 2018
    MIT engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver that energy back into an electric grid on demand. The system may...
  • Dec. 3, 2018
    Ellen Roche is used to bridging two worlds. Originally from Galway, she has spent the past 14 years moving back and forth between the United States and her native Ireland. She has also spent time in...
  • Nov. 28, 2018
    Recent work from an MIT lab may help 3-D printing fulfill its long-standing promise to transform manufacturing by enabling the rapid design and production of customized and complex objects. The key...
  • Nov. 28, 2018
    By studying both the physical and genomic features of cancer cells, MIT researchers have come up with a new way to investigate why some cancer cells survive drug treatment while others succumb. Their...
  • Nov. 28, 2018
    Electric vehicle startup Rivian Automotive has spent the first nine years of its existence in stealth mode working to design vehicles around what it believes are future trends in mobility, such as...
  • Nov. 27, 2018
    MIT researchers have devised a new way of providing cooling on a hot sunny day, using inexpensive materials and requiring no fossil fuel-generated power. The passive system, which could be used to...

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