• Feb. 17, 2021
    “A seed grant for a risky idea that is mission-driven goes a long way.”  These are the words of Fadel Adib, an associate professor of media arts and sciences and of electrical engineering and...
  • Feb. 13, 2021
    Dexter Ang ’05, AF ’16 had been working as a high-frequency trader before he learned his mother had ALS. Over the next year, he watched her slowly lose the ability to walk, feed herself, and even...
  • Feb. 6, 2021
    At a young age, Orisa Coombs pledged to use her engineering knowledge to reduce inequality. The summer after her first year of high school, she found herself grappling with the harsh realities of...
  • Feb. 2, 2021
    George Hatsopoulos '49, SM '50, ME '54, SCD '56 played many roles in his life. He is perhaps most well known as a thermodynamics expert, inventor, and founder of Thermo Electron Corporation. But at...
  • Feb. 1, 2021
    Many surgeries today are performed via minimally invasive procedures, in which a small incision is made and miniature cameras and surgical tools are threaded through the body to remove tumors and...
  • Jan. 28, 2021
    In many ways, our brain and our digestive tract are deeply connected. Feeling nervous may lead to physical pain in the stomach, while hunger signals from the gut make us feel irritable. Recent...
  • Jan. 19, 2021
    It takes a lot to make a wooden table. Grow a tree, cut it down, transport it, mill it … you get the point. It’s a decades-long process. Luis Fernando Velásquez-García suggests a simpler solution: “...
  • Dec. 17, 2020
    In 2015, MIT set a goal to reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 32 percent by the year 2030. Five years later, the Institute has reduced emissions by 24 percent, remaining on...
  • Dec. 16, 2020
    Despite the fact that Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States, with more than 400,000 new cases every year, there are no consistently accurate tests for Lyme. Known...
  • Dec. 15, 2020
    Warehouses, manufacturing floors, offices, schools — organizations of all kinds have had to change their operations to adapt to life in a pandemic. By now, there is confidence in some ways to help...
  • Dec. 14, 2020
    Some of the research described in this article has been published on a preprint server but has not yet been peer-reviewed by experts in the field.   As Covid-19 infections soar across the U.S., some...
  • Dec. 11, 2020
    On the evening of Dec. 7, six teams of mechanical engineering students presented the product prototypes they developed this semester in class 2.s009 (Explorations in Product Design), a special...
  • Nov. 30, 2020
    Sensors that track everything from infection in the lungs to WiFi usage on a busy university campus are poised to enhance our understanding of, and approach to improving, human health at many levels...
  • Nov. 22, 2020
    The MIT Center for Multi-Cellular Engineered Living Systems (M-CELS), launched in September 2020, takes a new, multidisciplinary approach to designing purpose-driven living systems. Under the...
  • Nov. 19, 2020
    When someone struggles to open a lock with a key that doesn’t quite seem to work, sometimes jiggling the key a bit will help. Now, new research from MIT suggests that coronaviruses, including the one...
  • Nov. 17, 2020
    Autoclaves, the devices used to sterilize medical tools in hospitals, clinics, and doctors’ and dentists’ offices, require a steady supply of pressurized steam at a temperature of about 125 degrees...
  • Nov. 11, 2020
    At the peak of the Covid-19 outbreak in Italy, doctors and healthcare professionals were faced with harrowing decisions. Hospitals were running out of ventilators, forcing doctors to choose which...
  • Nov. 11, 2020
    When MIT announced plans to welcome back some undergraduates, ramp-up research operations, and increase the number of staff on campus this fall, its administration was faced with the challenge of...
  • Nov. 11, 2020
    Cartoons and illustrations have long been used to convey important health and safety messages. From emergency manuals on airplanes to posters in hotel rooms depicting what to do in case of a fire,...
  • Nov. 11, 2020
    An air of uncertainty descended on MIT’s campus in early March. Whispers and rumors about campus closing down swirled in the hallways. Students convened en masse on Killian Court to dance, hug, and...

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