Tag Archives: MIT

  • Evolution of Robots: GelSight Sensors Enable Human-Like Touch

    Popular science fiction books and movies have long toyed with the idea of human-like robots. Recent research at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has brought reality one step closer to such a possibility by improving the sensitivit .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • Building Eco-Friendly Concrete to Reduce Carbon Footprint

    Climate change is a serious problem threatening mankind today and a recent development from MIT may help reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Roland Pellenq, a senior research scientist in the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and research director at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), along with his colleague Franz-Josef Ulm, a professor of CEE and director of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (C .. ... READ MORE

    By: Rebecca Alexander
  • Air Pollution Becomes Ink With Kaalink

    Air pollution is a global problem with few solutions beyond government regulations like The Clean Air Act in the United States and similar regulations in other countries. The problem has gotten so severe that air pollution in India is leading to nearly 1.1 million deaths ... READ MORE

    By: Heidi Reidel
  • Game of Thrones: The Pitched Battle Over CRISPR Patent Turns Even Bitter

    Renowned as one of the biggest leaps in the field of biotechnology since the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), the CRISPR technology has drawn extensive attention from both academia as well as industry. However, the ownership of the CRISPR technology and its associated patent rights has been disputed since its .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Avoiding Stumbles, from Spacewalks to Sidewalks

    Vibrating footwear could help astronauts and visually impaired earthlings skirt obstacles. Video of astronauts tripping over moon rocks can make for entertaining Internet viewing, but falls in space can jeopardize astronauts' missions and even their lives. Getting to one's feet in a bulky, pressurized spacesuit can consume time and precious oxygen reserves, and falls increase the risk that the suit will be punctured. Most falls happen becau .. ... READ MORE

    By: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New Food Contact Materials Currently Molding the Industry

    In the search of new properties for food contact materials, scientists try to meet the needs of both industry and society. A major focus has been on reducing the ecological impact of the nowadays ubiquitous plastics, and looking for safer materials that do not need the use of plas .. ... READ MORE

    By: Gonzalo Delgado
  • Power of Brain Stimulation: From Light To Nano

    Artificial brain stimulation has been used to both study and treat certain neurological conditions such as depression, Parkinson’s disease, autism, Tourette syndrome and epilepsy. The current techniques used for brain stimulation include non-invasive electrical and ultrasound stimulation approaches, implanted micro-magnetic stimulation devices and deep brain stimulation approaches. This plethora of stimulation approaches differ in their desired effect and intensity, as well .. ... READ MORE

    By: Minttu Kansikas
  • Cardiovascular Genomics: Linking Genes to Heart Disease

    Around the globe, cardiovascular diseases are one of the leading causes of death. In 2013, one of every three deaths in the US was due to a cardiovascular disease. It is anticipated that these numbers will continue to increase to reach 23.6 million deaths in 2030 - unless a breakthrough in treating or preventing heart-related diseases is made. Cardiovascular genomics is a new field of science that primarily focuses on characterizing genetic risks of heart disease .. ... READ MORE

    By: Aditi Joshi
  • CRISPR: What can be Cured Must not be Endured

     Introduction: As the demand for synthetic genes keeps on increasing, CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats), a gene editing technique full of promise, is being used more and more in the food industry, agriculture and in industrial products. A market research company states that the genome editing market, including techniques such as CRISPR, transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN) or Zinc finger nuclease (ZFN), i .. ... READ MORE

    By: Aditi Joshi
  • Discovery of New System for Genome Editing to Dramatically Improve Genetic Engineering

    It is of no doubt that the recent advancements of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing technique has provided a huge boost to the genetic research field. Evolutionary, as a defensive mechanism found in some bacteria and archaea against invasive viruses and exploited by the Church group in Harvard and Zhang group in MIT, such a genome-editing technique is gradually becoming the standard protocol for performing genetic engineering in a wide range of organisms, from cells and animals .. ... READ MORE

    By: Siwei Zhang
  • Wireless Method for Stimulating Brain Tissue

    As most of the gadgets we use today are becoming wireless, it is no surprise that medicine is taking part in the wireless trend. A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) led by Polina Anikeeva, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering, have successfully developed a wireless method to stimulate brain tissue without the need of any implants or wired devices. Current methods for stimulating brain tissue require the surgica .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ayanna Flegler
  • Building Blocks for Medical Imaging

    Diagnostic imaging has become critical for identifying and monitoring health issues. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an example of a widely used imaging technology that has greatly improved the capabilities of research and medicine. Within biological research, fluorescent chemical compounds are used for various applications. Researchers led by Drs. Molly A. Sowers and Jeremiah Johnson at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new class of nanopar .. ... READ MORE

    By: Ayanna Flegler
  • New “Plug-and-Play” CO2 Scrubber To Be Used In Existing Power Plants

    MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MASSACHUSETTS, USA. Researchers were able to develop a new carbon dioxide scrubbing system that works so efficient that they refer to it as the new “plug-and-play” system for power plants. Unlike the complex plumbing being used by most power plants nowadays, the newly developed CO2 scrubber would not need any steam connection and can be easily added to any existing power plant. This process is necessary in any power plant to drive th .. ... READ MORE

    By: Shinji Tutoru
  • The Injection of the Future: Painless and Needle-less

    MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, USA. In the not so distant future, medicine can now be injected without the pain of needles through this invention of MIT’s Mechanical Engineers. They developed a high-pressure jet injection system that uses a Lorenz-force actuator that releases medicine in the speed of sound in air. The invention is a jet-injection system that can deliver various doses at various depths. In its core is a magnet which is then surrou .. ... READ MORE

    By: Gaia Smith
  • Your Computer Can Now Detect If You’re Tired and Take Over Your Job

    MIT, USA. A group of researchers found a way for your computer to take over the job when it detects that you are multitasking. Solovey and her colleagues use the functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) in order to measure the activity of your brain. When you are stressed out and tired, Brainput detects that you are now multi-tasking, or otherwise called branching, and takes over the job through the software. It is a kind of headgear placed in the for .. ... READ MORE

    By: Gaia Smith
  • Glass that is Anti-Fogging, Self-Cleaning and Free of Glare

    MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, USA: A new multifunctional glass was developed by researchers of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to the researchers the new “multifunctional” glass, based on surface nano textures that produce an array of conical features, is self-cleaning and resists fogging and glare. This invention causes the production of glass that is nearly unrecognizable because of its absence of glare. The surface peculiarity results .. ... READ MORE

    By: Sandra Subha
  • A camera that can see around corners

    MIT, USA. Ultra-fast camera can create images of hidden objects using scattered laser light. A new imaging system developed at MIT's Media Lab could use opaque walls, doors or floors as 'mirrors' to gather information about scenes outside its line of sight. In doing so, the camera is able to see objects hidden behind walls. Such a camera could be invaluable in dangerous or inaccessible locations, such as inside machinery with moving parts, or in highly con .. ... READ MORE

    By: Susan Smith
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