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cancer stem cells

In Pursuit of the Elusive Stem Cell

How does the body renew itself? How do cancer cells use the same or similar processes to form tumors and spread throughout the body?...
mobile devices

A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes

Developing automated systems that track occupants and self-adapt to their preferences is a major next step for the future of smart homes. When you...
gene therapy

This RNA-Based Technique Could Make Gene Therapy More Effective

Delivering functional genes into cells to replace mutated genes, an approach known as gene therapy, holds potential for treating many types of diseases. The...
Machine-learning

Technique Quickly Identifies Extreme Event Statistics

Seafaring vessels and offshore platforms endure a constant battery of waves and currents. Over decades of operation, these structures can, without warning, meet head-on...
Fabrics

Fabrics Are the Future

Yoel Fink stands under an unassuming LED ceiling lamp wearing what appears to be just an ordinary baseball cap. “Do you hear it?” he...
graphene

Researchers Quickly Harvest 2-D Materials, Bringing Them Closer to Commercialization

Since the 2003 discovery of the single-atom-thick carbon material known as graphene, there has been significant interest in other types of 2-D materials as...
greenhouse gas

Self-Healing Material Can Build Itself from Carbon in the Air

A material designed by MIT chemical engineers can react with carbon dioxide from the air, to grow, strengthen, and even repair itself. The polymer,...
microfluidic chip

Testing New Drugs with “ALS-On-A-Chip”

There is no cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that gradually kills off the motor neurons that control muscles and is diagnosed...

Stamp-Sized Graphene Sheets Riddled with Holes Could Be Boon for Molecular...

MIT engineers have found a way to directly “pinprick” microscopic holes into graphene as the material is grown in the lab. With this technique,...
Fusion Challenge

A New Path to Solving a Longstanding Fusion Challenge

A class exercise at MIT, aided by industry researchers, has led to an innovative solution to one of the longstanding challenges facing the development...
severe malaria

Scientists Have Discovered a Potential Treatment for Severe Malaria

Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have discovered a potential treatment that could be...
Flexible Electronics

Study Opens Route to Flexible Electronics Made from Exotic Materials

The vast majority of computing devices today are made from silicon, the second most abundant element on Earth, after oxygen. Silicon can be found...
malaria

Immune Cell Variations Contribute to Malaria Severity

At least 250 million people are infected with malaria every year, and about half a million of those die from the disease. A new...
exoskeletonsvideo

Movement-Enhancing Exoskeletons May Impair Decision Making

As engineers make strides in the design of wearable, electronically active, and responsive leg braces, arm supports, and full-body suits, collectively known as exoskeletons,...
Anesthesia

To Improve Anesthesia, Focus on Neuroscience and Nociception, Experts Urge

People sometimes mistakenly think of general anesthesia as just a really deep sleep, but in fact, anesthesia is really four brain states — unconsciousness,...
robots

Model Helps Robots Navigate More like Humans Do

When moving through a crowd to reach some end goal, humans can usually navigate the space safely without thinking too much. They can learn...
photonic devices

Paving “One-Way Streets” for Light Inside Photonic Devices

When Takian Fakhrul was a young girl, her father, then a graduate student in materials science at the University of Manchester, would bring her...
enzyme

Chemists Discover Unexpected Enzyme Structure

Many microbes have an enzyme that can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide. This reaction is critical for building carbon compounds and generating energy,...
biopharmaceuticals

A New Way to Manufacture Small Batches of Biopharmaceuticals on Demand

Biopharmaceuticals, a class of drugs comprising proteins such as antibodies and hormones, represent a fast-growing sector of the pharmaceutical industry. They’re increasingly important for...
Mars Landing

Software Finds the Best Way to Stick a Mars Landing

Selecting a landing site for a rover headed to Mars is a lengthy process that normally involves large committees of scientists and engineers. These...