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mid-infrared

Improving Mid-Infrared Imaging and Sensing

A new way of taking images in the mid-infrared part of the spectrum, developed by researchers at MIT and elsewhere, could enable a wide...
Implantable islet cells

Implantable Islet Cells Come with Their Own Oxygen Supply

Since the 1960s, researchers have been interested in the possibility of treating type 1 diabetes by transplanting islet cells — the pancreatic cells that...
genetics

Single-Cell Database to Propel Biological Studies

A team at Whitehead Institute and MIT has harnessed single-cell technologies to analyze over 65,000 cells from the regenerative planarian flatworm, Schmidtea mediterranea, revealing the...
neural network

Machine-Learning System Processes Sounds like Humans Do

Using a machine-learning system known as a deep neural network, MIT researchers have created the first model that can replicate human performance on auditory...
ultrafine diamond

How to Bend and Stretch a Diamond

Diamond is well-known as the strongest of all natural materials, and with that strength comes another tightly linked property: brittleness. But now, an international...
road mapsvideo

A New Way to Automatically Build Road Maps from Aerial Images

Map apps may have changed our world, but they still haven’t mapped all of it yet. Specifically, mapping roads can be difficult and tedious:...
Artificial antimicrobial peptides

Artificial Antimicrobial Peptides Could Help Overcome Drug-Resistant Bacteria

During the past several years, many strains of bacteria have become resistant to existing antibiotics, and very few new drugs have been added to...
mitochondria

Countering Mitochondrial Stress

If there’s one fact that most people retain from elementary biology, it’s that mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell. As such, they break...
on-chip optics

Integrating Optical Components into Existing Chip Designs

Two and a half years ago, a team of researchers led by groups at MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, and Boston University announced...
graphenevideo

A Graphene Roll-Out

MIT engineers have developed a continuous manufacturing process that produces long strips of high-quality graphene. The team’s results are the first demonstration of an industrial,...
caffeine

Polymer Synthesis Gets a Jolt of Caffeine

Caffeine is well-known for its ability to help people stay alert, but a team of researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has...
breast cancer

Perioperative NSAIDs May Prevent Early Metastatic Relapse in Post-Surgical Breast Cancer...

According to new research conducted in mice by Whitehead Institute scientists, surgery in breast cancer patients, which while often curative, may trigger a systemic...
black hole

Dense Stellar Clusters May Foster Black Hole Megamergers

When LIGO’s twin detectors first picked up faint wobbles in their respective, identical mirrors, the signal didn’t just provide first direct detection of gravitational...
fusion

Fine-Tuning Fusion

Theresa Wilks has come full circle, at least geographically. After receiving a master's and PhD from Georgia Tech, she returned to her home state...
Fluorescent dye

Fluorescent Dye Could Enable Sharper Biological Imaging

Fluorescence imaging is widely used for visualizing biological tissues such as the back of the eye, where signs of macular degeneration can be detected....
Artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence in Action

A person watching videos that show things opening — a door, a book, curtains, a blooming flower, a yawning dog — easily understands the...
computer chips

Photonic Communication Comes to Computer Chips

With novel optoelectronic chips and a new partnership with a top silicon-chip manufacturer, MIT spinout Ayar Labs aims to increase speed and reduce energy...
computer interfacevideo

Computer System Transcribes Words Users “Speak Silently”

MIT researchers have developed a computer interface that can transcribe words that the user verbalizes internally but does not actually speak aloud. The system consists of...
global warming

Determining the Timing of Methanogen Evolution

Early forms of life very likely had metabolisms that transformed the primordial Earth, such as initiating the carbon cycle and producing most of the...
metal oxides

Self-Healing Metal Oxides Could Protect Against Corrosion

Researchers have found that a solid oxide protective coating for metals can, when applied in sufficiently thin layers, deform as if it were a...