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messenger RNA

New Materials Improve Delivery of Therapeutic Messenger RNA

In an advance that could lead to new treatments for a variety of diseases, MIT researchers have devised a new way to deliver messenger...
Cancer Chemotherapy

Scientists Sharpen the Edges of Cancer Chemotherapy

Tackling unsolved problems is a cornerstone of scientific research, propelled by the power and promise of new technologies. Indeed, one of the shiniest tools...
nuclear energy

Making Nuclear Energy Safer and More Affordable

In March 2011, as the disastrous accidents were unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, Xingang Zhao was contemplating his next...
drug development

Automating Molecule Design to Speed up Drug Development

Designing new molecules for pharmaceuticals is primarily a manual, time-consuming process that’s prone to error. But MIT researchers have now taken a step toward...
nanodevices

Kirigami-Inspired Technique Manipulates Light at the Nanoscale

Nanokirigami has taken off as a field of research in the last few years; the approach is based on the ancient arts of origami...
robotsvideo

“Blind” Cheetah 3 Robot Can Climb Stairs Littered with Obstacles

MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot can now leap and gallop across rough terrain, climb a staircase littered with debris, and quickly recover its balance when...
fabrics waterproof

New Coatings Make Natural Fabrics Waterproof

Fabrics that resist water are essential for everything from rainwear to military tents, but conventional water-repellent coatings have been shown to persist in the...
Prosthetic limb

Low-Cost Prosthetic Foot Mimics Natural Walking

Prosthetic limb technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, giving amputees a range of bionic options, including artificial knees controlled by microchips, sensor-laden feet...
Autism Therapyvideo

Personalized “Deep Learning” Equips Robots for Autism Therapy

Children with autism spectrum conditions often have trouble recognizing the emotional states of people around them — distinguishing a happy face from a fearful...
tropoelastin molecule

Researchers Decode Molecule That Gives Living Tissues Their Flexibility

The stretchiness that allows living tissues to expand, contract, stretch, and bend throughout a lifetime is the result of a protein molecule called tropoelastin....
brain plasticity

MIT Scientists Discover Fundamental Rule of Brain Plasticity

Our brains are famously flexible, or “plastic,” because neurons can do new things by forging new or stronger connections with other neurons. But if...
pancreatic cancer

Biologists Discover How Pancreatic Tumors Lead to Weight Loss

Patients with pancreatic cancer usually experience significant weight loss, which can begin very early in the disease. A new study from MIT and Dana-Farber...
robots

How to Control Robots with Brainwaves and Hand Gestures

Getting robots to do things isn’t easy: Usually, scientists have to either explicitly program them or get them to understand how humans communicate via...
miniature drones

Chip Upgrade Helps Miniature Drones Navigate

Researchers at MIT, who last year designed a tiny computer chip tailored to help honeybee-sized drones navigate, have now shrunk their chip design even further, in...
Artificial blubber

“Artificial Blubber” Protects Divers in Frigid Water

When Navy SEALs carry out dives in Arctic waters, or when rescue teams are diving under ice-covered rivers or ponds, the survival time even...
machine-learning algorithm

Faster Analysis of Medical Images

Medical image registration is a common technique that involves overlaying two images, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, to compare and analyze anatomical...
Smart Power Outlet

MIT Engineers Build Smart Power Outlet

Have you ever plugged in a vacuum cleaner, only to have it turn off without warning before the job is done? Or perhaps your...
sensors

MIT Engineers Configure RFID Tags to Work as Sensors

These days, many retailers and manufacturers are tracking their products using RFID, or radio-frequency identification tags. Often, these tags come in the form of...
Magnetic 3-D-printed structuresvideo

Magnetic 3-D-Printed Structures Crawl, Roll, Jump, and Play Catch

MIT engineers have created soft, 3-D-printed structures whose movements can be controlled with a wave of a magnet, much like marionettes without the strings. The...
Cholera

MIT Engineers Recruit Microbes to Help Fight Cholera

MIT engineers have developed a probiotic mix of natural and engineered bacteria to diagnose and treat cholera, an intestinal infection that causes severe dehydration. Cholera...