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Biologists find unexpected role for amyloid-forming protein

Fibrous protein clumps known as amyloids are most often associated with diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, where they form characteristic plaques in the brain. Scientists...

Viruses join fight against harmful bacteria

In the hunt for new ways to kill harmful bacteria, scientists have turned to a natural predator: viruses that infect bacteria. By tweaking the...

How to make large 2-D sheets

Sheets of graphene and other materials that are virtually two-dimensional hold great promise for electronic, optical, and other high-tech applications. But the biggest limitation...

Inexpensive new catalysts can be fine-tuned

Researchers at MIT and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new type of catalyst that can be tuned to promote desired chemical reactions,...

Printing transparent glass in 3-D

The technology behind 3-D printing — which initially grew out of work at MIT — has exploded in recent years to encompass a wide...

First new cache-coherence mechanism in 30 years

In a modern, multicore chip, every core — or processor — has its own small memory cache, where it stores frequently used data. But...

How to spawn an “exceptional ring”

The Dirac cone, named after British physicist Paul Dirac, started as a concept in particle and high-energy physics and has recently became important in...

MIT joins $171M public-private consortium on manufacturing flexible electronics

MIT is one of several universities in Massachusetts that will support a new federal initiative to boost manufacturing innovation in the area of flexible...

Bubble, bubble … boiling on the double

The boiling of water is at the heart of many industrial processes, from the operation of electric power plants to chemical processing and desalination....

Untangling the mechanics of knots

Got rope? Then try this experiment: Cross both ends, left over right, then bring the left end under and out, as if tying a...

Saving rural India’s “liquid cash”

India is the world’s leading milk producer, with many of its people relying on milk as a primary source of income. Indian dairies buy...

CSAIL joins with Toyota on $25 million research center for autonomous cars

The World Health Organization estimates that 3,400 people die each day from traffic-related accidents. Could autonomous cars be part of the solution? Today MIT’s Computer Science...

Customizing 3-D printing

The technology behind 3-D printing is growing more and more common, but the ability to create designs for it is not. Any but the...

Metallic gels produce tunable light emission

Researchers at MIT have developed a family of materials that can emit light of precisely controlled colors — even pure white light — and...

Can rain clean the atmosphere?

As a raindrop falls through the atmosphere, it can attract tens to hundreds of tiny aerosol particles to its surface before hitting the ground....

Searching big data faster

For more than a decade, gene sequencers have been improving more rapidly than the computers required to make sense of their outputs. Searching for...

Paul O’Gorman: Extreme storm tracker

Several winters back, while shoveling out his driveway after a particularly heavy snowstorm, Paul O’Gorman couldn’t help but wonder: How is climate change affecting...

Protein found to play a key role in blocking pathogen survival

Invading microbial pathogens must scavenge essential nutrients from their host organism in order to survive and replicate. To defend themselves from infection, hosts attempt...

Crash-tolerant data storage

In a computer operating system, the file system is the part that writes data to disk and tracks where the data is stored. If...

Solving mysteries of conductivity in polymers

Materials known as conjugated polymers have been seen as very promising candidates for electronics applications, including capacitors, photodiodes, sensors, organic light-emitting diodes, and thermoelectric...