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A new way to monitor vital signs

Using technology invented at MIT, doctors may one day be able to monitor patients’ vital signs by having them swallow an ingestible electronic device...

Chemists create adaptable metallic-cage gels

MIT chemists have created a new material that combines the flexibility of polymer gels with the rigid structure provided by metal-based clusters. The new...

Scaling commercial energy efficiency

Big data may soon make buildings greener. With a recent major acquisition, MIT alumni-founded Retroficiency, which has assessed hundreds of thousands of buildings, is...

Reprogramming biology

Since arriving at MIT last December, James Collins’ biggest challenge has been finding time to take on all of the research projects that appeal...

Hydrogel superglue is 90 percent water

Nature has developed innovative ways to solve a sticky challenge: Mussels and barnacles stubbornly glue themselves to cliff faces, ship hulls, and even the...

Amplifying — or removing — visual variation

At the Siggraph Asia conference this week, MIT researchers presented a pair of papers describing techniques for either magnifying or smoothing out small variations...

Harvesting more energy from photons

Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have found a way to significantly boost the energy that can be harnessed from sunlight, a finding that could...

Cracking the problem of river growth

A general mathematical theory that predicts how cracks spread through materials like glass and ice can also predict the direction in which rivers will...

Engineers design magnetic cell sensors

MIT engineers have designed magnetic protein nanoparticles that can be used to track cells or to monitor interactions within cells. The particles, described today...

To locate objects, brain relies on memory

Imagine you are looking for your wallet on a cluttered desk. As you scan the area, you hold in your mind a mental picture...
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Researchers Develop Algorithm to 3D Print Vibrational Sounds 

To demonstrate their optimization algorithm, the researchers built a “zoolophone,” a metallophone with playful animal shapes. (Video courtesy of Gaurav Bharaj, David I.W. Levin, James...

A basis for all cryptography

“Indistinguishability obfuscation” is a powerful concept that would yield provably secure versions of every cryptographic system we’ve ever developed and all those we’ve been...

A smart inhaler for people with asthma

Rescue inhalers are commonly used by asthmatics, as necessary, during asthma attacks. But people with asthma sometimes use maintenance inhalers, on a prescribed schedule,...

Bubble, bubble, at the flick of a switch

Boiling water, with its commotion of bubbles that rise from a surface as water comes to a boil, is central to most electric power...

Faster optimization

Optimization problems are everywhere in engineering: Balancing design tradeoffs is an optimization problem, as are scheduling and logistical planning. The theory — and sometimes...

Metal defects can be eliminated by cyclic loading

It’s a well-known characteristic of metals that repeated bending in the same place can cause the material to weaken and eventually break; this phenomenon,...

Smarter lenses

After five years of development and about 40,000 tests worldwide, the mobile eye-test device developed by MIT spinout EyeNetra is coming to hospitals, optometric...

Artificial whisker reveals source of harbor seal’s uncanny prey-sensing ability

Harbor seals have an amazingly fine-tuned sense for detecting prey, as marine biologists have noted for years. Even when blindfolded, trained seals are able...
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Quantum physics meets genetic engineering

Nature has had billions of years to perfect photosynthesis, which directly or indirectly supports virtually all life on Earth. In that time, the process...

Latest experiment at Large Hadron Collider reports first results

After a two-year hiatus, the Large Hadron Collider, the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world, began its second run of experiments...