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RePaintvideo

Reproducing Paintings That Make an Impression

The empty frames hanging inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum serve as a tangible reminder of the world’s biggest unsolved art heist. While the original...
cooling without power

A New Way to Provide Cooling Without Power

MIT researchers have devised a new way of providing cooling on a hot sunny day, using inexpensive materials and requiring no fossil fuel-generated power....
Arthritis Treatment

Potential Arthritis Treatment Prevents Cartilage Breakdown

Osteoarthritis, a disease that causes severe joint pain, affects more than 20 million people in the United States. Some drug treatments can help alleviate...
neurodegenerative diseases

Biologists Discover an Unusual Hallmark of Aging in Neurons

As we age, neurons in our brains can become damaged by free radicals. MIT biologists have now discovered that this type of damage, known...
gene regulation

Activating a New Understanding of Gene Regulation

Regulation of gene expression — turning genes on or off, increasing or decreasing their expression — is critical for defining cell identity during development...
aircraftvideo

MIT Engineers Fly First-Ever Plane with No Moving Parts

Since the first airplane took flight over 100 years ago, virtually every aircraft in the sky has flown with the help of moving parts...
mosquito-borne illnesses

Detecting Dengue, Zika, and Chikangunya Within Minutes

An MIT Tata Center funded research team led by MIT Professor Lee Gehrke and collaborator Irene Bosch has developed a paper-based diagnostic test to detect Zika,...
Cognitive flexibility

How the Brain Switches Between Different Sets of Rules

Cognitive flexibility — the brain’s ability to switch between different rules or action plans depending on the context — is key to many of...
solar power

Explaining the Plummeting Cost of Solar Power

The dramatic drop in the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, which has fallen by 99 percent over the last four decades, is often...
sepsis

Machine-Learning System Could Aid Critical Decisions in Sepsis Care

Researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have developed a predictive model that could guide clinicians in deciding when to give potentially life-saving...
microrobots

Using Electricity and Water, a New Kind of Motor Can Slide...

Look around and you'll likely see something that runs on an electric motor. Powerful and efficient, they keep much of our world moving, everything...
dopamine

Dopamine Primes the Brain for Enhanced Vigilance

Imagine a herd of deer grazing in the forest. Suddenly, a twig snaps nearby, and they look up from the grass. The thought of...
antibiotics

Chemical Synthesis Could Produce More Potent Antibiotics

Using a novel type of chemical reaction, MIT researchers have shown that they can modify antibiotics in a way that could potentially make them...
schizophrenia

Brain Activity Pattern May Be Early Sign of Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia, a brain disorder that produces hallucinations, delusions, and cognitive impairments, usually strikes during adolescence or young adulthood. While some signs can suggest that...
nanoscale

Improving Materials from the Nanoscale up

The 2018 MIT Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) Materials Day Symposium, highlighting advances in materials science and engineering, took place in Kresge Auditorium on Oct....
RFID tagsvideo

Putting Food-Safety Detection in the Hands of Consumers

MIT Media Lab researchers have developed a wireless system that leverages the cheap RFID tags already on hundreds of billions of products to sense...
ultra-low-power microchips

Study Opens Route to Ultra-Low-Power Microchips

A new approach to controlling magnetism in a microchip could open the doors to memory, computing, and sensing devices that consume drastically less power...
heat-rejecting film

See-Through Film Rejects 70 Percent of Incoming Solar Heat

To battle the summer heat, office and residential buildings tend to crank up the air conditioning, sending energy bills soaring. Indeed, it’s estimated that...
batteries

Extending the Life of Low-Cost, Compact, Lightweight Batteries

Metal-air batteries are one of the lightest and most compact types of batteries available, but they can have a major limitation: When not in...
batteries

A Novel Way to Advance a Better Battery Design

Cadenza Innovation has developed a new design that improves the performance, cost, and safety of large lithium ion batteries. Now, with an unusual strategy...