Researchers introduce a new generation of tiny, agile drones

The technology could boost aerial robots’ repertoire, allowing them to operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
March 2, 2021 ~6 min

Could lab-grown plant tissue ease the environmental toll of logging and agriculture?

MIT researchers grow structures made of wood-like plant cells in a lab, hinting at the possibility of more efficient biomaterials production.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 20, 2021 ~6 min

Technique reveals deeper insights into the makeup of nacre, a natural material

Discovery could lead to new designs for improved and more sustainable materials inspired by nature.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering • mit
Oct. 30, 2020 ~5 min

How to get conductive gels to stick when wet

A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 20, 2020 ~6 min

Widening metal tolerance for hydrogels

MIT graduate student Seth Cazzell shows controlling pH enables reversible hydrogel formation in wider range of metal concentrations.

Denis Paiste | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
Dec. 23, 2019 ~4 min

Flexible yet sturdy robot is designed to “grow” like a plant

Its extendable appendage can meander through tight spaces and then lift heavy loads.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 7, 2019 ~6 min

Double-sided tape for tissues could replace surgical sutures

New adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 30, 2019 ~7 min

Ultra-soft underwater grippers reach next level of perfection

To study jellyfish and other fragile marine life without damaging them, researchers developed ultra-soft underwater grippers that catch and release jellyfish without harm.

Lindsay Brownell • harvard
Aug. 28, 2019 ~8 min

“Nanofiber yarn” makes for stretchy, protective artificial tissue

Twisted fibers coated with living cells could assist healing of injured muscles and tendons.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 23, 2019 ~6 min

Working out makes hydrogels perform more like muscle

Mechanical “training” produces strong, fatigue-resistant, yet soft hydrogels with possible uses in medicine.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent • mit
April 22, 2019 ~6 min