Cities and climate change: why low-rise buildings are the future – not skyscrapers

New research has found that low-rise urban environments are more space and carbon efficient than high-rise buildings which have a drastically higher carbon impact.

Francesco Pomponi, Associate Professor of Sustainability Science, Edinburgh Napier University • conversation
Oct. 27, 2021 ~8 min

A new way to organize cancer mutations could lead to better treatment matches for patients

Every cancer is different. Grouping cancer mutations by their structure and function could help make treatments more personalized.

Jacqulyne Robichaux, Assistant Professor of Thoracic & Head and Neck Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center • conversation
Oct. 25, 2021 ~8 min

New fibers can make breath-regulating garments

“Robotic” textiles could help performers and athletes train their breathing, and potentially help patients recovering from postsurgery breathing changes.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 15, 2021 ~8 min

To swim like a tuna, robotic fish need to change how stiff their tails are in real time

Researchers used an old theory on vibrating plane wings to study how fish swim so well. They were able to double the swimming efficiency of their robotic fish over a range of speeds.

Daniel Quinn, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Virginia • conversation
Oct. 1, 2021 ~8 min

Making health and motion sensing devices more personal

An electrical impedance tomography toolkit lets users design and fabricate health and motion sensing devices.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Sept. 22, 2021 ~5 min

Engineers create 3D-printed objects that sense how a user is interacting with them

Advance incorporates sensing directly into an object’s material, with applications for assistive technology and “intelligent” furniture.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 14, 2021 ~6 min

5 reasons video games should be more widely used in school

While China has taken steps to rein in the playing of video games among students during the school week, a U.S. scholar makes the case for why the games should be featured more prominently in school.

Andre Thomas, Director - LIVE lab and Associate Professor of the Practice, Texas A&M University • conversation
Sept. 3, 2021 ~9 min

Smart laser cutter system detects different materials

“SensiCut,” a smart material-sensing platform for laser cutters, can differentiate between 30 materials commonly found in makerspaces and workshops.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Aug. 19, 2021 ~5 min

Fish fins are teaching us the secret to flexible robots and new shape-changing materials

Fish fins are extremely flexible yet also strong. A special segmented fin design is the key to this useful combination of properties and could inspire new morphing materials.

Francois Barthelat, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Aug. 18, 2021 ~6 min

What are dark patterns? An online media expert explains

Deceptively labeled buttons, choices that are hard to undo, web designs that hide options – these dark patterns are how some websites trick people into giving up their money and information.

Jasmine McNealy, Assistant Professor of Telecommunication, University of Florida • conversation
Aug. 3, 2021 ~4 min