Inspired by kombucha tea, engineers create “living materials”

A symbiotic culture of specialized yeast and bacteria can generate tough materials able to perform a variety of functions.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

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Making smart thermostats more efficient

A smart thermostat quickly learns to optimize building microclimates for both energy consumption and user preference.

Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems • mit
Dec. 18, 2020 ~6 min

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Making data-informed Covid-19 testing plans

A new web-friendly modeling tool helps organizations build tailored Covid-19 testing strategies that can save money and reduce coronavirus spread.

Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society • mit
Dec. 15, 2020 ~7 min

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An LED that can be integrated directly into computer chips

The advance could cut production costs and reduce the size of microelectronics for sensing and communication.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 14, 2020 ~7 min

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Better learning with shape-shifting objects

MIT study shows the power of adaptive training tools, like a basketball hoop that shrinks and raises as you make shots.

Adam Conner-Simons | MIT CSAIL • mit
Dec. 7, 2020 ~4 min

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