10 years after Fukushima, safety is still nuclear power's greatest challenge

On the 10th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, two experts explain why human choices are more important to nuclear safety than technology, and why the job is far from finished.

Najmedin Meshkati, Professor of Engineering and International Relations, University of Southern California • conversation
March 5, 2021 ~12 min

New tool finds PFAS compounds on Cape Cod

New tool finds and fingerprints previously undetected PFAS compounds in watersheds on Cape Cod.

Leah Burrows • harvard
March 5, 2021 ~8 min

The science behind frozen wind turbines – and how to keep them spinning through the winter

Wind turbines in cold areas typically include methods for removing and repelling ice, but those methods can waste energy. There's a better way.

Hui Hu, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University • conversation
March 4, 2021 ~9 min

The (robotic) doctor will see you now

Study finds patients are receptive to interacting with robots designed to evaluate symptoms in a contact-free way.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 4, 2021 ~6 min

When more Covid-19 data doesn’t equal more understanding

Social media users share charts and graphs — often with the same underlying data — to advocate opposing approaches to the pandemic.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
March 4, 2021 ~9 min

What will green computing look like in the future?

Examining the environmental impact of computation and the future of green computing.

Leah Burrows • harvard
March 2, 2021 ~6 min

Researchers virtually open and read sealed historic letters

History unfolds as an interdisciplinary research team uses computational tools to examine the contents of “locked” letters.

MIT Libraries • mit
March 2, 2021 ~9 min

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

SMART develops analytical tools to enable next-generation agriculture

Engineered plant nanosensors and portable Raman spectroscopy will help enable sustainable practices in traditional and urban agriculture.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
March 1, 2021 ~9 min

Engineering the boundary between 2D and 3D materials

Cutting-edge microscope helps reveal ways to control the electronic properties of atomically thin materials.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 26, 2021 ~8 min