How to deflect an asteroid

MIT engineers devise a decision map to identify the best mission type to deflect an incoming asteroid.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Feb. 18, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering asteroids astronomy nasa research satellites school-of-engineering space astronomy-and-planetary-science

Correcting the “jitters” in quantum devices

A new study suggests a path to more efficient error correction, which may help make quantum computers and sensors more practical.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Feb. 18, 2020 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: students research graduate postdoctoral school-of-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering quantum-computing research-laboratory-of-electronics nanoscience-and-nanotechnology national-science-foundation-nsf

Seeding oceans with iron may not impact climate change

Study finds Earth’s oceans contain just the right amount of iron; adding more may not improve their ability to absorb carbon dioxide.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Feb. 17, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering climate climate-change eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment microbes oceanography-and-ocean-engineering research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf

How CRISPR technology is advancing

Fewer off-target edits and greater targeting scope bring gene editing technology closer to treating human diseases.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy | Feb. 14, 2020 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology base-editing base-editors biotechnology-nature broad-institute caitlin-mcdermott-murphy cas9 chemistry chemistry-and-chemical-biology crispr david-liu dna gene-editing genetic-disease genetic-engineering genome rna sickle-cell-anemia

Low-cost “smart” diaper can notify caregiver when it’s wet

Design combines a common diaper material with RFID technology.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Feb. 13, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: assistive-technology mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering technology-and-society health-science-and-technology

“Sensorized” skin helps soft robots find their bearings

Flexible sensors and an artificial intelligence model tell deformable robots how their bodies are positioned in a 3D environment.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | Feb. 12, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research computer-science-and-technology algorithms robots robotics soft-robotics design machine-learning materials-science-and-engineering computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering

Why C. difficile infection spreads despite increased sanitation practices

Research underscores infection is not a common hospital transmission.

Maria Iacobo | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Feb. 12, 2020 | mit
~4 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering division-of-comparative-medicine medicine disease bacteria biology health microbes research school-of-engineering school-of-science

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