How liquid air could help keep the lights on

The UK will build the first ever liquid air energy storage plant, based on an idea from a backyard inventor.

By Roger Harrabin | Oct. 22, 2019 | bbcnews
~3 mins   

Tags: inventions renewable-energy engineering energy-industry

Pushy robots learn the fundamentals of object manipulation

Systems “learn” from novel dataset that captures how pushed objects move, to improve their physical interactions with new objects.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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

Cell stiffness may indicate whether tumors will invade

Study shows tumors with softer, larger cells at their periphery are more likely to spread; may suggest new route for cancer therapy.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: biological-engineering biology cancer drug-delivery disease mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering medicine health-sciences-and-technology

Deep learning with point clouds

Research aims to make it easier for self-driving cars, robotics, and other applications to understand the 3D world.

Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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

Lab-grown meat gains muscle as it moves from petri dish to dinner plate

Researchers are able to build muscle fibers, giving lab-grown meat the texture meat lovers seek.

Leah Burrows | Oct. 21, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology harvard-john-a-paulson-school-of-engineering-and-applied-sciences kit-parker lab-grown-meat muscle-tissues wyss-institute

Biological engineer Paul Blainey creates new tools to advance biomedical research

His technology platforms have benefited genomics, diagnostics, and drug screening.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 19, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research biological-engineering faculty broad-institute school-of-engineering profile imaging microfluidics genetics drug-development


Giving robots a faster grasp

An algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects, for picking and sorting, or tool use.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 17, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail algorithms manufacturing mechanical-engineering research robots robotics school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf

Scientists discover fractal patterns in a quantum material

The X-ray-focusing lens used in the experiment is based on a design used in lighthouses for centuries.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 16, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: materials-science-and-engineering magnets physics quantum-mechanics research school-of-science materials-research-laboratory national-science-foundation-nsf

Recovering “lost dimensions” of images and video

Model could recreate video from motion-blurred images and “corner cameras,” may someday retrieve 3D data from 2D medical images.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | Oct. 16, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research computer-science-and-technology 3-d 2-d algorithms imaging machine-learning health-care health-sciences-and-technology computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering

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