Search-and-rescue algorithm identifies hidden “traps” in ocean waters

Method may help quickly identify regions where objects — and missing people — may have converged.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~8 min

Tags: algorithms fluid-dynamics ocean-science mechanical-engineering oceanography-and-ocean-engineering research school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf

Study finds electrical fields can throw a curveball

Particle-scale phenomenon akin to the swerving of a curveball could allow selective separation of suspended nanomaterials.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~7 min

Tags: research chemical-engineering school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology physics national-science-foundation-nsf nasa

Study unveils details of how a widely used catalyst splits water

“Gold standard” material for generating oxygen from water divulges its molecular mechanisms.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: research school-of-engineering chemistry mit-energy-initiative materials-science-and-engineering dmse energy-storage research-laboratory-of-electronics

Making tissue stretchable, compressible, and nearly indestructible

Chemical process called ELAST allows labeling probes to infuse more quickly, and makes samples tough enough for repeated handling.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: picower-institute institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes chemical-engineering school-of-engineering neuroscience microscopy tissue-engineering imaging research national-institutes-of-health-nih

Towable sensor free-falls to measure vertical slices of ocean conditions

Instrument may help scientists assess the ocean’s response to climate change.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: eaps ocean-science oceanography-and-ocean-engineering physics research school-of-science sensors water climate-change

Machine-learning tool could help develop tougher materials

Engineers develop a rapid screening system to test fracture resistance in billions of potential materials.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: research biomaterials civil-and-environmental-engineering materials-science-and-engineering artificial-intelligence machine-learning school-of-engineering

A scientist turns to entrepreneurship

After delivering novel computational methods for nuclear problems, nuclear science and engineering PhD candidate Pablo Ducru plunges into startup life.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: nuclear-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering research graduate postdoctoral energy startups innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie profile nuclear-power-and-reactors sustainability climate-change

SMART researchers receive grant to develop rapid tests for Covid-19

Using engineered binder proteins to detect viral proteins or antibodies rather than RNA, new tests may overcome current challenges in testing for SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
May 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart school-of-engineering disease health public-health research rna covid-19 proteins pandemic grants

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