Research collaboration puts climate-resilient crops in sight

MIT professors Dave Des Marais and Caroline Uhler combine plant biology and machine learning to identify genetic roots of plant responses to environmental stress.

Alison Gold | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab • mit
yesterday ~8 min

The next generation of glowing plants

Using nanoparticles that store and gradually release light, engineers create light-emitting plants that can be charged repeatedly.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~7 min

3D-printed rocket engines: the technology driving the private sector space race

The rocket engines that lauched Apollo 11 towards the moon had 5,600 parts each. 3D-printed equivalents have just 40.

Oliver Hitchens, PhD Candidate, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Concrete’s role in reducing building and pavement emissions

MIT researchers find emissions of U.S. buildings and pavements can be reduced by around 50 percent even as concrete use increases.

Andrew Logan | MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
Sept. 16, 2021 ~11 min

New programmable gene editing proteins found outside of CRISPR systems

Researchers find RNA-guided enzymes are more diverse and widespread than previously believed.

Jennifer Michalowski | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
Sept. 15, 2021 ~6 min

Real-time drone intent monitoring could enable safer use of drones and prevent a repeat of 2018 Gatwick incident

Researchers have developed a real-time approach that can help prevent incidents like the large-scale disruption at London’s Gatwick Airport in 2018, where

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 15, 2021 ~6 min

Engineers create 3D-printed objects that sense how a user is interacting with them

Advance incorporates sensing directly into an object’s material, with applications for assistive technology and “intelligent” furniture.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 14, 2021 ~6 min

Researchers design sensors to rapidly detect plant hormones

SMART nanosensors are safer and less tedious than existing techniques for testing plants’ response to compounds such as herbicides.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Sept. 13, 2021 ~7 min

Engineers grow pancreatic “organoids” that mimic the real thing

Studying these organoids could help researchers develop and test new treatments for pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest types of cancer.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 13, 2021 ~7 min

How 'engagement' makes you vulnerable to manipulation and misinformation on social media

You have evolved to tap into the wisdom of the crowds. But on social media your cognitive biases can lead you astray.

Filippo Menczer, Luddy Distinguished Professor of Informatics and Computer Science, Indiana University • conversation
Sept. 10, 2021 ~9 min