Researchers design long-lasting, solid-state lithium battery

Harvard researchers have designed a stable, lithium-metal, solid-state battery that is far more efficient than lithium-ion batteries.

Leah Burrows • harvard
yesterday ~6 min

Anesthesia doesn't simply turn off the brain — it changes its rhythms

Simultaneous measurement of neural rhythms and spikes across five brain areas reveals how propofol induces unconsciousness.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
May 11, 2021 ~6 min

New system cleans messy data tables automatically

With just 50 lines of code, the program spots and fixes likely errors.

Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences • mit
May 11, 2021 ~11 min

A comprehensive map of the SARS-CoV-2 genome

MIT researchers have determined the virus’ protein-coding gene set and analyzed new mutations’ likelihood of helping the virus adapt.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 11, 2021 ~8 min

A new era of spaceflight? Promising advances in rocket propulsion

Three private companies have recently been commissioned to develop nuclear fission thermal rockets for use in orbit around the Moon.

Ian Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
May 10, 2021 ~8 min

Saving the radome

Student-led efforts preserve iconic campus landmark for future generations of education and research.

Sara Cody | Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics • mit
May 7, 2021 ~7 min

A robot that can help you untangle your hair

Robotic arm equipped with a hairbrush helps with brushing tasks and could be an asset in assistive-care settings.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
May 5, 2021 ~6 min

Nano flashlight enables new applications of light

Design of miniature optical systems could lead to future cell phones that can detect viruses and more.

Elizabeth A. Thomson | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
May 4, 2021 ~6 min

With a zap of light, system switches objects’ colors and patterns

“Programmable matter” technique could enable product designers to churn out prototypes with ease.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2021 ~5 min

On course to create a fusion power plant

How an MIT engineering course became an incubator for fusion design innovations.

Paul Rivenberg | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
April 29, 2021 ~8 min