Neural networks facilitate optimization in the search for new materials

Sorting through millions of possibilities, a search for battery materials delivered results in five weeks instead of 50 years.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
March 26, 2020 | mit

~8 mins

Tags: research machine-learning batteries metals chemical-engineering school-of-engineering artificial-intelligence materials-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe defense-advanced-research-projects-agency-darpa

Bacteria used CRISPR way before humans did

"We humans have only recently begun to exploit nature's CRISPR-Cas systems, but as it turns out, we are not the first."

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: science-and-technology antibiotics bacteria competition drug-resistance genetic-engineering immune-systems parasites


Insecticide-making cotton actually boosted pesticide use in India

Thanks to genetically modified Bt cotton, "farmers in India are spending more on seeds, more on fertilizer, and more on insecticides."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: earth-and-environment crops farmers genetic-engineering india insects money pesticides

Coronavirus: why we need to consult engineers as well as scientists for solutions

Engineers may be able to develop new ways of opening doors or better and mass-produced face masks for the elderly.

Adam Cooper, Lecturer in Policy Research and Practice, UCL
March 25, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins

Tags: engineering science-policy expertise coronavirus-2020

Coronavirus: why did we shut down society without consulting engineers for other solutions first?

Engineers may be able to develop new ways of opening doors or better and mass-produced face masks for the elderly.

Adam Cooper, Lecturer in Policy Research and Practice, UCL
March 25, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins

Tags: engineering science-policy expertise coronavirus-2020

A stopgap measure to treat respiratory distress

Repurposing a drug used for blood clots may help Covid-19 patients in danger of respiratory failure, researchers suggest.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
March 24, 2020 | mit

~7 mins

Tags: research medicine koch-institute biology biological-engineering school-of-science school-of-engineering covid-19 pandemic disease viruses

Thank you for your patients

An unusual synergy between cancer researchers, clinical centers, and industry leads to promising clinical trials for a new combination therapy for prostate cancer.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute
March 23, 2020 | mit

~7 mins

Tags: koch-institute school-of-engineering school-of-science biology biological-engineering research medicine cancer

System trains driverless cars in simulation before they hit the road

Using a photorealistic simulation engine, vehicles learn to drive in the real world and recover from near-crash scenarios.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
March 23, 2020 | mit

~9 mins

Tags: research computer-science-and-technology algorithms computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering

How to get conductive gels to stick when wet

A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
March 20, 2020 | mit

~6 mins

Tags: research mechanical-engineering institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering bioinspiration national-science-foundation-nsf civil-and-environmental-engineering

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