Self-assembling proteins can store cellular “memories”

Using these engineered proteins, researchers can record histories that reveal when certain genes are activated or how cells respond to a drug.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 2, 2023 ~6 min

Five human technologies inspired by nature – from velcro to racing cars

Humans often look to nature for the solutions to complex problems – here are five times where biological processes have inspired innovation.

Amin Al-Habaibeh, Professor of Intelligent Engineering Systems, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Dec. 30, 2022 ~7 min

New tool can assist with identifying carbohydrate-binding proteins

Groundbreaking research can help alleviate the challenges affiliated with studying carbohydrates.

Danielle Randall Doughty | Department of Chemistry • mit
Dec. 22, 2022 ~5 min

New sensor uses MRI to detect light deep in the brain

Using this approach, researchers can map how light spreads in opaque environments.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 22, 2022 ~7 min

This is your brain. This is your brain on code

MIT researchers are discovering which parts of the brain are engaged when a person evaluates a computer program.

Steve Nadis | MIT CSAIL • mit
Dec. 21, 2022 ~9 min

MIT’s top research stories of 2022

Popular stories this year covered the detection of radio signals from space, a new battery design, immigrants’ entrepreneurial activity, and more.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 21, 2022 ~5 min

MIT scientists contribute to National Ignition Facility fusion milestone

Unique PSFC-designed spectrometer provides crucial data about the implosion that yielded an historic fusion energy gain.

Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Dec. 19, 2022 ~4 min

Subtle biases in AI can influence emergency decisions

But the harm from a discriminatory AI system can be minimized if the advice it delivers is properly framed, an MIT team has shown.

Steve Nadis | MIT CSAIL • mit
Dec. 16, 2022 ~8 min

Nuclear fusion may still be decades away, but the latest breakthrough could speed up its development

A US national lab has proved we can the fusion process can be used to produce energy, but it’s just the first step in a very long process.

Gianluca Gregori, Professor of Physics, University of Oxford • conversation
Dec. 15, 2022 ~6 min

Microparticles could help prevent vitamin A deficiency

Fortifying foods with new polymer particles containing vitamin A could promote better vision and health for millions of people.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 12, 2022 ~7 min