A peculiar state of matter in layers of semiconductors

In a study that could benefit quantum computing, researchers show a superlattice embedded with nanodots may be immune from dissipating energy to the environment.

Matthew Hutson | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Aug. 19, 2021 ~6 min

Fish fins are teaching us the secret to flexible robots and new shape-changing materials

Fish fins are extremely flexible yet also strong. A special segmented fin design is the key to this useful combination of properties and could inspire new morphing materials.

Francois Barthelat, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Aug. 18, 2021 ~6 min

High-speed camera captures a water jet’s splashy impact as it pierces a droplet

The results may help engineers develop a way to inject drugs without needles.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 18, 2021 ~7 min

Inflatable robotic hand gives amputees real-time tactile control

Prosthetic enables a wide range of daily activities, such as zipping a suitcase, shaking hands, and petting a cat.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 16, 2021 ~7 min

Study provides suggestions for keeping classroom air fresh

MIT team looks at classroom configurations and offers modifications to enhance safety during Covid-19 pandemic.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 13, 2021 ~10 min

Why boiling droplets can race across hot oily surfaces

The commonplace phenomenon, now quantified for the first time, could be harnessed for many useful applications.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 12, 2021 ~7 min

Female scientists set back by the pandemic may never make up lost time

Science is not egalitarian. Top researchers get more credit and funding than lesser-known scientists. The long-held practices creating inequality also amplify gender disparities that hold back women.

Kristina Lerman, Research Professor of Computer Science, University of Southern California • conversation
Aug. 12, 2021 ~8 min

Considering the spiderweb

After nearly a decade, an interdisciplinary collaboration to model a 3D spider web leads to many surprising results.

Anya Ventura | Center for Art, Science, and Technology • mit
Aug. 10, 2021 ~13 min

System trains drones to fly around obstacles at high speeds

New algorithm could enable fast, nimble drones for time-critical operations such as search and rescue.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 10, 2021 ~7 min

Machine learning discovers new sequences to boost drug delivery

MIT researchers employ machine learning to find powerful peptides that could improve a gene therapy drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

MIT Schwarzman College of Computing • mit
Aug. 10, 2021 ~8 min