Study: To slow an epidemic, focus on handwashing

Improving the rate of handwashing at just 10 major airports could significantly slow the spread of a viral disease, researchers estimate.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Feb. 6, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research public-health civil-and-environmental-engineering disease health transportation influenza misti school-of-engineering school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Big step toward identifying all cancer-causing genetic mutations

An international team of 1,300 scientists has generated the most complete cancer genome map to date, bringing researchers closer to identifying all major cancer-causing genetic mutations.

Stephanie McPherson | Feb. 5, 2020 | harvard
~12 mins   

Tags: science-technology basic-research bioengineering broad-institute-of-mit-and-harvard cancer-genome-map cancer-causing-genetic-mutations engineering icgctcga-pan-cancer-analysis-of-whole-genomes-project pan-cancer-project whole-cancer-genomes

Decarbonizing the making of consumer products

Researchers are devising new methods of synthesizing chemicals used in goods from clothing, detergents, and antifreeze to pharmaceuticals and plastics.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative | Feb. 5, 2020 | mit
~15 mins   

Tags: mit-energy-initiative chemical-engineering research energy emissions manufacturing school-of-engineering industry carbon

Engineers mix and match materials to make new stretchy electronics

Next-generation devices made with new “peel and stack” method may include electronic chips worn on the skin.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Feb. 5, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: electronics graphene mechanical-engineering research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse school-of-engineering

Improving pavement networks by predicting the future

CSHub researchers have developed a pavement maintenance model that considers future uncertainties to improve performance and lower cost.

Andrew Logan | Concrete Sustainability Hub | Feb. 5, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: concrete-sustainability-hub infrastructure transportation research civil-and-environmental-engineering school-of-engineering

Adding iron to wheat could fight ‘hidden hunger’

Biofortification of wheat shows promise for addressing "hidden hunger," a lack of essential vitamins and minerals in the human diet.

Nerissa Hannink-Melbourne | Feb. 5, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine agriculture food genetic-engineering iron plants wheat zinc

How to tackle depression in Japan?

CCI and Takeda collaborate on a theoretical approach leveraging networks of people and machines in support of individuals experiencing depression.

Annalyn Bachmann | Center for Collective Intelligence | Feb. 4, 2020 | mit
~3 mins   

Tags: research depression disease systems-engineering center-for-collective-intelligence industry collaboration health-care technology-and-society apps mental-health

New electrode design may lead to more powerful batteries

An MIT team has devised a lithium metal anode that could improve the longevity and energy density of future batteries.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Feb. 3, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research research-laboratory-of-electronics nuclear-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse batteries energy-storage energy national-science-foundation-nsf nanoscience-and-nanotechnology

A smart surface for smart devices

External system improves phones’ signal strength 1,000 percent, without requiring extra antennas.

Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL | Feb. 3, 2020 | mit
~4 mins   

Tags: computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail electrical-engineering-and-computer-science-eecs research school-of-engineering wireless internet-of-things data mobile-devices internet networks

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