Making data-informed Covid-19 testing plans

A new web-friendly modeling tool helps organizations build tailored Covid-19 testing strategies that can save money and reduce coronavirus spread.

Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society • mit
Dec. 15, 2020 ~7 min

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“SCOUT” helps researchers find, quantify significant differences among organoids

Unbiased, high-throughput analysis pipeline improves utility of “minibrains” for understanding development and diseases such as Zika infection.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Dec. 14, 2020 ~9 min

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An LED that can be integrated directly into computer chips

The advance could cut production costs and reduce the size of microelectronics for sensing and communication.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 14, 2020 ~7 min

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SpaceX Starship prototype exploded, but it's still a giant leap towards Mars

Starship's groundbreaking design will help it land safely on Mars one day.

Hugh Hunt, Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration, University of Cambridge • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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Model could help determine quarantine measures needed to reduce Covid-19’s spread

A key finding: Early reopening last spring led to a dramatic drop in “quarantine strength” in southern and west-central U.S. states.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 14, 2020 ~9 min

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SMART researchers engineer a plant-based sensor to monitor arsenic levels in soil

Nanoscale devices integrated into the leaves of living plants can detect the toxic heavy metal in real time.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Dec. 13, 2020 ~9 min

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A cool advance in thermoelectric conversion

A quantum effect in topological semimetals demonstrated by MIT researchers could allow for the utilization of an untapped energy source.

Steve Nadis | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Dec. 11, 2020 ~7 min

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Researchers find a better way to design metal alloys

System uses machine learning to analyze boundaries between crystal grains, allowing for selection of desired properties in a new metal.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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