System provides cooling with no electricity

Passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.

David Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 30, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering misti renewable-energy sustainability department-of-energy-doe school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Two-legged robot mimics human balance while running and jumping

New control system may enable humanoid robots to do heavy lifting and other physically demanding tasks.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 30, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering robots robotics computer-modeling

Self-transforming robot blocks jump, spin, flip, and identify each other

Developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, robots can self-assemble to form various structures with applications including disaster relief.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL | Oct. 30, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail robots robotics electrical-engineering-and-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering research algorithms distributed-robotics-laboratory artificial-intelligence computer-science-and-technology disaster-response national-science-foundation-nsf

Students present mechanical engineering projects that have global impact

At the sixth annual Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition, graduate students and postdocs sharpen their communication and presentation skills.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering | Oct. 29, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering biological-engineering graduate postdoctoral students education teaching academics community agriculture desalination j-wafs alumniae invention special-events-and-guest-speakers research


System prevents speedy drones from crashing in unfamiliar areas

Drones can fly at high speeds to a destination while keeping safe “backup” plans if things go awry.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | Oct. 25, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering school-of-engineering computer-science-and-technology algorithms autonomous-vehicles drones robots robotics computer-vision technology-and-society

MIT engineers develop a new way to remove carbon dioxide from air

The process could work on the gas at any concentrations, from power plant emissions to open air.

David Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 24, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research chemical-engineering school-of-engineering emissions carbon-nanotubes nanoscience-and-nanotechnology climate-change carbon-dioxide sustainability carbon greenhouse-gases

New process could make hydrogen peroxide available in remote places

MIT-developed method may lead to portable devices for making the disinfectant on-site where it’s needed.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 23, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research chemistry chemical-engeering water health developing-countries school-of-science school-of-engineering

New blood test could be used to help millions infected with TB

A team of researchers has developed a point-of-care TB test that costs only $2 and gives results in about 30 minutes, lowering the barrier to care in low-resource settings and potentially saving millions of lives.

Lindsay Brownell | Oct. 23, 2019 | harvard
~9 mins   

Tags: health-medicine active-tuberculosis atb brigham-and-womens-hospital broad-institute-of-harvard-and-mit tb tb-triage-test wyss-institute-for-biologically-inspired-engineering

Biologists build proteins that avoid crosstalk with existing molecules

Engineered signaling pathways could offer a new way to build synthetic biology circuits.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 23, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research biology proteins biological-engineering microbes bacteria school-of-science school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih

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