Scientists develop an affordable sensor for lead contamination

The chip-scale device could provide sensitive detection of lead levels in drinking water, whose toxicity affects 240 million people worldwide.

David L. Chandler | MIT News • mit
May 14, 2024 ~7 min

Engineering mini human hearts to study pregnancy complications and birth defects

Human heart organoids allow researchers to study the developing heart while avoiding the ethical issues of using human embryos and the imperfections of animal models.

Aleksandra Kostina, Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Health Sciences and Engineering, Michigan State University • conversation
May 10, 2024 ~8 min

Using MRI, engineers have found a way to detect light deep in the brain

The new technique could enable detailed studies of how brain cells develop and communicate with each other.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
May 10, 2024 ~6 min

A better way to control shape-shifting soft robots

A new algorithm learns to squish, bend, or stretch a robot’s entire body to accomplish diverse tasks like avoiding obstacles or retrieving items.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
May 10, 2024 ~7 min

New treatment could reverse hair loss caused by an autoimmune skin disease

A microneedle patch that delivers immune-regulating molecules can teach T cells not to attack hair follicles, helping hair to regrow.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
May 9, 2024 ~7 min

‘Wraparound’ implants represent new approach to treating spinal cord injuries

A tiny, flexible electronic device that wraps around the spinal cord could represent a new approach to the treatment of spinal injuries, which can cause

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 8, 2024 ~7 min

Two MIT PhD students awarded J-WAFS fellowships for their research on water

Jonathan Bessette and Akash Ball have been named 2024-25 J-WAFS Fellows for water treatment technologies.

Jiaqi Zhang | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab • mit
May 7, 2024 ~9 min

Exploring the mysterious alphabet of sperm whales

MIT CSAIL and Project CETI researchers reveal complex communication patterns in sperm whales, deepening our understanding of animal language systems.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
May 7, 2024 ~8 min

This sound-suppressing silk can create quiet spaces

Researchers engineered a hair-thin fabric to create a lightweight, compact, and efficient mechanism to reduce noise transmission in a large room.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
May 7, 2024 ~8 min

HPI-MIT design research collaboration creates powerful teams

Together, the Hasso Plattner Institute and MIT are working toward novel solutions to the world’s problems as part of the Designing for Sustainability research program.

MIT Morningside Academy for Design • mit
May 3, 2024 ~15 min