Four Cambridge researchers awarded prestigious European Research Council Advanced Grants

The funding provides leading senior researchers with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, curiosity-driven projects that could lead to major scientific

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 11, 2024 ~6 min

With inspiration from “Tetris,” MIT researchers develop a better radiation detector

The device, based on simple tetromino shapes, could determine the direction and distance of a radiation source, with fewer detector pixels.

David L. Chandler | MIT News • mit
April 10, 2024 ~7 min

A faster, better way to prevent an AI chatbot from giving toxic responses

Researchers create a curious machine-learning model that finds a wider variety of prompts for training a chatbot to avoid hateful or harmful output.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
April 10, 2024 ~8 min

When an antibiotic fails: MIT scientists are using AI to target “sleeper” bacteria

Most antibiotics target metabolically active bacteria, but with artificial intelligence, researchers can efficiently screen compounds that are lethal to dormant microbes.

Alex Ouyang | Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health • mit
April 8, 2024 ~4 min

MIT engineers design flexible “skeletons” for soft, muscle-powered robots

New modular, spring-like devices maximize the work of live muscle fibers so they can be harnessed to power biohybrid bots.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
April 8, 2024 ~8 min

This 3D printer can figure out how to print with an unknown material

The advance could help make 3D printing more sustainable, enabling printing with renewable or recyclable materials that are difficult to characterize.

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

Reevaluating an approach to functional brain imaging

An MRI method purported to detect neurons’ rapid impulses produces its own misleading signals instead, an MIT study finds.

Jennifer Michalowski | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
April 4, 2024 ~6 min

Propelling atomically layered magnets toward green computers

MIT scientists have tackled key obstacles to bringing 2D magnetic materials into practical use, setting the stage for the next generation of energy-efficient computers.

Media Lab • mit
April 4, 2024 ~7 min

Climate engineering carries serious national security risks − countries facing extreme heat may try it anyway, and the world needs to be prepared

The big question: Would climate engineering like sending reflective particles into the stratosphere or brightening clouds help reduce the national security risks of climate change or make them worse?

Tyler Felgenhauer, Research Scientist in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University • conversation
April 4, 2024 ~9 min

Unlocking new science with devices that control electric power

Seron Electronics, founded by Mo Mirvakili PhD ’17, makes research equipment with applications including microelectronics, clean energy, optics, biomedicine, and beyond.

Zach Winn | MIT News • mit
April 4, 2024 ~6 min