Curved origami offers a creative route to making robots and other mechanical devices

Curved origami isn't just elegant art. It's also a versatile way to vary the amount of force applied by robots and other machines.

Zirui Zhai, Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University • conversation
Nov. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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System can sterilize medical tools using solar heat

Device could provide pressurized steam to run autoclaves without the need for electricity in off-grid areas.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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Solar-powered system extracts drinkable water from “dry” air

MIT engineers have made their initial design more practical, efficient, and scalable.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 14, 2020 ~7 min

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To make mini-organs grow faster, give them a squeeze

Study finds that compressing cells, and crowding their contents, can coax them to grow and divide.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~7 min

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Robot takes contact-free measurements of patients’ vital signs

Mobile system could reduce health care workers’ exposure to Covid-19 virus.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 31, 2020 ~6 min

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Synthetic coating for the GI tract could deliver drugs or aid in digestion

MIT engineers devise a temporary film that may help treat diabetes, infections, and other conditions.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 26, 2020 ~6 min

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Syringe technology could enable injection of concentrated biologic drugs

Researchers have designed a simple, low-cost device for subcutaneous injection of viscous formulations.

Michaela Jarvis | MIT News correspondent • mit
Aug. 24, 2020 ~7 min

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