Advance may enable “2D” transistors for tinier microchip components

Atomically thin materials are a promising alternative to silicon-based transistors; now researchers can connect them more efficiently to other chip elements.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
today ~6 min

Anesthesia doesn't simply turn off the brain — it changes its rhythms

Simultaneous measurement of neural rhythms and spikes across five brain areas reveals how propofol induces unconsciousness.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
May 11, 2021 ~6 min

New system cleans messy data tables automatically

With just 50 lines of code, the program spots and fixes likely errors.

Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences • mit
May 11, 2021 ~11 min

A comprehensive map of the SARS-CoV-2 genome

MIT researchers have determined the virus’ protein-coding gene set and analyzed new mutations’ likelihood of helping the virus adapt.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 11, 2021 ~8 min

Saving the radome

Student-led efforts preserve iconic campus landmark for future generations of education and research.

Sara Cody | Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics • mit
May 7, 2021 ~7 min

A robot that can help you untangle your hair

Robotic arm equipped with a hairbrush helps with brushing tasks and could be an asset in assistive-care settings.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
May 5, 2021 ~6 min

Biologists discover a trigger for cell extrusion

Study suggests this process for eliminating unneeded cells may also protect against cancer.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 5, 2021 ~7 min

Nano flashlight enables new applications of light

Design of miniature optical systems could lead to future cell phones that can detect viruses and more.

Elizabeth A. Thomson | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
May 4, 2021 ~6 min

With a zap of light, system switches objects’ colors and patterns

“Programmable matter” technique could enable product designers to churn out prototypes with ease.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2021 ~5 min

Can US states afford to meet net-zero emissions targets by 2050?

In the Northeast, Canadian hydropower could make it so.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
May 3, 2021 ~4 min