New programmable gene editing proteins found outside of CRISPR systems

Researchers find RNA-guided enzymes are more diverse and widespread than previously believed.

Jennifer Michalowski | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
yesterday ~6 min

3 Questions: Daniel Cohn on the benefits of high-efficiency, flexible-fuel engines for heavy-duty trucking

MIT researchers propose a gasoline-ethanol engine that is cleaner and more cost-effective than existing diesel engine technologies to help meet vehicle emission reduction goals.

MIT Energy Initiative • mit
yesterday ~10 min

Study: As a population gets older, automation accelerates

Economists find companies’ adoption of robots is partly due to shortages in middle-aged labor.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~7 min

Engineers create 3D-printed objects that sense how a user is interacting with them

Advance incorporates sensing directly into an object’s material, with applications for assistive technology and “intelligent” furniture.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 14, 2021 ~6 min

Researchers design sensors to rapidly detect plant hormones

SMART nanosensors are safer and less tedious than existing techniques for testing plants’ response to compounds such as herbicides.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Sept. 13, 2021 ~7 min

Engineers grow pancreatic “organoids” that mimic the real thing

Studying these organoids could help researchers develop and test new treatments for pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest types of cancer.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 13, 2021 ~7 min

A universal system for decoding any type of data sent across a network

New chip eliminates the need for specific decoding hardware, could boost efficiency of gaming systems, 5G networks, the internet of things, and more.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 9, 2021 ~7 min

MIT-designed project achieves major advance toward fusion energy

New superconducting magnet breaks magnetic field strength records, paving the way for practical, commercial, carbon-free power.

David Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 8, 2021 ~12 min

Making catalytic surfaces more active to help decarbonize fuels and chemicals

A new approach increases the efficiency of chemical reactions that are key to many industrial processes.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 7, 2021 ~6 min

Astronomers nail down the origins of rare loner dwarf galaxies

The results provide a blueprint for finding such systems in the universe’s quieter, emptier regions.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 6, 2021 ~7 min