Social media messages from health care workers help reduce travel-related Covid-19 spread

Large-scale video campaign allowed physicians and public health messengers to encourage staying home over the 2020 holidays.

J-PAL North America • mit
Aug. 23, 2021 ~4 min

Countering climate change with cool pavements

Researchers affiliated with the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub find that paving material selection could mitigate extreme heat and greenhouse gas emissions.

Andrew Logan | MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub • mit
Aug. 22, 2021 ~10 min

Smart laser cutter system detects different materials

“SensiCut,” a smart material-sensing platform for laser cutters, can differentiate between 30 materials commonly found in makerspaces and workshops.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Aug. 19, 2021 ~5 min

Scientists harness human protein to deliver molecular medicines to cells

Made of components found in the human body, the programmable system is a step toward safer, targeted delivery of gene editing and other molecular therapeutics.

Broad Institute • mit
Aug. 19, 2021 ~8 min

A peculiar state of matter in layers of semiconductors

In a study that could benefit quantum computing, researchers show a superlattice embedded with nanodots may be immune from dissipating energy to the environment.

Matthew Hutson | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Aug. 19, 2021 ~6 min

Magnets could offer better control of prosthetic limbs

System uses tiny magnetic beads to rapidly measure the position of muscles and relay that information to a bionic prosthesis.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 18, 2021 ~6 min

High-speed camera captures a water jet’s splashy impact as it pierces a droplet

The results may help engineers develop a way to inject drugs without needles.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 18, 2021 ~7 min

Inflatable robotic hand gives amputees real-time tactile control

Prosthetic enables a wide range of daily activities, such as zipping a suitcase, shaking hands, and petting a cat.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 16, 2021 ~7 min

Study provides suggestions for keeping classroom air fresh

MIT team looks at classroom configurations and offers modifications to enhance safety during Covid-19 pandemic.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 13, 2021 ~10 min

Why boiling droplets can race across hot oily surfaces

The commonplace phenomenon, now quantified for the first time, could be harnessed for many useful applications.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 12, 2021 ~7 min