System trains driverless cars in simulation before they hit the road

Using a photorealistic simulation engine, vehicles learn to drive in the real world and recover from near-crash scenarios.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
March 23, 2020 | mit

~9 mins

Tags: research computer-science-and-technology algorithms computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering

How to get conductive gels to stick when wet

A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
March 20, 2020 | mit

~6 mins

Tags: research mechanical-engineering institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering bioinspiration national-science-foundation-nsf civil-and-environmental-engineering

A business edge that comes with age

Economist Pierre Azoulay answers three questions about his finding that middle-aged entrepreneurs fare better than twentysomethings.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office
March 19, 2020 | mit

~4 mins

Tags: sloan-school-of-management business-and-management entrepreneurship economics research faculty 3-questions

Staring into the vortex

MIT researchers describe factors governing how oceans and atmospheres move heat around on Earth and other planetary bodies.

EAPS
March 19, 2020 | mit

~8 mins

Tags: eaps school-of-science climate climate-change environment water sustainability research ocean-science oceanography-and-ocean-engineering fluid-dynamics weather earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Fusion researchers endorse push for pilot power plant in US

Fusion energy community makes unified statement on priorities in report for Department of Energy Policy Advisory Group.

Peter Dunn | Plasma Science and Fusion Center
March 18, 2020 | mit

~9 mins

Tags: plasma-science-and-fusion-center materials-science-and-engineering research fusion alternative-energy renewable-energy energy industry physics department-of-energy-doe policy nuclear-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering school-of-science

New sensor could help prevent food waste

Monitoring the plant hormone ethylene could reveal when fruits and vegetables are about to spoil.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
March 18, 2020 | mit

~7 mins

Tags: research chemistry carbon-nanotubes food agriculture school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf nanoscience-and-nanotechnology

“Inactive” pill ingredients could raise the dose of your medication

With help from artificial intelligence, researchers identify hidden power of vitamin A and ordinary chewing gum glaze.

Kim Martineau | MIT Quest for Intelligence
March 17, 2020 | mit

~8 mins

Tags: quest-for-intelligence mechanical-engineering koch-institute mit-ibm-watson-ai-lab research pharmaceuticals disease machine-learning artificial-intelligence algorithms medicine health-care school-of-engineering

Emissions of several ozone-depleting chemicals are larger than expected

Recovering and safely destroying the sources of these chemicals could speed ozone recovery and reduce climate change.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
March 17, 2020 | mit

~9 mins

Tags: chemistry climate-change eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences emissions environment pollution global-warming sustainability greenhouse-gases research school-of-science

Bacterial enzyme could become a new target for antibiotics

Scientists discover the structure of an enzyme, found in the human gut, that breaks down a component of collagen.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
March 17, 2020 | mit

~6 mins

Tags: research biology chemistry microbes school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf

Deep learning for mechanical property evaluation

New technique allows for more precise measurements of deformation characteristics using nanoindentation tools.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
March 16, 2020 | mit

~8 mins

Tags: materials-science-and-engineering dmse school-of-engineering research artificial-intelligence machine-learning department-of-energy-doe

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