The billion-year belch

Michael Calzadilla and colleagues describe a violent black hole outburst that provides new insight into galaxy cluster evolution.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Dec. 23, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: school-of-science kavli-institute physics astronomy astrophysics black-holes space astronomy-and-planetary-science research

Widening metal tolerance for hydrogels

MIT graduate student Seth Cazzell shows controlling pH enables reversible hydrogel formation in wider range of metal concentrations.

Denis Paiste | Materials Research Laboratory | Dec. 23, 2019 | mit
~4 mins   

Tags: materials-research-laboratory materials-science-and-engineering hydrogels metals dmse research bioinspiration school-of-engineering

SMART and NTU researchers design polymer that can kill drug-resistant bacteria

Polymer may pave the way for drugs to which bacteria are significantly less resistant, a breakthrough that could save hundreds of thousands of lives per year.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology | Dec. 20, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart antibiotics medicine polymers research microbes

Researchers produce first laser ultrasound images of humans

Technique may help remotely image and assess health of infants, burn victims, and accident survivors in hard-to-reach places.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 19, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes lincoln-laboratory mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering health-sciences-and-technology imaging medical-devices

A new way to remove contaminants from nuclear wastewater

Method concentrates radionuclides in a small portion of a nuclear plant’s wastewater, allowing the rest to be recycled.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Dec. 19, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research school-of-engineering chemical-engineering energy water desalination mathematics nuclear-science-and-engineering


Storing medical information below the skin’s surface

Specialized dye, delivered along with a vaccine, could enable “on-patient” storage of vaccination history.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 18, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research chemical-engineering vaccines koch-institute school-of-engineering health-science-and-technology medicine developing-countries quantum-dots

Study may explain how infections reduce autism symptoms

An immune molecule sometimes produced during infection can influence the social behavior of mice.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 18, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute school-of-science autism national-science-foundation-nsf

Building a platform to image membrane proteins

Biologists devise an efficient method to prepare fluorescently tagged proteins and simulate their native environment.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology | Dec. 18, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: biology chemistry school-of-science bacteria disease research drug-development cells

A sign that aliens could stink

A molecule that’s known for its smelly and poisonous nature on Earth may be a sure-fire sign of extraterrestrial life.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 18, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics biology chemistry eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences kavli-institute planetary-science research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

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