MIT engineers find a way to protect microbes from extreme conditions

By helping microbes withstand industrial processing, the method could make it easier to harness the benefits of microorganisms used as medicines and in agriculture.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
July 5, 2024 ~8 min

How to increase the rate of plastics recycling

A national bottle deposit fee could make a dramatic difference in reducing plastic waste, MIT researchers report.

David L. Chandler | MIT News • mit
July 3, 2024 ~7 min

The rules of the game

Rising superpowers like China are “cautious opportunists” in global institutions, and the U.S. should avoid overreaction, PhD student Raymond Wang argues.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
July 2, 2024 ~10 min

MIT researchers identify routes to stronger titanium alloys

The new design approach could be used to produce metals with exceptional combinations of strength and ductility, for aerospace and other applications.

David L. Chandler | MIT News • mit
July 2, 2024 ~5 min

Implantable microphone could lead to fully internal cochlear implants

This tiny, biocompatible sensor may overcome one of the biggest hurdles that prevent the devices from being completely implanted.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
July 2, 2024 ~9 min

A prosthesis driven by the nervous system helps people with amputation walk naturally

A new surgical procedure gives people more neural feedback from their residual limb. With it, seven patients walked more naturally and navigated obstacles.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
July 1, 2024 ~9 min

Scientists observe record-setting electron mobility in a new crystal film

The newly synthesized material could be the basis for wearable thermoelectric and spintronic devices.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
July 1, 2024 ~9 min

Study reveals why AI models that analyze medical images can be biased

These models, which can predict a patient’s race, gender, and age, seem to use those traits as shortcuts when making medical diagnoses.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
June 28, 2024 ~9 min

CHARMed collaboration creates a potent therapy candidate for fatal prion diseases

A new gene-silencing tool shows promise as a future therapy against prion diseases and paves the way for new approaches to treating disease.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute • mit
June 27, 2024 ~12 min

Scientists use computational modeling to guide a difficult chemical synthesis

Using this new approach, researchers could develop drug compounds with unique pharmaceutical properties.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
June 27, 2024 ~7 min