Five MIT payloads deployed on the International Space Station

A cohort of transdisciplinary researchers will study the effects of sustained microgravity.

Janine Liberty | MIT Media Lab • mit
March 25, 2020 ~8 min

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Using math to blend musical notes seamlessly

Algorithm enables one audio signal to glide into another, recreating the “portamento” effect of some musical instruments.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 27, 2019 ~7 min

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MIT engineers develop “blackest black” material to date

Made from carbon nanotubes, the new coating is 10 times darker than other very black materials.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 12, 2019 ~7 min

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Objects can now change colors like a chameleon

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory team creates new reprogrammable ink that lets objects change colors using light.

Rachel Gordon | CSAIL • mit
Sept. 10, 2019 ~6 min

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Translating proteins into music, and back

By turning molecular structures into sounds, researchers gain insight into protein structures and create new variations.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 26, 2019 ~8 min

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The politics of ugly buildings

In new book, MIT’s Timothy Hyde looks at the architectural controversies that have helped shape Britain.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 24, 2019 ~7 min

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Ambient plant illumination could light the way for greener buildings

Collaboration between MIT architect and chemical engineer could be at the center of new sustainable infrastructure for buildings.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent • mit
May 9, 2019 ~9 min

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Six suborbital research payloads from MIT fly to space and back

Space Exploration Initiative research aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard experiment capsule crossed the Karman line for three minutes of sustained microgravity.

Stephanie Strom | MIT Media Lab • mit
May 3, 2019 ~9 min

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