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   

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Flexible yet sturdy robot is designed to “grow” like a plant

Its extendable appendage can meander through tight spaces and then lift heavy loads.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Nov. 7, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: mechanical-engineering research robots robotics school-of-engineering bioinspiration

Double-sided tape for tissues could replace surgical sutures

New adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 30, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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“Nanofiber yarn” makes for stretchy, protective artificial tissue

Twisted fibers coated with living cells could assist healing of injured muscles and tendons.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | April 23, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: biological-engineering mechanical-engineering materials-science-and-engineering research school-of-engineering bioinspiration

Working out makes hydrogels perform more like muscle

Mechanical “training” produces strong, fatigue-resistant, yet soft hydrogels with possible uses in medicine.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent | April 22, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: mechanical-engineering research bioinspiration biomaterials medicine school-of-engineering

Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle

Unusual property of the ultrastrong material could be harnessed for twisting or pulling motions.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | March 1, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Engineers identify key to albatross’ marathon flight | MIT News

Flying in shallow arcs helps birds stay aloft with less effort.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 10, 2017
~8 mins |

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Our hairy insides | MIT News

Engineers predict how flowing fluid will bend tiny hairs that line blood vessels and intestines.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Aug. 21, 2017
~7 mins |

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Conch shells spill the secret to their toughness | MIT News

Three-tiered structure of these impact-resistant shells could inspire better helmets, body armor.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | May 26, 2017
~6 mins |

Tags:  research  school-of-engineering  civil-and-environmental-engineering  materials-science-and-engineering  bioinspiration

Worm-inspired material strengthens, changes shape in response to its environment | MIT News

A bio-inspired gel material developed at MIT could help engineers control movements of soft robots.

Carolyn Schmitt | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | March 20, 2017
~9 mins |

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