Coated seeds may enable agriculture on marginal lands

A specialized silk covering could protect seeds from salinity while also providing fertilizer-generating microbes.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 25, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: plants research civil-and-environmental-engineering agriculture sustainability developing-countries food microbes bacteria school-of-engineering

Microbial cooperation at the micron scale impacts biodegradation

MIT researchers demonstrate how often-ignored microbial interactions have a significant impact on the biodegradation of complex materials.

Maria Iacobo | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Nov. 15, 2019 | mit
~3 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering school-of-engineering ecology climate-change research microbes carbon biology

New tools could improve the way cement seals oil wells

Techniques for observing concrete as it sets could facilitate the development of new cements.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 12, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering environment materials-science-and-engineering research school-of-engineering sustainability oil-and-gas emissions

Engineers put Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge design to the test

Proposed bridge would have been the world’s longest at the time; new analysis shows it would have worked.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 9, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering materials-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering architecture history school-of-architecture-and-planning research 3-d-printing

Tracing the origins of air pollutants in India

MIT researchers employ low-cost sensors to detect and track the origins of air pollutants in India.

Fatima Husain | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering | Sept. 30, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering chemical-engineering school-of-engineering emissions environment india research

New approach suggests path to emissions-free cement

MIT researchers find a way to eliminate carbon emissions from cement production — a major global source of greenhouse gases.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Sept. 16, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: cement research school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse civil-and-environmental-engineering energy emissions sustainability cities concrete climate-change greenhouse-gases manufacturing

How to make a book last for millennia

Study of Dead Sea Scroll sheds light on a lost ancient parchment-making technology.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Sept. 6, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: research civil-and-environmental-engineering school-of-engineering anthropology materials-science-and-engineering middle-east history

A comprehensive catalogue of human digestive tract bacteria

Researchers identify nearly 8,000 strains of bacteria, while also clarifying their genetic and metabolic context.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Sept. 2, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research biological-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering microbes basteria health genetics broad-institute school-of-engineering

Robotic thread is designed to slip through the brain’s blood vessels

Magnetically controlled device could deliver clot-reducing therapies in response to stroke or other brain blockages.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Aug. 28, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: bioengineering-and-biotechnology brain-and-cognitive-sciences civil-and-environmental-engineering drug-delivery mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf

Study: Climate change could pose danger for Muslim pilgrimage

When the Hajj comes in summertime, in some years it may not be safe for participants to remain outdoors.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Aug. 22, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research climate-change religion health global-warming middle-east climate civil-and-environmental-engineering school-of-engineering

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