How strong is your knot?

With help from spaghetti and color-changing fibers, a new mathematical model predicts a knot’s stability.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 2, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: computer-modeling mathematics mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf

Two-legged robot mimics human balance while running and jumping

New control system may enable humanoid robots to do heavy lifting and other physically demanding tasks.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 30, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering robots robotics computer-modeling

Putting the “bang” in the Big Bang

Physicists simulate critical “reheating” period that kickstarted the Big Bang in the universe’s first fractions of a second.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 24, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: astrophysics computer-modeling physics cosmic-inflation research program-in-sts national-science-foundation-nsf school-of-science school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences department-of-energy-doe

Oobleck’s weird behavior is now predictable

MIT engineers develop a model that predicts how the cornstarch-water mixture turns from liquid to solid, and back again.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 5, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: computer-modeling fluid-dynamics mechanical-engineering materials-science-and-engineering research school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf

From micro to macro

Insights on the formation of particle networks hold potential for engineering new and improved materials.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Chemical Engineering | May 21, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: chemical-engineering school-of-engineering computer-modeling composite-materials concrete research materials-science-and-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf

Predicting sequence from structure

Researchers have devised a faster, more efficient way to design custom peptides and perturb protein-protein interactions.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology | Feb. 15, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: school-of-science biology biological-engineering cancer computer-modeling data disease drug-delivery health research proteins

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