Engineers use “DNA origami” to identify vaccine design rules

In lab tests, virus-like DNA structures coated with viral proteins provoke a strong immune response in human B cells.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 broad-institute ragon-institute vaccines research school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih materials-science-and-engineering dmse biological-engineering koch-institute

Engineers design a device that operates like a brain synapse

Ion-based technology may enable energy-efficient simulations of the brain’s learning process, for neural network AI systems.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Study unveils details of how a widely used catalyst splits water

“Gold standard” material for generating oxygen from water divulges its molecular mechanisms.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: chemistry research school-of-engineering research-laboratory-of-electronics materials-science-and-engineering dmse mit-energy-initiative energy-storage

3 Questions: The rapidly unfolding future of smart fabrics

Soon, your clothes may be able to monitor your vital signs, analyze the results, and warn you of health risks.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electronics research school-of-engineering innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs 3-questions materials-science-and-engineering dmse

Dirty carbon reveals a sophisticated side

Coal could someday be used to make a variety of useful devices, researchers suggest.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 27, 2020 ~7 min

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Researchers achieve remote control of hormone release

Using magnetic nanoparticles, scientists stimulate the adrenal gland in rodents to control release of hormones linked to stress.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: mental-health research school-of-engineering school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences research-laboratory-of-electronics nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse mcgovern-institute

Technique reveals how crystals form on surfaces

DNA-based self-assembling system sheds light on processes essential for semiconductors and nanotechnology.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 1, 2020 ~5 min

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