Engineers produce a fisheye lens that’s completely flat

The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: light research school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse materials-research-laboratory augmented-and-virtual-reality computer-vision

Why shaving dulls even the sharpest of razors

Human hair is 50 times softer than steel, yet it can chip away a razor’s edge, a new study shows.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: imaging research metals school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse

Novel gas-capture approach advances nuclear fuel management

Multidisciplinary team uses metal organic frameworks to extract radioactive krypton from fuel-reprocessing gasses.

Peter Dunn | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
July 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: energy emissions research school-of-engineering collaboration national-science-foundation-nsf materials-science-and-engineering dmse nuclear-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe nuclear-power-and-reactors

A mechanical way to stimulate neurons

Magnetic nanodiscs can be activated by an external magnetic field, providing a research tool for studying neural responses.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
July 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: neuroscience research school-of-engineering school-of-science research-laboratory-of-electronics nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse mcgovern-institute defense-advanced-research-projects-agency-darpa department-of-defense-dod

A wizard of ultrasharp imaging

To oversee its new cutting-edge electron microscopy systems, MIT sought out Frances Ross’ industry-honed expertise.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
July 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: microscopy profile research school-of-engineering faculty nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse materials-research-laboratory mitnano 2-d

COMMANDing drug delivery

A new computational method fine-tunes delivery of therapeutics to specific brain regions.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
July 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: medicine neuroscience research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences materials-science-and-engineering dmse koch-institute mcgovern-institute drug-delivery



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

Tags: research school-of-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs quest-for-intelligence national-science-foundation-nsf nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse nuclear-science-and-engineering

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