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

3 Questions: How to control biofilms in space

MIT and University of Colorado researchers are collaborating on an experiment to be sent to the International Space Station.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 1, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research microbes nanoscience-and-nanotechnology mechanical-engineering surface-engineering nasa materials-science-and-engineering 3-questions faculty students graduate postdoctoral school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

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   

Tags: research mechanical-engineering institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering bioinspiration national-science-foundation-nsf medicine health-sciences-and-technology

System provides cooling with no electricity

Passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.

David Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 30, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering misti renewable-energy sustainability department-of-energy-doe school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

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

Students present mechanical engineering projects that have global impact

At the sixth annual Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition, graduate students and postdocs sharpen their communication and presentation skills.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering | Oct. 29, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering biological-engineering graduate postdoctoral students education teaching academics community agriculture desalination j-wafs alumniae invention special-events-and-guest-speakers research

Pushy robots learn the fundamentals of object manipulation

Systems “learn” from novel dataset that captures how pushed objects move, to improve their physical interactions with new objects.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research computer-science-and-technology algorithms robots robotics data machine-learning computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail mechanical-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering

Cell stiffness may indicate whether tumors will invade

Study shows tumors with softer, larger cells at their periphery are more likely to spread; may suggest new route for cancer therapy.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: biological-engineering biology cancer drug-delivery disease mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering medicine health-sciences-and-technology

Giving robots a faster grasp

An algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects, for picking and sorting, or tool use.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 17, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail algorithms manufacturing mechanical-engineering research robots robotics school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf

“Electroadhesive” stamp picks up and puts down microscopic structures

New technique could enable assembly of circuit boards and displays with more minute components.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 11, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: carbon-nanotubes electronics mechanical-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology research school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf

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