Low-cost “smart” diaper can notify caregiver when it’s wet

Design combines a common diaper material with RFID technology.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Feb. 13, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: assistive-technology mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering technology-and-society health-science-and-technology

Bubble-capturing surface helps get rid of foam

Bubbly buildup can hinder many industrial processes, but a new method can reduce or even eliminate it.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Feb. 11, 2020 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering surface-engineering

Simple, solar-powered water desalination

System achieves new level of efficiency in harnessing sunlight to make fresh potable water from seawater.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Feb. 6, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: mechanical-engineering research renewable-energy water solar desalination school-of-engineering

Engineers mix and match materials to make new stretchy electronics

Next-generation devices made with new “peel and stack” method may include electronic chips worn on the skin.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Feb. 5, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: electronics graphene mechanical-engineering research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse school-of-engineering

For cheaper solar cells, thinner really is better

Solar panel costs have dropped lately, but slimming down silicon wafers could lead to even lower costs and faster industry expansion.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Jan. 26, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research school-of-engineering energy solar nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering mechanical-engineering renewable-energy alternative-energy sustainability mit-energy-initiative climate-change department-of-energy-doe

Ingestible medical devices can be broken down with light

New light-sensitive material could eliminate some of the endoscopic procedures needed to remove gastrointestinal devices.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Jan. 17, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research medicine mechanical-engineering chemical-engineering koch-institute school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih health-sciences-and-technology

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