Engineers 3D print soft, rubbery brain implants

Technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
March 30, 2020 | mit

~9 mins

Tags: 3-d-printing biological-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering electronics mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering neuroscience brain-and-cognitive-sciences

How to get conductive gels to stick when wet

A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
March 20, 2020 | mit

~6 mins

Tags: research mechanical-engineering institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering bioinspiration national-science-foundation-nsf civil-and-environmental-engineering

“Inactive” pill ingredients could raise the dose of your medication

With help from artificial intelligence, researchers identify hidden power of vitamin A and ordinary chewing gum glaze.

Kim Martineau | MIT Quest for Intelligence
March 17, 2020 | mit

~8 mins

Tags: quest-for-intelligence mechanical-engineering koch-institute mit-ibm-watson-ai-lab research pharmaceuticals disease machine-learning artificial-intelligence algorithms medicine health-care school-of-engineering

Probing microscopic wiggles in squishy materials

Technique could help improve design of soft materials to withstand jostling during transport or settling due to gravity.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
March 3, 2020 | mit

~8 mins

Tags: materials-science-and-engineering mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering

Making a remarkable material even better

Aerogels for solar devices and windows are more transparent than glass.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative
Feb. 25, 2020 | mit

~17 mins

Tags: mit-energy-initiative mechanical-engineering energy school-of-engineering tata-center research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering

Instrument may enable mail-in testing to detect heavy metals in water

Whisk-shaped device absorbs trace contaminants, preserves them in dry state that can be shipped to labs for analysis.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
Feb. 25, 2020 | mit

~9 mins

Tags: environment pollution water health india sensors mechanical-engineering research tata-center school-of-engineering sloan-school-of-management j-wafs national-science-foundation-nsf

A material’s insulating properties can be tuned at will

Most materials have a fixed ability to conduct heat, but applying voltage to this thin film changes its thermal properties drastically.

David Chandler | MIT News Office
Feb. 24, 2020 | mit

~8 mins

Tags: mechanical-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering dmse materials-science-and-engineering research energy renewable-energy nanoscience-and-nanotechnology school-of-engineering

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

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