Super-strong surgical tape detaches on demand

Removable adhesive could make it easier for surgeons to close up internal wounds.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: medicine research medical-devices mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf civil-and-environmental-engineering


Building a framework for remote making

A decision-making framework and wiki for students developed by MIT Project Manus and MIT Environment, Health and Safety enables safe making from home.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering • mit
June 17, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: education teaching covid-19 pandemic research community students mechanical-engineering vice-chancellor facilities stem-education maker-movement academics chancellor clubs-and-activities


Coatings for shoe bottoms could improve traction on slick surfaces

Material inspired by Japanese paper-cutting art could help to prevent falls in icy or slippery conditions.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf

Search-and-rescue algorithm identifies hidden “traps” in ocean waters

Method may help quickly identify regions where objects — and missing people — may have converged.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering algorithms national-science-foundation-nsf oceanography-and-ocean-engineering ocean-science fluid-dynamics


MIT engineers propose a safer method for sharing ventilators

Suggested design could make it easier to divide air flow for Covid-19 patients in emergencies when no other options are available.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: medicine covid-19 pandemic disease research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering harvard-mit-health-sciences-and-technology


Understanding how fluids heat or cool surfaces

Textbook formulas for describing heat flow characteristics, crucial in many industries, are oversimplified, study shows.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: energy heat research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering fluid-dynamics

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