Rapid test for Covid-19 shows improved sensitivity

A CRISPR-based test developed at MIT and the Broad Institute can detect nearly as many cases as the standard Covid-19 diagnostic.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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Modeling the impact of testing, tracing, and quarantine

A new model suggests a plan to keep Covid-19 within the capacity of the health-care system while reopening economic activities.

Sociotechnical Systems Research Center | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society • mit
Sept. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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Robot takes contact-free measurements of patients’ vital signs

Mobile system could reduce health care workers’ exposure to Covid-19 virus.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 31, 2020 ~6 min

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Are we still listening to space?

Despite the planet’s seeming standstill, graduate students continue to use LIGO to identify astrophysical events.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
Aug. 19, 2020 ~7 min

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For student researchers, no pause for the pandemic

Undergraduates Aljazzy Alahmadi, Andrea Garcia, and Quynh Nguyen are sustaining the nuclear science and engineering research mission from around the world.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Aug. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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Q&A: Peter Fisher discusses JASON report on reopening university laboratories

MIT physicist led government-backed effort to study the challenges and solutions surrounding campus lab work.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Q&A: Peter Fisher discusses JASON report on reopening university laboratories

MIT physicist led government-backed effort to study the challenges and solutions surrounding campus lab work.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Covid-19 shutdown led to increased solar power output

As the air cleared after lockdowns, solar installations in Delhi produced 8 percent more power, study shows.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
July 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy solar covid-19 pollution pandemic policy india research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering technology-and-society photovoltaics

MIT team collaborates with 3M to develop rapid Covid-19 test

Company working with Sikes Lab to test feasibility of low-cost diagnostic that could be manufactured by the millions each day.

Shirley Goh | Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation • mit
July 14, 2020 ~7 min

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