New US postage stamp highlights MIT research

For the robotics category in a new series celebrating innovation, the USPS chose the bionic prosthesis designed and built by the Media Lab's Biomechatronics group.

Alexandra Kahn | MIT Media Lab • mit
Aug. 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robotics research prosthetics assistive-technology media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning alumniae faculty technology-and-society history-of-mit

Does ride-sharing substitute for or complement public transit?

In the Chinese city of Chengdu, one-third of ride-sharing might replace public transit trips.

Gavin Choo | Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities sustainability pollution development research transportation automobiles school-of-architecture-and-planning urban-studies-and-planning singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

A new way to control experimentation with dreams

Device not only helps record dream reports, but also guides dreams toward particular themes.

Sarah Beckmann | MIT Media Lab • mit
July 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: neuroscience memory sleep research media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning brain-and-cognitive-sciences undergraduate-research-opportunities-program-urop


Experimental peptide targets Covid-19

Computational modeling yields a protein fragment that could bind to coronavirus spike proteins and destroy them.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 pandemic research drug-development media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning biological-engineering

Deep learning accurately stains digital biopsy slides

Pathologists who examined the computationally stained images could not tell them apart from traditionally stained slides.

Becky Ham | MIT Media Lab • mit
May 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: machine-learning medicine cancer research media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning computer-science-and-technology algorithms software


Nature-inspired CRISPR enzymes for expansive genome editing

Applied computational biology discoveries vastly expand the range of CRISPR’s access to DNA sequences.

Media Lab • mit
May 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dna crispr covid-19 rna research computational-biology media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning alumniae genome-editing center-for-bits-and-atoms

“Lean lab” approach enables quick research ramp down

MIT lab offers a model for cost savings, productivity, and safety; principles may also facilitate efficient reopening in the future.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability covid-19 pandemic research media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning

3 Questions: Harnessing wave power to rebuild islands

In the Maldives, an MIT team is conducting experiments to combat sea-level rise by redirecting natural sand movement.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change environment architecture research school-of-architecture-and-planning school-of-science 3-questions oceanography-and-ocean-engineering eaps self-assembly

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