Inspired by kombucha tea, engineers create “living materials”

A symbiotic culture of specialized yeast and bacteria can generate tough materials able to perform a variety of functions.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

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SMART researchers engineer a plant-based sensor to monitor arsenic levels in soil

Nanoscale devices integrated into the leaves of living plants can detect the toxic heavy metal in real time.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Dec. 13, 2020 ~9 min

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Study examines role of mobile health technology in monitoring Covid-19 patients

Lincoln Laboratory researchers join international task force to evaluate wearable and emerging technology.

Kylie Foy | MIT Lincoln Laboratory • mit
Dec. 1, 2020 ~6 min

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Highly sensitive trigger enables rapid detection of biological agents

The Rapid Agent Aerosol Detector developed at Lincoln Laboratory has demonstrated excellent accuracy in identifying toxic biological particles suspended in the air.

Dorothy Ryan | MIT Lincoln Laboratory • mit
Sept. 16, 2020 ~7 min

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Exhaled biomarkers can reveal lung disease

Specialized nanoparticles create a “breath signal” that could be used to diagnose pneumonia and other infectious or genetic diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 20, 2020 ~5 min

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Letting robots manipulate cables

Robotic gripper with soft sensitive fingers developed at MIT CSAIL can handle cables with unprecedented dexterity.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
July 13, 2020 ~5 min

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