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

Tags: medicine research sensors school-of-engineering harvard-mit-health-sciences-and-technology electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs nanoscience-and-nanotechnology koch-institute health-sciences-and-technology lincoln-laboratory diagnostics

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

Tags: robotics artificial-intelligence robots research sensors school-of-engineering algorithms computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing distributed-robotics-laboratory

Towable sensor free-falls to measure vertical slices of ocean conditions

Instrument may help scientists assess the ocean’s response to climate change.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics climate-change water research sensors school-of-science oceanography-and-ocean-engineering eaps ocean-science

Sensors woven into a shirt can monitor vital signs

Comfortable, form-fitting garments could be used to remotely track patients’ health.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: health medicine electronics nasa research sensors athletics design media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning

With lidar and artificial intelligence, road status clears up after a disaster

Automated tools can help emergency managers make decisions, plan routes, and quantify road damage at city scales.

Kylie Foy | Lincoln Laboratory • mit
April 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence imaging natural-disasters research sensors weather radar technology-and-society algorithms lincoln-laboratory disaster-response

Novel method for easier scaling of quantum devices

System “recruits” defects that usually cause disruptions, using them to instead carry out quantum operations.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
March 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics quantum-computing research sensors school-of-engineering computer-science-and-technology research-laboratory-of-electronics nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering nuclear-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 • mit
Feb. 25, 2020 ~9 min

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

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