New device can diagnose Covid-19 from saliva samples

The tabletop diagnostic yields results in an hour and can be programmed to detect variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 6, 2021 ~7 min

Vapor-collection technology saves water while clearing the air

System could reclaim pure water from power plant cooling towers; at-scale prototypes tested on MIT facilities have proven effective.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 3, 2021 ~9 min

New approach could change how we track extreme air pollution events

Study demonstrates the power of low-cost air quality sensors during volcanic eruption.

Stephanie Martinovich | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering • mit
June 30, 2021 ~8 min

MIT engineers make filters from tree branches to purify drinking water

Prototypes tested in India show promise as a low-cost, natural filtration option.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 25, 2021 ~8 min

System can sterilize medical tools using solar heat

Device could provide pressurized steam to run autoclaves without the need for electricity in off-grid areas.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Making a remarkable material even better

Aerogels for solar devices and windows are more transparent than glass.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Feb. 25, 2020 ~17 min

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

Lowering emissions without breaking the bank

New research provides a look at how India could meet its climate targets while maintaining economic growth

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
July 31, 2019 ~5 min

Saving heat until you need it

A new concept for thermal energy storage involves a material that absorbs heat as it melts and releases it as it resolidifies.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Dec. 19, 2018 ~15 min

Low-cost prosthetic foot mimics natural walking | MIT News

New design can be tuned to an individual’s body weight and size.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 26, 2018 ~9 min