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Artificial intelligence aids materials fabrication

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 9:45am

In recent years, research efforts such as the Materials Genome Initiative and the ...

2017 Fall Wulff Lecture

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

 

Fantastic Feather: Form and Function

When we think of birds, we think of feathers. Feathers give birds their color, from the bright red of a male Cardinal to the iridescent reds and greens of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Feathers keep birds warm and dry: down...

New property found in unusual crystalline materials

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 9:15am

Most metals and semiconductors, from the steel in a knife blade to the silicon in a solar panel, are made up of many tiny crystalline grains. The way these grains meet at their edges can have a major impact on the solid’s properties, including mechanical strength, electrical conductivity,...

Hydrogel that extracts uranium from water wins MADMEC

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 4:15pm

An inexpensive hydrogel that can extract uranium from water to provide more fuel for nuclear power plants took home the grand prize from this year’s MADMEC competition on Oct. 10.

A team of MIT materials science and engineering students, named A Salt Solution, won $10,000 for a prototype...

Will metal supplies limit battery expansion?

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:30am

The dramatic rise in production of electric vehicles, coupled with expected growth in the use of grid-connected battery systems for storing electricity from renewable sources, raises a crucial question: Are there enough raw materials to enable significantly increased production of lithium-ion...

2017 Energy Night

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 2:30pm

Now in its 11th year, Energy Night showcases the most exciting energy research, education, and entrepreneurship at MIT.  This year's event will showcase a myriad of interactive poster presentations from every energy affiliated department at MIT as well as early stage start-ups based on MIT...

Why researchers should step out of the lab

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:15am

Shreya Dave, Jeff Grossman, and their co-researchers Brent Keller PhD ’16 and Karen Golmer, innovator in residence at MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, have published an account of their experience with learning by stepping out of their labs, using their work on membranes as a...

Blood testing via sound waves may replace some tissue biopsies

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 3:45pm

Cells secrete nanoscale packets called exosomes that carry important messages from one part of the body to another. Scientists from MIT and other institutions have now devised a way to intercept these messages, which could be used to diagnose problems such as cancer or fetal abnormalities.

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Rewriting The Stars: Women Scientists Shine Amid Grand Central’s Constellations

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:30am

On Oct. 3, the three-day installation, called “Unseen Stars,” started projecting the faces of distinguished female scientists onto the ceiling of Grand Central Station. Notable lights will include Mildred Dresselhaus, the “queen of carbon,” and the first woman to receive the National Medal of...

Fast-moving magnetic particles could enable new form of data storage

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 3:15pm

New research from the Beach Group has shown that an exotic kind of magnetic behavior discovered just a few years ago holds great promise as a way of storing data — one that could overcome fundamental limits that might otherwise be signaling the end of “Moore’s Law,” which describes the ongoing...