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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...

Forget old batteries. Here comes the energy storage revolution

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 2:45pm

Energy demands from developing countries are going to grow by about 10 per cent between now and 2040, according to the ...

NEW.Mech 2017

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:00pm

NEW.Mech is a one-day workshop that aims to bring together the New England Mechanics community with an interest in exploring new directions in the mechanics of materials and structures, and to provide an opportunity to share the latest...

“Personal thermostat” startup heats up for commercialization

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 10:00am

Sitting in a stifling subway car or walking Boston’s cold winter streets may soon become more bearable, thanks to a “personal thermostat” wristband being released by MIT spinout Embr Labs.

For MADMEC 2013, four MIT engineering students created a smart wristband, called Wristify, that...

Making a pledge for the climate with our careers

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 11:00am

Jeremy Poindexter, a graduate student in DMSE, recently published a piece titled "Making a pledge for the climate with our careers" in The Tech.

"As I enter my fifth year as a PhD student at MIT and contemplate my post-graduation career trajectory, I chuckle when rereading these old words...