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A noninvasive method for deep brain stimulation

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:15am

Delivering an electrical current to a part of the brain involved in movement control has proven successful in treating many Parkinson’s disease patients. This approach, known as deep brain stimulation, requires implanting electrodes in the brain — a complex procedure that carries some risk to...

Taking Materials to Extremes

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 11:00am

Lithium-air batteries are the Holy Grail in the worldwide quest for better batteries, because they can store energy at very high densities, at least in theory. On the downside, they suffer from high losses in energy conversion and other drawbacks. Ju Li’s MIT research group, however, has...

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America opens headquarters steps from MIT campus

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 1:15pm

AFFOA headquarters represents a significant MIT investment in advanced manufacturing innovation. This facility includes a Fabric Discovery Center that provides end-to-end prototyping from fiber design to system integration of new textile-based products, and will be used for education and...

After MIT, new officers will serve their country

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 12:00pm

"For Shifflet, who majored in nuclear science and engineering, the assignment marks the first major separation from her twin sister, Monica Shifflet ’17, who studied materials science and engineering. Monica has been assigned to flight school in Pensacola, Florida. "Just growing up we’ve done...

MIT lab shows off smart threads that can send messages, change color

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 11:00am

“Fabric is the new software,” said Yoel Fink, an MIT professor of materials science and chief executive of Advanced Functional Fabrics of America. AFFOA is a public-private partnership founded last year, headquartered at MIT, and backed by more than $300 million from universities, corporations,...

AFFOA launches state-of-the-art facility for protoyping advanced fabrics

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 11:00am

Just over a year after its funding award, a new center for the development and commercialization of advanced fabrics is officially opening its headquarters today in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and will be unveiling the first two advanced fabric products to be commercialized from the center’s work...

Liquid tin-sulfur compound shows thermoelectric potential

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 1:00pm

MIT researchers have developed a liquid thermoelectric device with a molten compound of tin and sulfur that can efficiently convert waste heat to electricity, opening the way to affordably transforming waste heat to power at high temperatures.

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MIT Ranked #1 by QS World Ranking for 2017-18

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 1:00pm

MIT has been ranked as the top university in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings. This marks the sixth straight year in which the Institute has been ranked in the No. 1 position.

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Making Medallions at MIT

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 1:30pm

While MIT seniors are preparing to receive their diplomas, DMSE seniors are preparing to receive an additional graduation gift.

Each year, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering gives its graduating students a bronze medallion of the MIT seal. These medallions are entirely...

MIT.nano Update

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:00am

In anticipation of the official opening of the new MIT.nano building — which will house some of the world’s leading facilities supporting research in nanoscience and nanotechnology — MIT last week officially launched a new “center of excellence” called SENSE.nano, which is dedicated to pushing...