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A powerful new battery could give us electric planes that don’t pollute

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 10:30am

Brightly colored molecular models line two walls of Yet-Ming Chiang’s office at MIT. Chiang, a materials science professor and serial battery entrepreneur, has spent much of his career studying how slightly different arrangements of those sticks and spheres add up to radically different outcomes...

New Microfluidics Devices

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 10:00am

Microfluidics devices are tiny systems with microscopic channels that can be used for chemical or biomedical testing and research. In a potentially game-changing advance, MIT researchers have now incorporated microfluidics systems into individual fibers, making it possible to process much larger...

Longer lasting storage needs cheaper chemistries

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 4:15pm

Energy storage is often mentioned as one of the remedies for California's duck curve problem, but the economics do not always work out.

The technology is essential to a clean energy future, but it will be important to develop lower cost batteries with longer durations, according to...

Helping blood cells regenerate after radiation therapy

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 4:00pm

Patients with blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma are often treated by irradiating their bone marrow to destroy the diseased cells. After the treatment, patients are vulnerable to infection and fatigue until new blood cells grow back.

MIT researchers have now devised a way to help...

BBC Interviews Yoel Fink

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 3:30pm

Making clothes that can communicate

Is the age of tech fibre really upon us? Professor Yoel Fink from MIT says his team is on the verge of developing true tech clothes that will be able to warn us that a car is approaching. They have been able to weave diodes into fabrics, without losing...

Inexpensive chip-based device may transform spectrometry

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 4:00pm

Spectrometers — devices that distinguish different wavelengths of light and...

2018 Materials Day Winners

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 3:45pm

MIT Materials Day Poster Session winners are [left to right] graduate students Vera Schroeder, Rachel C. Kurchin, Gerald J. Wang and Philipp Simons, and Postdoctoral Associate Mikhail Y. Shalaginov. Sixty students and postdocs presented their posters in La Sala de Puerto on Wednesday, Oct. 10,...

Advanced Potash Technologies: Solving the food crisis with a better fertilizer

Friday, October 19, 2018 - 11:30am

At a 2012 conference, Wender met with members of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, who he says quickly understood the magnitude and impact of the project and wanted to be involved. After less than a year of sponsored research, the team at the Allanore Group proposed a...

Controllable Spintronics

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 3:00pm

A new approach to controlling magnetism in a microchip could open the doors to memory, computing, and sensing devices that consume drastically less power than existing versions. The approach could also overcome some of the inherent physical limitations that have been slowing progress in this...

Yoel Fink leads the way in fabric materials

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 3:45pm

Yoel Fink stands under an unassuming LED ceiling lamp wearing what appears to be just an ordinary baseball cap. “Do you hear it?” he asks. Semiconductor technology within the fibers of the hat is converting the audio encoded in light pulses to electrical pulses, he explains, and those pulses are...