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Working out makes hydrogels perform more like muscle

>>Mechanical “training” produces strong, fatigue-resistant, yet soft hydrogels with possible uses in medicine Human skeletal muscles have a unique combination of properties that materials researchers seek for their own creations. They’re strong, soft, full of water, and resistant to fatigue. A new study by MIT

TESS discovers its first Earth-sized planet

Orbiting a nearby star, the new planet is the smallest identified so far by the TESS mission by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, has discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanet. The planet, named HD 21749c, is the smallest

Greener, more efficient natural gas filtration

>>Novel membrane material removes more impurities, without the need for toxic solvents Natural gas and biogas have become increasingly popular sources of energy throughout the world in recent years, thanks to their cleaner and more efficient combustion process when compared to coal and oil. However,

The future of agriculture is computerized

>>Machine learning can reveal optimal growing conditions to maximize taste and other features What goes into making plants taste good? For scientists in MIT’s Media Lab, it takes a combination of botany, machine-learning algorithms, and some good old-fashioned chemistry. Using all of the above, researchers