>>Study shows tumors with softer, larger cells at their periphery are more likely to spread; may suggest new route for cancer therapy By Jennifer Chu Engineers at MIT and elsewhere have tracked the evolution of individual cells within an initially benign tumor, showing how the
>>Study finds even the tallest ice cliffs should support their own weight rather than collapsing catastrophically By Jennifer Chu Antarctica’s ice sheet spans close to twice the area of the contiguous United States, and its land boundary is buttressed by massive, floating ice shelves extending
>>An algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects, for picking and sorting, or tool use By Jennifer Chu If you’re at a desk with a pen or pencil handy, try this move: Grab the pen by one end
>>Systems of tiny robots may someday build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements By David L. Chandler Today’s commercial aircraft are typically manufactured in sections, often in different locations — wings at one factory, fuselage sections at another, tail components somewhere else — and
>>Model could recreate video from motion-blurred images and “corner cameras,” may someday retrieve 3D data from 2D medical images By Rob Matheson MIT researchers have developed a model that recovers valuable data lost from images and video that have been “collapsed” into lower dimensions. The
>>New technique could enable assembly of circuit boards and displays with more minute components By MIT news If you were to pry open your smartphone, you would see an array of electronic chips and components laid out across a circuit board, like a miniature city.
>>New book examines the past and future of Japanese intelligence services in a rapidly shifting world By Peter Dizikes Once upon a time — from the 1600s through the 1800s — Japan had a spy corps so famous we know their name today: the ninjas,
>>Studying a common material at room temperature, researchers bring quantum behavior “closer to our daily life” By Jennifer Chu When a guitar string is plucked, it vibrates as any vibrating object would, rising and falling like a wave, as the laws of classical physics predict.
>>Scientists simulate early galaxy formation in a universe of dark matter that is ultralight, or “fuzzy,” rather than cold or warm By Jennifer Chu Dark matter was likely the starting ingredient for brewing up the very first galaxies in the universe. Shortly after the Big
>>MIT team successfully tests a new method for verification of weapons reduction By Peter Dizikes How do weapons inspectors verify that a nuclear bomb has been dismantled? An unsettling answer is: They don’t, for the most part. When countries sign arms reduction pacts, they do