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Low-cost prosthetic foot mimics natural walking

>>New design can be tuned to an individual’s body weight and size Prosthetic limb technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, giving amputees a range of bionic options, including artificial knees controlled by microchips, sensor-laden feet driven by artificial intelligence, and robotic hands that a

Chip upgrade helps miniature drones navigate

>>Low-power design will allow devices as small as a honeybee to determine their location while flying Researchers at MIT, who last year designed a tiny computer chip tailored to help honeybee-sized drones navigate, have now shrunk their chip design even further, in both size and power consumption.

Faster analysis of medical images

>>Algorithm makes the process of comparing 3-D scans up to 1,000 times faster Medical image registration is a common technique that involves overlaying two images, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, to compare and analyze anatomical differences in great detail. If a patient has

Checking China’s pollution by satellite

>>Study finds reduction in sulfur emissions from power plants Air pollution has smothered China’s cities in recent decades. In response, the Chinese government has implemented measures to clean up its skies. But are those policies effective? Now an innovative study co-authored by an MIT scholar

New system recovers fresh water from power plants

>>Technology captures water evaporating from cooling towers; prototype to be installed on MIT’s Central Utility Plant About 39 percent of all the fresh water withdrawn from rivers, lakes, and reservoirs in the U.S. is earmarked for the cooling needs of electric power plants that use