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Flexible sensors can detect movement in GI tract

Ingestible devices could diagnose gastrointestinal slowdown or monitor food intake BY ANNE TRAFTON, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, MA – Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have built a flexible sensor that can be rolled up and swallowed. Upon ingestion, the sensor adheres to the

“Art teaches us how to disrupt” 

>> Why MIT’s Gediminas Urbonas helped produce a new book about art and public space BY PETER DIZIKES, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Much of what we hear about public space comes via routine transactional politics, when officials tell us whether or not we can afford,

How philosophy can solve your midlife crisis

>> MIT professor Kieran Setiya’s book “Midlife” aims to smooth out the rocky road of middle age BY PETER DIZIKES, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A few years ago, a man experienced a midlife crisis. He was professionally successful and had a rewarding family life, but

MIT physicist Rainer Weiss shares Nobel Prize in physics

>> LIGO inventor and professor emeritus of physics recognized “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.” BY JENNIFER CHU, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Rainer Weiss ’55, PhD ’62, professor emeritus of physics at MIT, has won the Nobel

Technique spots warning signs of extreme events

>> Method may help predict hotspots of instability affecting climate, aircraft performance, and ocean circulation BY JENNIFER CHU, MIT NEWS  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Many extreme events — from a rogue wave that rises up from calm waters, to an  instability inside a gas turbine, to the

New analysis explains role of defects in metal oxides

>> Harnessing these imperfections could have implications for computer memory and energy conversion BY DAVID L CHANDLER, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Sometimes things that are technically defects, such as imperfections in a material’s crystal lattice, can actually produce changes in properties that open up

Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction

>> By 2100, oceans may hold enough carbon to launch mass extermination of species in future millennia BY JENNIFER CHU, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured five mass extinction events, each involving processes that upended the normal