Category Archives: Science & Technology

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

Shrinking the carbon footprint of a chemical in everyday objects

>>New method for synthesizing the epoxides found in plastics, textiles, and pharmaceuticals could be powered by electricity The biggest source of global energy consumption is the industrial manufacturing of products such as plastics, iron, and steel. Not only does manufacturing these materials require huge amounts

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,

Engineers develop concept for hybrid heavy-duty trucks

>>Long-haul trucks with electric motors combined with gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases Heavy-duty trucks, such as the 18-wheelers that transport many of the world’s goods from farm or factory to market, are virtually all powered by diesel engines. They account for

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

Advance boosts efficiency of flash storage in data centers

>>New architecture promises to cut in half the energy and physical space required to store and manage user data MIT researchers have designed a novel flash-storage system that could cut in half the energy and physical space required for one of the most expensive components

Dark matter experiment finds no evidence of axions

>>In its first run, ABRACADABRA detects no signal of the hypothetical dark matter particle within a specific mass range Physicists from MIT and elsewhere have performed the first run of a new experiment to detect axions — hypothetical particles that are predicted to be among