Category Archives: Science & Technology

Microfluidics from LEGO bricks

>>MIT engineers make microfluidics modular using the popular interlocking blocks MIT engineers have just introduced an element of fun into microfluidics. The field of microfluidics involves minute devices that precisely manipulate fluids at  submillimeter scales. Such devices typically take the form of flat, two-dimensional chips,

Engineers design artificial synapse for “brain-on-a-chip” hardware

>>Design is major stepping stone toward portable artificial-intelligence devices  When it comes to processing power, the human brain just can’t be beat. Packed within the squishy, football-sized organ are somewhere around 100 billion neurons. At any given moment, a single neuron can relay instructions to

A new approach to rechargeable batteries

>>New metal-mesh membrane could solve longstanding problems and lead to inexpensive power storage A type of battery first invented nearly five decades ago could catapult to the forefront of energy storage technologies, thanks to a new finding by researchers at MIT and other institutions. The

Ultrafine fibers have exceptional strength

>>New technique developed at MIT could produce strong, resilient nanofibers for many applications Researchers at MIT have developed a process that can produce ultrafine fibers — whose diameter is measured in nanometers, or billionths of a meter — that are exceptionally strong and tough. These

New depth sensors could be sensitive enough for self-driving cars

>>Computational method improves the resolution of time-of-flight depth sensors 1,000-fold For the past 10 years, the Camera Culture group at MIT’s Media Lab has been developing innovative imaging systems — from a camera that can see around corners to one that can read text in closed books — by

New technique allows rapid screening for new types of solar cells

>>Approach could bypass the time-consuming steps currently needed to test new photovoltaic materials The worldwide quest by researchers to find better, more efficient materials for tomorrow’s solar panels is usually slow and painstaking. Researchers typically must produce lab samples — which are often composed of multiple layers

Computer systems predict objects’ responses to physical forces

>>Results may help explain how humans do the same thing Josh Tenenbaum, a professor of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT, directs research on the development of intelligence at the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines, a multiuniversity, multidisciplinary project based at MIT that seeks to

Engineers create plants that glow

>>Illumination from nanobionic plants might one day replace some electrical lighting. Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp when it gets dark, you could read by the light of a glowing plant on your desk. MIT engineers have taken a critical first step toward