Category Archives: Science & Technology

Giving robots a sense of touch

GelSight technology lets robots gauge objects’ hardness and manipulate small tools. by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Eight years ago, Ted Adelson’s research group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) unveiled a new sensor technology, called GelSight, that uses physical

Wearable system helps visually impaired users navigate

Device provides information from a 3-D camera, via vibrating motors and a Braille interface. by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Computer scientists have been working for decades on automatic navigation systems to aid the visually impaired, but it’s been difficult to come up

New method allows real-time monitoring of irradiated materials

Technique will enable continuous measurement of damage to materials in high-radiation environments by David L Chandler, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A new advance on a method developed by MIT researchers could enable continuous, high-precision monitoring of materials exposed to a high-radiation environment. The

Conch shells may inspire better helmets, body armor

Three-tiered structure of these impact-resistant shells could inspire better helmets, body armor by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The shells of marine organisms take a beating from impacts due to storms and tides, rocky shores, and sharp-toothed predators. But as recent

Researchers engineer shape-shifting noodles

Sheets of gelatin transform into 3-D shapes when dunked in water; could save food shipping costs. by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — “Don’t play with your food” is a saying that MIT researchers are taking with a grain or two of salt. The

Researchers design moisture-responsive workout suit 

Ventilating flaps lined with live cells open and close in response to an athlete’s sweat by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A team of MIT researchers has designed a breathable workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to an

New method can selectively remove micropollutants from water

Electrochemical method can remove even tiny amounts of contamination by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — When it comes to removing very dilute concentrations of pollutants from water, existing separation methods tend to be energy- and chemical-intensive. Now, a new method developed

Materials bend as they “breathe” under high temperatures

Mechanical actuators expand and contract as they let oxygen in and out by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Carrying out maintenance tasks inside a nuclear plant puts severe strains on equipment, due to extreme temperatures that are hard for components to