Category Archives: Science & Technology

Researchers decode molecule that gives living tissues their flexibility

>>Study reveals atomic structure of tropoelastin, showing what goes wrong in some diseases The stretchiness that allows living tissues to expand, contract, stretch, and bend throughout a lifetime is the result of a protein molecule called tropoelastin. Remarkably, this molecule can be stretched to eight

Nearly 80 exoplanet candidates identified in record time

>>Search considered successful “dress rehearsal” for exoplanet hunter TESS Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have analyzed data from K2, the follow-up mission to NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, and have discovered a trove of possible exoplanets amid some 50,000 stars. In a paper that appears online

Magnetic 3-D-printed structures crawl, roll, jump, and play catch

>>New printing technique could be used to develop remotely controlled biomedical devices MIT engineers have created soft, 3-D-printed structures whose movements can be controlled with a wave of a magnet, much like marionettes without the strings. The menagerie of structures that can be magnetically manipulated

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

“Artificial blubber” protects divers in frigid water

>>MIT engineers develop a way to triple the survival time for swimmers in wetsuits When Navy SEALs carry out dives in Arctic waters, or when rescue teams are diving under ice-covered rivers or ponds, the survival time even in the best wetsuits is very limited

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

Kerala to leverage Blockchain tech to streamline supply network

>>The country’s first such government initiative, the project is being  implemented through the Kerala Development and Innovation Strategic  Council (K-DISC) The Kerala Government has embarked on a strategy to leverage the revolutionary Blockchain technology to streamline the purchase and distribution networks of milk, vegetables and fish in

Keeping data fresh for wireless networks

>>Algorithm provides networks with the most current information available while avoiding data congestion For wireless networks that share time-sensitive information on the fly, it’s not enough to transmit data quickly. That data also need to be fresh. Consider the many sensors in your car. While

Novel transmitter protects wireless data from hackers

>>Device uses ultrafast “frequency hopping” and data encryption to protect signals from being intercepted and jammed. Today, more than 8 billion devices are connected around the world, forming an “internet of things” that includes medical devices, wearables, vehicles, and smart household and city technologies. By