Category Archives: Science & Technology

Imaging system helps surgeons remove tiny ovarian tumors

>>More effective surgery could boost survival rates for ovarian cancer Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed only after it has reached an advanced stage, with many tumors spread throughout the abdomen. Most patients undergo surgery to remove as many of these tumors as possible, but because

A novel data-compression technique for faster computer programs

>>Researchers free up more bandwidth by compressing “objects” within the memory hierarchy A novel technique developed by MIT researchers rethinks hardware data compression to free up more memory used by computers and mobile devices, allowing them to run faster and perform more tasks simultaneously. Data

Giving robots a better feel for object manipulation

>>Model improves a robot’s ability to mold materials into shapes and interact with liquids and solid objects A new learning system developed by MIT researchers improves robots’ abilities to mold materials into target shapes and make predictions about interacting with solid objects and liquids. The

Can science writing be automated?

>>A neural network can read scientific papers and render a plain-English summary The work of a science writer, including this one, includes reading journal papers filled with specialized technical terminology, and figuring out how to explain their contents in language that readers without a scientific

How slippery surfaces allow sticky pastes and gels to slide

>>Engineered surface treatment developed at MIT can reduce waste and improve efficiency in many processes An MIT research team that has already conquered the problem of getting ketchup out of its bottle has now tackled a new category of consumer and manufacturing woe: how to

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,