Category Archives: Science & Technology

Faster page loads

System allocates data center bandwidth more fairly, so no part of a webpage lags behind others by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A webpage today is often the sum of many different components. A user’s home page on a social-networking site, for instance,

Tiny bacterium provides window into whole ecosystems

Ubiquitous marine organism has co-evolved with other microbes, promoting more complex ecosystems by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — William Blake may have seen a world in a grain of sand, but for scientists at MIT the smallest of all photosynthetic bacteria

Detecting mutations could lead to earlier liver cancer diagnosis

New technique can reveal exposure to aflatoxin, a potent carcinogen, before tumors develop by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In many parts of the world, including Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, exposure to a fungal product called aflatoxin is believed to cause up

A big leap toward tinier lines

Self-assembly technique could lead to long-awaited, simple method for making smaller microchip patterns by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — For the last few decades, microchip manufacturers have been on a quest to find ways to make the patterns of wires and

NASA’s mission to study churning chaos in our Milky Way and beyond

NASA has new  plans to launch a balloon-borne observatory. The mission is to study the emissions from the cosmic material found between stars. “We have selected a science mission that will measure emissions from the interstellar medium, which is the cosmic material found between stars.

Toward printable, sensor-laden “skin” for robots

New 3-D-printed device mimics the goldbug beetle, which changes color when prodded by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In this age of smartphones and tablet computers, touch-sensitive surfaces are everywhere. They’re also brittle, as people with cracked phone screens everywhere can attest. Covering

Testing new networking protocols

New approach speeds up testing of traffic management solutions for data center networks by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The transmission control protocol, or TCP, which manages traffic on the Internet, was first proposed in 1974. Some version of TCP still regulates data

Scientists identify a black hole choking on stardust

Data suggest black holes swallow stellar debris in bursts by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In the center of a distant galaxy, almost 300 million light years from Earth, scientists have discovered a supermassive black hole that is “choking” on a sudden

Conquering metal fatigue

Novel laminated nanostructure gives steel bone-like resistance to fracturing under repeated stress CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Metal fatigue can lead to abrupt and sometimes catastrophic failures in parts that undergo repeated loading, or stress. It’s a major cause of failure in structural components of everything from