• Italian master glassmaker finds
design inspiration at MIT

    Italian master glassmaker finds
    design inspiration at MIT

    Lino Tagliapietra brought his team to the W. David Kingery Ceramics and Glass Lab at MIT this week, turning out intricately patterned vessels and holding a master class. Read More
  • Teamwork enables bacterial survival

    Teamwork enables bacterial survival

    A new study from MIT finds that two strains of bacteria that are each resistant to one antibiotic, in an environment containing both drugs, can form drug-resistant communities. The findings demonstrate mutualism, a phenomenon in which different species benefit from their interactions with each other. Read More
  • Researchers find unexpected magnetic effect

    Researchers find unexpected magnetic effect

    A new and unexpected magnetic effect could open a pathway to advanced electronic, spintronic, or quantum computing devices. The discovery, led by Jagadeesh Moodera of the MIT Department of Physics and postdoc Ferhat Katmis, showed that an ultrathin bilayer material retains the exotic electronic properties of the topological insulator – bismuth selenide – and the magnetism of europium sulfide all the way up to ordinary room temperature. Read More
  • Katharina Ribbeck, Jesse Thaler receive Edgerton Awards

    Katharina Ribbeck, Jesse Thaler receive Edgerton Awards

    Theoretical particle physicist Jesse Thaler and tissue engineering biologist Katharina Ribbeck have been awarded the 2015-2016 Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award. Read More
  • MIT leads $317 million smart fabrics partnership

    MIT leads $317 million smart fabrics partnership

    An independent nonprofit founded by MIT has been selected to run a new, $317 million public-private partnership announced April 1 by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. The Advanced Functional Fibers of America (AFFOA) Institute is designed to accelerate innovation in high-tech, U.S.-based manufacturing involving fibers and textiles Read More
  • New chemistries found for liquid batteries

    New chemistries found for liquid batteries

    Liquid metal batteries, invented by MIT professor Donald Sadoway and his students a decade ago, are a promising candidate for making renewable energy more practical. The batteries can store large amounts of energy and are in the process of being commercialized by Cambridge-based startup company, Ambri.Now, Sadoway and his team have found yet another set of chemical constituents that could make the technology even more practical and affordable. Read More
  • Nanocrystal self-assembly sheds its secrets

    Nanocrystal self-assembly sheds its secrets

    The transformation of simple colloidal particles — bits of matter suspended in solution — into tightly packed, beautiful lace-like meshes, or superlattices, has puzzled researchers for decades. Through a combination of techniques including controlled solvent evaporation and synchrotron X-ray scattering, the real time self-assembly of nanocrystal structures has now become observable in-situ. Assistant Professor William A. Tisdale and grad student Mark C. Weidman, both at MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering, and Detlef-M. Smilgies at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, reported in the journal Nature Materials. Read More
  • MIT develops nontoxic way of generating portable power

    MIT develops nontoxic way of generating portable power

    The batteries that power the ubiquitous devices of modern life, from smartphones and computers to electric cars, are mostly made of toxic materials such as lithium that can be difficult to dispose of and have limited global supplies. Now, researchers at MIT have come up with an alternative system for generating electricity, which harnesses heat and uses no metals or toxic materials. Read More
  • Four MIT faculty win Presidential Early Career Awards

    Four MIT faculty win Presidential Early Career Awards

    President Barack Obama named four MIT faculty among 105 recipients of the 2016 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), on Thursday, Feb. 19. MIT faculty recipients of the 2016 PECASE awards, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early stage science and engineering researchers are (clockwise from top left): Kay Tye, Cullen Buie, Tonio Buonassisi, and William Tisdale. Read More
  • Scientists make first direct detection of gravitational waves

    Scientists make first direct detection of gravitational waves

    For the first time, scientists in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration — with a prominent role played by researchers at MIT and Caltech — have directly observed the ripples of gravitational waves in an instrument on Earth. In so doing, they have again dramatically confirmed Einstein’s theory of general relativity and opened up a new way in which to view the universe. Read More
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