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Fleet of autonomous boats could service some cities, reducing road traffic May 23, 2018 - 3:40pm

The future of transportation in waterway-rich cities such as Amsterdam, Bangkok, and Venice — where canals run alongside and under bustling streets and bridges — may include autonomous boats that ferry goods and people, helping clear up road congestion.

Removing health care barriers and boundaries May 23, 2018 - 3:40pm

Two years ago, Amar Gupta and his wife Poonam were on a trip to Los Angeles when she fell and broke both wrists. After being whisked by ambulance to the emergency room of a private hospital where she underwent a series of tests, staff members informed Poonam that they couldn’t treat her further because she was not a member of the hospital’s health care system.

OpenCourseWare opens up a whole new career May 23, 2018 - 3:40pm

Choosing a new career and starting over from square one takes courage. Many people may be intimidated by the daunting task of learning a new trade, but fortunately career-changers can find ample support in open educational resources like MIT OpenCourseWare.

Ed Boyden and Feng Zhang named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators May 23, 2018 - 12:37pm

Two members of the MIT faculty were named Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigators today. Ed Boyden and Feng Zhang join a community of 300 HHMI scientists who are “transforming biology and medicine, one discovery at a time.” Both researchers have been instrumental in recognizing, developing, and sharing robust tools with broad utility that have revolutionized the life sciences.
 

Making driverless cars change lanes more like human drivers do May 23, 2018 - 12:40am

In the field of self-driving cars, algorithms for controlling lane changes are an important topic of study. But most existing lane-change algorithms have one of two drawbacks: Either they rely on detailed statistical models of the driving environment, which are difficult to assemble and too complex to analyze on the fly; or they’re so simple that they can lead to impractically conservative decisions, such as never changing lanes at all.

Congrats and welcome Andrew Walter-McNeill! May 22, 2018 - 4:21pm

Andew Walter-McNeill received a Surdna Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship from Bowdoin College. He'll be working with us this summer on our three Brachypodium experiments studying biomass allocation. Welcome, Andrew!

A single-injection vaccine for the polio virus May 22, 2018 - 2:35pm

A new nanoparticle vaccine developed by MIT researchers could assist efforts to eradicate polio worldwide. The vaccine, which delivers multiple doses in just one injection, could make it easier to immunize children in remote regions of Pakistan and other countries where the disease is still found. 

A passion for service May 22, 2018 - 9:41am

Tchelet Segev loves walking down the Infinite Corridor, the tenth of a mile stretch of hallway connecting MIT’s main campus buildings. It is a chance to see friends and professors, and it has the quintessential active and engaged MIT vibe that she will miss after graduating this spring.

Powered by the sun May 21, 2018 - 6:34pm

On a recent April afternoon, MIT sophomore Francis Wang drove out of the Edgerton Center’s Area 51 garage, took a left on Massachusetts Avenue, a right onto Albany Street, and then a left through the wide doors into Johnson Rink.

His ride: Flux, the 14th solar car built mostly by hand, thanks to CNC machines and countless hours in the student shop.

William Rodríguez: Helping others broaden their horizons May 21, 2018 - 1:34am

William Rodríguez grew up resetting the family router and fixing all things technological in his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico. When the self-described computer junkie began to look at colleges, he knew that MIT was the right fit.

“I’ve always been interested in technology and in the different ways in which you can make people’s lives better through [technological] tools,” Rodríguez says. “MIT had that spirit of using technology and underscoring the importance of innovation.”

Justin Trudeau: Embrace the rapid pace of change May 18, 2018 - 7:35pm

Speaking today at Solve at MIT, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the best way to deal with the accelerating pace of profound changes in the world is to step up and help to influence how those changes unfold. Solve at MIT is the annual flagship meeting of Solve, which challenges teams around the world to come up with solutions to great challenges facing society.

Eight from MIT receive 2018 Fulbright awards May 18, 2018 - 4:33pm

Eight MIT students and recent alumni have been named winners of Fulbright U.S. Student Program research awards. An additional student received an award but declined the grant to pursue other opportunities.

Destinations for this year's Fulbright recipients include Germany, Switzerland, and other countries of the European Union; Chile; and Indonesia. Students' research interests range from astronomy, art criticism, architectural history, and biohacking to neuroscience, nuclear policy, and computer science.

Device that recycles vaporized water from power plants wins MIT $100K May 18, 2018 - 11:39am

The grand prize winner at this year’s MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition was an MIT spinout that’s developing a system that captures and recycles vaporized water from thermoelectric power plants. The recycled water can be constantly reused in the plant’s cooling system, saving millions of gallons and dollars annually, or be shipped as potable water to water-scarce areas.

Albatross robot takes flight May 18, 2018 - 12:38am

MIT engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water’s surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat.

In regions of high wind, the robot is designed to stay aloft, much like its avian counterpart. Where there are calmer winds, the robot can dip a keel into the water to ride like a highly efficient sailboat instead.

Applying machine learning to challenges in the pharmaceutical industry May 17, 2018 - 5:33pm

MIT continues its efforts to transform the process of drug design and manufacturing with a new MIT-industry consortium, the Machine Learning for Pharmaceutical Discovery and Synthesis. The new consortium already includes eight industry partners, all major players in the pharmaceutical field, including Amgen, BASF, Bayer, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, Sunovion, and WuXi.

Researchers develop virtual-reality testing ground for drones May 17, 2018 - 5:33pm

Training drones to fly fast, around even the simplest obstacles, is a crash-prone exercise that can have engineers repairing or replacing vehicles with frustrating regularity.

Now MIT engineers have developed a new virtual-reality training system for drones that enables a vehicle to “see” a rich, virtual environment while flying in an empty physical space.

Turning up the heat May 17, 2018 - 12:39pm

Guanyu Su’s childhood dream was to to find ways to cool a warming world. Su grew up in Nanning, a sweltering city in southern China. “Coming from a hot and humid place, I always thought if I could just lower the temperature a bit, it would be better for all of us,” the sixth-year PhD student in nuclear science and engineering says.

Showcasing the results of students' real-world research May 17, 2018 - 12:39pm

Dozens of MIT undergraduate and graduate students unveiled the results of extensive research projects during the high-energy SuperUROP Showcase and Masterworks poster sessions at MIT’s Stata Center in late April.

“Living drug factories” may one day replace injections May 17, 2018 - 3:41am

Patients with diabetes generally rely on constant injections of insulin to control their disease. But MIT spinout Sigilon Therapeutics is developing an implantable, insulin-producing device that may one day make injections obsolete.

Sigilon recently partnered with pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company to develop “living drug factories,” made of encapsulated, engineered cells that can be safely implanted in the body, and produce insulin over the course of months or even years. Down the road, cells may also be engineered to secrete other hormones, proteins, and antibodies.

New theory describes intricacies of a splashing droplet May 16, 2018 - 2:43pm

As a single raindrop falls to the ground, it can splash back up in a crown-like sheet, spraying smaller droplets from its rim before sinking back to the surface — all in the blink of an eye.

Now researchers at MIT have found a way to track the thickness of a droplet’s rim as it splashes up from a variety of surfaces. This incredibly specific measurement, they say, is key to predicting the number, size, and speed of smaller droplets that can be ejected from the rim, into the air.