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MIT: Secrets of the conch shell and its toughness

The shells of marine organisms are though, but one type of shell stands out above all the others in its toughness: the conch. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have explored the secrets behind these shells’ extraordinary impact resilience.  

MIT: New Method Removes Micropollutants from Water

A team of MIT researchers has developed a new way to clear pollutants from water, even when present in extremely low concentrations. The system uses a novel method, relying on an electrochemical process to selectively remove organic contaminants such as pesticides, chemical waste products, and pharmaceuticals, even when these are present in small yet dangerous …

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MIT: New coating could prevent pipeline clogging

Researchers at MIT have developed a coating that could stop the buildup of hydrate ices that slow or block oil and gas flow. These hydrates are potentially explosive and are largely responsible for the initial failure to contain the oil spill that rocked the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  

MIT: One of the strongest lightweight materials known

A team of MIT engineers has successfully designed a new 3-D material with five percent the density of steel and ten times the strength, making it one of the strongest lightweight materials known.  

MIT: Light-based therapy for Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers in Li-Huei Tsai’s laboratory at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have shown that disrupted gamma waves in the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s disease can be corrected by a unique non-invasive technique using flickering light.  

MIT: Ultra-long-term drug delivery

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a new drug capsule that remains in the stomach for up to two weeks after being swallowed, gradually releasing its drug payload. This type of drug delivery could potentially assist in eliminating diseases such as malaria.  

MIT: Plant-to-human communication

Spinach is no longer just a superfood: By embedding leaves with carbon nanotubes, MIT engineers have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that information to a handheld device similar to a smartphone. This is one of the first demonstrations of engineering electronic systems into plants, an approach that the …

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MIT: Heat-induced shrinkage

As elaborated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, heat is a powerful force that can affect a material in many ways. Almost all solid materials expand when heated and many shrink when cooled. In very rare instances certain materials actually shrink when heated. This class of “metamaterials” are especially interesting for research as explained in …

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MIT: Furry Wetsuits

Inspired by hairy, semiaquatic mammals such as beavers and sea otters, a group of MIT engineers are fabricating fur-like rubbery pelts learn how these mammals stay warm and even dry while diving underwater.  

MIT: Reading through closed books

Spatial resolution, spectral contrast, and occlusion are three major bottlenecks in current imaging technologies for non-invasive inspection of complex samples such as closed books. We empower the time-of-flight capabilities of conventional THz time domain spectroscopy and combine it with its spectral capabilities to computationally overcome these bottlenecks. Our study reports successful unsupervised content extraction through …

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Are musical tastes cultural or hardwired in the brain?

A new study out of MIT and Brandeis University – we have written about earlier this week – suggests musical preferences are cultural in origin and not hardwired in the brain.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: New hydrogel that doesn’t dry out

Engineers at MIT have found a way to prevent hydrogels from dehydrating, with a method that binds hydrogels to elastomers such as rubber and silicone.

MIT: Ingestible origami robot Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Researchers at MIT, the University of Sheffield, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have demonstrated a tiny origami robot that can unfold itself from a swallowed capsule and, steered by external magnetic fields, crawl across the stomach wall to remove a swallowed button battery or patch a wound.

MIT: Particles attract across long distances

A team of scientists from MIT has found a new kind of long-range interaction between particles, in a liquid medium, that is based entirely on their motions. And these interactions should apply to any kind of particles that move whether they be living cells or metal particles whirled by magnetic fields.  

MIT: Processing emotions

A new study from MIT reveals how two populations of neurons in the brain contribute to the process of assigning emotional associations to specific events. They hope this could shed light on mental illnesses and how to treat them best.  

MIT: Mapping whale calls reveal feeding in species-specific hotspots

Using acoustic data collected just north of Georges Bank in the fall of 2006, researchers from MIT, Northeastern University, The Institute of Marine Research in Norway, and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration have found that as multiple species of whales feast on herring, they tend to stick with their own kind.  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Sea sponge could be the first animal on Earth

New genetic analyses led by MIT researchers confirm that sea sponges are the source of a curious molecule found in rocks that are 640 million years old. These rocks significantly predate the Cambrian explosion — the period in which most animal groups took over the planet, 540 million years ago — suggesting that sea sponges …

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology: LIGO Detects Gravitational Waves

After a decades-long quest, The MIT-Caltech collaboration LIGO Laboratories has detected gravitational waves, opening a new era in our exploration of the universe.  

MIT: Material may offer cheaper alternative to smart windows

MIT scientists have come up with a theory to predict exactly how much light is transmitted through a material, given its thickness and degree of stretch. Using this theory, they accurately predicted the changing transparency of a rubber-like polymer structure as it was stretched like a spring and inflated like a balloon.  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: One step closer to fusion power

For the first time, researchers show two types of turbulence within plasma that cause significant heat loss. Solving this problem could take the world a step closer to fusion power which has the promise of limitless and relatively clean energy.  

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