• Integrating electronics onto physical prototypes

    Integrating electronics onto physical prototypes By: Rob Matheson | MIT News OfficeMarch 3, 2020 MIT researchers have invented a way to integrate “breadboards” — flat platforms widely used for electronics prototyping — directly onto physical products. The aim is to provide a faster, easier way to test circuit functions and [..]

  • Low-cost “smart” diaper can notify caregiver when it’s wet

    Low-cost “smart” diaper can notify caregiver when it’s wet Design combines a common diaper material with RFID technology. By: Jennifer Chu | MIT News OfficeFebruary 13, 2020 For some infants, a wet diaper is cause for an instant, vociferous demand to be changed, while other babies may be unfazed and [..]

  • Building materials come alive with help from bacteria

    Building materials come alive with help from bacteria By: Daniel Strain|University of Colorado Boulder News CU Boulder researchers have developed a new approach to designing more sustainable buildings with help from some of the tiniest contractors out there. In a study published today in the journal Matter, engineer Wil Srubar and his colleagues describe [..]

  • Ingestible medical devices can be broken down with light

    Ingestible medical devices can be broken down with light By: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office A variety of medical devices can be inserted into the gastrointestinal tract to treat, diagnose, or monitor GI disorders. Many of these have to be removed by endoscopic surgery once their job is done. [..]

  • Screen could offer better safety tests for new chemicals

    Screen could offer better safety tests for new chemicals By: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office It’s estimated that there are approximately 80,000 industrial chemicals currently in use, in products such as clothing, cleaning solutions, carpets, and furniture. For the vast majority of these chemicals, scientists have little or no [..]

  • Storing medical information below the skin’s surface

    Storing medical information below the skin’s surface By: Anne Trafton | MIT News Office Every year, a lack of vaccination leads to about 1.5 million preventable deaths, primarily in developing nations. One factor that makes vaccination campaigns in those nations more difficult is that there is little infrastructure for storing [..]

  • Quantum Camouflage: New coating hides temperature change from infrared cameras

    Quantum Camouflage: New coating hides temperature change from infrared cameras By: By Renee Meiller | University of Wisconsin-Madison An ultrathin coating developed by University of Wisconsin–Madison engineers upends a ubiquitous physics phenomenon of materials related to thermal radiation: The hotter an object gets, the brighter it glows. The new coating [..]

  • Novel material switches between electrically conducting and insulating states

    Novel material switches between electrically conducting and insulating states By: ALEX GERAGE |Northwestern University Northwestern Engineering researchers have developed a novel design strategy to identify new materials exhibiting a metal-insulator transition (MIT), a rare class of materials categorized by their ability to reversibly switch between electrically conducting and insulating states. [..]

  • Coated seeds may enable agriculture on marginal lands

    Coated seeds may enable agriculture on marginal lands By: David L. Chandler | MIT News Office Providing seeds with a protective coating that also supplies essential nutrients to the germinating plant could make it possible to grow crops in otherwise unproductive soils, according to new research at MIT. A team [..]

  • New approach suggests path to emissions-free cement

    By: David L. Chandler | MIT News Office It’s well known that the production of cement — the world’s leading construction material — is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for about 8 percent of all such releases. If cement production were a country, it would be the [..]