What is it? » Unlocking marine mysteries with artificial intelligence
December 14, 2017. [Mary Beth O`Leary | MIT News Office]
Students put their AI software for underwater vehicles to the test on the Charles River.
Each year the melting of the Charles River serves as a harbinger for warmer weather. Shortly thereafter is the return of budding trees, longer days, and flip-flops. For students of class 2.680 (Unmanned Marine Vehicle Autonomy, Sensing and Communications), the newly thawed river means it’s time to put months of hard work into practice.
What is it? » Capturing the properties of very hot compounds
December 14, 2017. [Denis Paiste | MIT News Office]
MIT researchers demonstrate a new electrochemical method to study thermodynamic processes in an ultra-high temperature molten oxide.
The thermodynamic properties of compounds such as aluminum oxide, which are known as refractory materials because they melt at temperatures above 2,000 degrees Celsius (3,632 Fahrenheit), have been difficult to study because few vessels can withstand the heat to contain them, and those that do often react with the melt and contaminate it.
What is it? » Computer systems predict objects` responses to physical forces
December 13, 2017. [Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office]
Results may help explain how humans do the same thing.
Josh Tenenbaum, a professor of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT, directs research on the development of intelligence at the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines, a multiuniversity, multidisciplinary project based at MIT that seeks to explain and replicate human intelligence.
What is it? »Startup`s needle-free drug injector gets commercialization deal
December 7, 2017. [Rob Matheson | MIT News Office]
Collaboration with pharmaceutical giant will bring smart jet-injection device to market.
Certain treatments for patients suffering from chronic diseases, such as inflammatory bowel diseases, require multiple intravenous or subcutaneous injections of specific drugs. Because of the pain and anxiety associated with needles, some patients stop adhering to these treatments.
What is it? » Engineers 3-D print a ``living tattoo``
December 5, 2017. [Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office]
New technique 3-D prints programmed cells into living devices for first time.
MIT engineers have devised a 3-D printing technique that uses a new kind of ink made from genetically programmed living cells.
The cells are engineered to light up in response to a variety of stimuli. When mixed with a slurry of hydrogel and nutrients, the cells can be printed, layer by layer, to form three-dimensional, interactive structures and devices.