Category: Technology

Research Shows Advanced Biofuels Can Be Produced Extremely Efficiently

A chance to switch to renewable sources for heating, electricity and fuel, while also providing new opportunities for several industries to produce large numbers of renewable products. This is the verdict of researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, who now, after ten years of energy research into gasification of biomass, see an array of […]

Engineers Develop Soft Robot That Can Carry Its Own Power Supply

For their work on a soft robotic system that can lift more than 200 times its weight, Adam Bilodeau, Prof. Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio, and two collaborators at Columbia University were recently awarded Best Student Paper at the IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics. The paper, “All-Soft Material System for Strong Soft Actuators,” is based on work […]

Greenland Telescope Opens New Era of Astronomy

To study the most extreme objects in the Universe, astronomers sometimes have to go to some extreme places themselves. Over the past several months, a team of scientists has braved frigid temperatures to set up and observe with a new radio telescope in Greenland. Taking advantage of excellent atmospheric conditions, the Greenland Telescope is designed […]

Engineers Develop New System to Provide Low-Cost Drinking Water

Technology captures water evaporating from cooling towers; prototype to be installed on MIT’s Central Utility Plant. A new system devised by MIT engineers could provide a low-cost source of drinking water for parched cities around the world while also cutting power plant operating costs. About 39 percent of all the fresh water withdrawn from rivers, lakes, […]

New 3D Printing Technique Enables Cheaper Patient-Specific Medical Research

New 3-D printing technique enables faster, better, and cheaper models of patient-specific medical data for research and diagnosis. What if you could hold a physical model of your own brain, accurate down to its every unique fold? That’s just a normal part of life for Steven Keating, who had a baseball-sized tumor removed from his […]

Researchers Develop a Wireless Way to Power Human Implants

MIT researchers, working with scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have developed a new way to power and communicate with devices implanted deep within the human body. Such devices could be used to deliver drugs, monitor conditions inside the body, or treat disease by stimulating the brain with electricity or light. The implants are powered by […]