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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
April 20, 2018

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A weekly digest of the Institute’s research and innovation



A graphene roll-out


Scalable manufacturing process spools out strips of graphene for use in ultrathin membranes.




Polymer synthesis gets a jolt of caffeine


Using the stimulant as a catalyst, researchers create new gels for drug delivery.




Startup aims to democratize synthetic biology


Alumna’s mini-lab kits include all necessary tools and materials for anyone to start engineering microbes.




Artificial antimicrobial peptides could help overcome drug-resistant bacteria


With aid of computer algorithm, researchers develop peptides more powerful than those found in nature.




Deriving a theory of defects


Mingda Li seeks to harness atomic irregularities in materials for improved energy applications.




MIT Clean Energy Prize rewards student innovation


Robust batteries, solar refrigeration, UV membrane cleaner, and smart factory technologies take home $140,000 in prize money.



In the Media





Rhod Sharp, presenter of Up All Night on BBC Radio 5, talks with Prof. Sara Seager about the functionality of TESS and the details of its orbit. “TESS has a very unique orbit, it’s like a giant ellipse,” says Seager. “The cameras are made to be very stable thermally, so little temperature changes don’t expand or contract different parts of the lens assembly, and thus mess up the image.”






MIT researchers have developed “the first artificial system to mimic the way the brain interprets sound – and it rivals humans in its accuracy,” reports Samia Bouzik for NOVA Next. “The research offers a tantalizing new way to study the brain… [and] could boost some neuroscience research into the fast track,” writes Bouzik.




Prof. Hugh Herr and his team in the Biomechatronics Group are developing prosthetics that “respond to neural commands with the flexibility and speed of regular limbs,” writes Eillie Anzilotti for Fast Company. In a process pioneered by the group, “doctors leave the tendons and nerve endings intact so they can continue to feed sensations down past where the human leg ends,” Anzilotti says.



around campus



Eight from MIT elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences for 2018


Prestigious honor society announces 213 new members this year.




MIT-Boeing educational collaboration aims to scale learning in additive manufacturing


New online course will enable professionals to invent and implement innovative 3-D-printing applications.




AFFOA and VMS launch Advanced Fabrics Entrepreneurship Program


Year-long program will give early-stage entrepreneurs a leg up in the functional fabrics industry.



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