The startup Transaera is using a class of materials called metal organic frameworks, or MOFs, to create air conditioners that could have five times less impact on the climate when compared to traditional ACs. The startup Transaera is using a class of materials, advanced by MITProfessor Mircea Dinca for over a […]

Researchers have developed a data transfer system that pairs high-frequency silicon chips with a polymer cable as thin a strand of hair. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers, edited by MIT News The advance could improve energy efficiency of data centers and lighten the load for electronics-rich vehicles. Researchers have developed […]

The MIT startup Pison Technology, founded by Dexter Ang ’05, is using sensors to turn biopotentials on the skin into digital commands for smartphones, robots, IoT equipment, and more. Credit: Pison Pison, founded by Dexter Ang (MIT ’05), enables people to control digital interfaces, such as their phones, through brain signals. […]

Artist’s representation of the nanoscopic structure of a new ferroelectric material developed by MIT researchers and colleagues. Blue and gold dots represent the boron and nitride atoms in two atomically thin sheets of boron nitride. Between these sheets are two layers of graphene; the whitish/blue dots represent carbon atoms. The […]

A proposed hybrid-electric plane could “eliminate aviation’s air pollution problem,” say MIT engineers. Proposed design could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent, a new study finds. At cruising altitude, airplanes emit a steady stream of nitrogen oxides into the atmosphere, where the chemicals can linger to produce ozone and […]

An artist’s rendering of five planets orbiting TOI-1233, four of which were discovered using the Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Survey (TESS), an MIT-led NASA mission. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech MIT-led NASA mission finds a multi-planetary system that could be an “ideal laboratory” to study planetary formation and evolution. MIT researchers have discovered four new exoplanets […]

MIT today announced the MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium, which convenes influential industry leaders from a broad range of industries with the aim of vastly accelerating shared solutions to address climate change. Credit: PopKitchen Co. The MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium launches with 13 company members to work with MIT on innovation […]

MIT researchers have designed small molecules that spontaneously form nanoribbons when water is added. These molecules include a Kevlar-inspired “aramid” domain in their design, in green, which fixes each molecule in place and leads to nanoribbons that are stronger than steel. Parts of the molecules attracted to or repulsed from […]

MIT researchers have developed an automated way to design customized hardware, or “brains,” that speeds up a robot’s operation. A new system devises hardware architectures to hasten robots’ response time. Contemporary robots can move quickly. “The motors are fast, and they’re powerful,” says Sabrina Neuman. Yet in complex situations, like interactions with […]

Nanosatellite thrusters that emit a stream of pure ions are the first of their kind to be entirely additively manufactured, using a combination of 3D printing and hydrothermal growth of zinc oxide nanowires. A stainless steel version (top) works better overall but is much more expensive to produce. MIT researchers […]