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Implantable Device Allows Doctors to Identify the Best Chemotherapy Agents

April 24, 2015

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Implantable Device Tests Cancer Drugs in Patients

A team of engineers has developed a new implantable device that will allow doctors to test the effectiveness of cancer drugs and to identify drugs that work best for each patient prior to starting systemic administration of chemotherapy. More than 100 drugs have been approved to treat cancer, but predicting which ones will help a […]

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New Tabletop Detector Identifies Single Electrons

April 21, 2015

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New Detector Sees Single Electrons

A new tabletop particle detector is able to identify single electrons in a radioactive gas, a big step toward measuring the mass of a neutrino. As the gas decays and gives off electrons, the detector uses a magnet to trap them in a magnetic bottle. A radio antenna then picks up very weak signals emitted […]

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New MIT Sensor Detects Spoiled Meat

April 15, 2015

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New MIT Developed Sensor Detects Spoiled Meat

Chemists at MIT have developed an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat. The sensor, which consists of chemically modified carbon nanotubes, could be deployed in “smart packaging” that would offer much more accurate […]

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New Approach Halts the Growth of a Very Aggressive Form of Melanoma

April 14, 2015

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Stimulating Major Branches of the Immune System Halts Tumor Growth More Effectively

By stimulating both major branches of the immune system, researchers from MIT were able to halt the growth of a very aggressive form of melanoma in mice. The human immune system is poised to spring into action at the first sign of a foreign invader, but it often fails to eliminate tumors that arise from […]

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Biologists Identify Vulnerability in Brain Cancer Cells

April 10, 2015

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Biologists Identify Brain Tumor Weakness

Researchers from MIT and the Whitehead Institute have discovered a vulnerability of brain cancer cells that could offer a new target for treatment of glioblastoma. The study, led by researchers from the Whitehead Institute and MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, found that a subset of glioblastoma tumor cells is dependent on a particular […]

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MIT Engineers Develop New Magnetic-Field Detector That is 1,000 Times More Efficient

April 8, 2015

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New Magnetic-Field Detector is 1,000 Times More Efficient

Engineers at MIT have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. The detectors could lead to better sensors for medical imaging and contraband detection. Magnetic-field detectors, or magnetometers, are already used for all those applications. But existing technologies have drawbacks: Some rely on gas-filled chambers; others work […]

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New Entanglement Technique Could Make Atomic Clocks More Accurate

March 26, 2015

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New Technique Could Make Atomic Clocks More Accurate

Researchers have developed a new technique that can entangle thousands of atoms with a single photon, opening the door to a new class of entangled states. Physicists from MIT and the University of Belgrade have developed a new technique that can successfully entangle 3,000 atoms using only a single photon. The results, published today in […]

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New “Tandem” Solar Cell to Harnesses More Sunlight

March 24, 2015

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New Tandem Solar Cell Harnesses More Sunlight

By combining two types of photovoltaic material, researchers from MIT and Stanford have developed a new “tandem” solar cell that harnesses more sunlight. Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s […]

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Chiron May Possess Saturn-Like Rings

March 16, 2015

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Chiron May Have Saturn-like Rings

Using data from NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility and the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, astronomers reveal features around Chiron that may signal rings, jets, or a shell of dust. There are only five bodies in our solar system that are known to bear rings. The most obvious is the planet Saturn; to a lesser […]

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New Technique Offers Direct Stimulation of Neurons Without External Connections

March 13, 2015

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New Technique Could Lead to Long-Lasting Localized Stimulation of Brain Tissue

Using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles, a new technique developed by researchers at MIT could lead to long-lasting localized stimulation of brain tissue without external connections. This video shows a calcium ion influx into neurons as a result of magnetothermal excitation with alternating magnetic fields in the presence of magnetic nanoparticles. Neurons on […]

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New Strain of H1N1 in India Raises Concern

March 11, 2015

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H1N1 Outbreak in India Raises Concern

New research from MIT finds evidence that a new strain of H1N1 may carry dangerous mutations. Since December, an outbreak of swine flu in India has killed more than 1,200 people, and a new MIT study suggests that the strain has acquired mutations that make it more dangerous than previously circulating strains of H1N1 influenza. […]

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Neuroscientists Find That Cognitive Skills Peak at Different Ages

March 10, 2015

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Cognitive Skills Peak at Different Ages Across Adulthood

New research from neuroscientists at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital reveals that different parts of the brain work best at different ages. Scientists have long known that our ability to think quickly and recall information, also known as fluid intelligence, peaks around age 20 and then begins a slow decline. However, more recent findings, including […]

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Entanglement Can Improve Optical Sensor Performance

March 9, 2015

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Entanglement Can Improve the Performance of Optical Sensors

A new study from MIT demonstrates that entanglement can improve the performance of optical sensors, even when it doesn’t survive light’s interaction with the environment. The extraordinary promise of quantum information processing — solving problems that classical computers can’t, perfectly secure communication — depends on a phenomenon called “entanglement,” in which the physical states of […]

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New Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance By Turning Off Drug-Resistance Genes

March 4, 2015

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Nanodevice Defeats Drug Resistance

Researchers from MIT have developed a new nanodevice that can defeat drug resistance by turning off the drug resistant gene and then releasing cancer drugs against the disarmed tumors. Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as cancer cells become resistant to drug treatment, tumors can grow back. A new nanodevice developed by MIT researchers […]

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New Technique Analyzes Clouds Around Exoplanets

March 3, 2015

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New Technique Allows Analysis of Clouds around Exoplanets

Research from MIT details a new technique that analyzes data from NASA’s Kepler space observatory to determine the types of clouds on planets that orbit other stars. Meteorologists sometimes struggle to accurately predict the weather here on Earth, but now we can find out how cloudy it is on planets outside our solar system, thanks […]

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Chemical Engineers Design New Self-Healing Hydrogel for Drug Delivery

February 25, 2015

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New Self-healing Nanogel for Drug Delivery

Chemical engineers from MIT have designed a new type of self-healing hydrogel that consists of a mesh network made of two components: nanoparticles made of polymers entwined within strands of another polymer, such as cellulose. Scientists are interested in using gels to deliver drugs because they can be molded into specific shapes and designed to […]

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New Technique Could Enable Low-Cost Silicon Devices in Fibers

February 24, 2015

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New Approach Could Enable Low-Cost Silicon Devices in Fibers

In a newly published study, researchers from MIT detail a new inexpensive approach to generating silicon-core fibers. Scientists have known how to draw thin fibers from bulk materials for decades. But a new approach to that old method, developed by researchers at MIT, could lead to a whole new way of making high-quality fiber-based electronic […]

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