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New Drug-Delivery Capsule to Inject Drugs Directly into the Lining of the Digestive Tract

October 1, 2014

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New Drug Delivery Capsule Can Deliver Drugs Directly into the Lining of the Digestive Tract

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and MIT have developed a new drug-delivery capsule coated with tiny needles that can inject drugs directly into the lining of the stomach after the capsule is swallowed. Given a choice, most patients would prefer to take a drug orally instead of getting an injection. Unfortunately, many drugs, especially those […]

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Engineers Develop New System to Harness the Full Spectrum of Available Solar Radiation

September 29, 2014

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New System Aims to Harness the Full Spectrum of Available Solar Radiation

Engineers at MIT have developed a two-dimensional metallic dielectric photonic crystal that has the ability to absorb sunlight from a wide range of angles while withstanding extremely high temperatures. The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material’s spectrum of absorption just right: It […]

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Biologist Reveal Boost in Certain Amino Acids is an Early Sign of Cancer

September 29, 2014

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Research Shows Boost in Certain Amino Acids is Sign of Early Cancer

Based on an analysis of blood samples from 1,500 people participating in long-term health studies, biologists found that people with a surge in amino acids known as branched chain amino acids were far more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer within one to 10 years. Years before they show any other signs of disease, […]

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MIT Engineers Develop Underwater Robot for Port Security

September 26, 2014

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Researchers Develop Underwater Robot for Port Security

Engineers from MIT have developed a football-size robot that can provide added port protection by skimming discreetly along a ship’s hull to search for hollow compartments concealing contraband. Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened […]

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MIT Chemists Use Modified Anthrax Toxin to Deliver Cancer Drugs

September 25, 2014

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MIT Chemists Use Anthrax to Deliver Cancer Drugs

In a newly published study, researchers from MIT show that a modified version of the anthrax toxin can be used to deliver antibody drugs to kill cancer cells. Bacillus anthracis bacteria have very efficient machinery for injecting toxic proteins into cells, leading to the potentially deadly infection known as anthrax. A team of MIT researchers […]

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Theorists Find a New Way to Improve Solar Cell Efficiency

September 24, 2014

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Theorists Discover a New Way to Improve Solar Cell Efficiency

Researchers at MIT and Harvard have discovered a way of rendering excitons immune to getting stuck in minuscule defects as they hop through a material, which could possibly lead to improving efficiency in photovoltaic devices. A major limitation in the performance of solar cells happens within the photovoltaic material itself: When photons strike the molecules […]

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MIT Engineers Develop New Technologies to Battle Superbugs

September 24, 2014

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New Technologies Could Enable Novel Strategies for Combating Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Using a gene-editing system that can disable any target gene, MIT engineers have shown that they can selectively kill bacteria carrying harmful genes that confer antibiotic resistance or cause disease. In recent years, new strains of bacteria have emerged that resist even the most powerful antibiotics. Each year, these superbugs, including drug-resistant forms of tuberculosis […]

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New Formula Improves Liquid Battery Technology

September 22, 2014

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New Formula Leads to Improved Liquid Battery

MIT engineers have developed an improved liquid battery system that could enable renewable energy sources to compete with conventional power plants. Extensive testing has shown that even after 10 years of daily charging and discharging, the system should retain about 85 percent of its initial efficiency. Donald Sadoway and colleagues have already started a company […]

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Engineers Create Synthetic Materials That Can Change Colors and Textures

September 17, 2014

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New Materials Have the Ability to Quickly Change Colors and Textures

A team of engineers has developed a new synthetic material that can change its fluorescence and texture in response to a change in voltage applied to it. Cephalopods, which include octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish, are among nature’s most skillful camouflage artists, able to change both the color and texture of their skin within seconds to […]

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Untethered Electric Robotic Cheetah Runs and Jumps Across the Grass

September 15, 2014

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New Algorithm Enables Untethered MIT Cheetah Robot to Run and Jump

MIT researchers have developed a new algorithm that allows their electric powered robotic cheetah to run and jump, untethered, across grass. See the MIT cheetah-bot in action, and learn how it works. Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth, able to […]

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Sun-Powered Desalination Technology Could Provide Drinking Water for Villages

September 8, 2014

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Sun Powered Desalination technology To Provide Drinking Water for India

A newly published study from MIT shows that a desalination technology powered by solar panels could provide enough clean drinking water for many of the typical villages in India. Around the world, there is more salty groundwater than fresh, drinkable groundwater. For example, 60 percent of India is underlain by salty water — and much […]

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Materials Scientists Reveal the Power of Hidden Patterns

September 4, 2014

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Materials Scientists Explore the Effects of Patterned Surfaces Deep Within Materials

Materials Scientists at MIT have begun to explore the effects of patterned surfaces deep within materials, revealing that control of internal patterns can lead to significant improvements in the performance of the resulting materials. Patterned surfaces are all the rage among researchers seeking to induce surfaces to repel water or adhere to other things, or […]

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