MIT Engineers Boost Signals From Fluorescent Sensors – Offering Unique Glimpse Inside Living Cells

MIT engineers found a way to dramatically improve the signal emitted by fluorescing nanosenors. The researchers showed they could implant sensors as deep as 5.5 centimeters in tissue and still get a strong signal. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers and edited by MIT News Engineering advance allows particles to be placed deeper within biological tissue, … Read more

MIT Develops Nanoparticles That Cross the Blood-Brain Barrier To Treat Cancer Tumors

MIT researchers have created a tissue model that allows them model drug delivery to brain tumors. Tumor cells (green) are surrounded by endothelial cells (purple). Credit: Cynthia Hajal and Roger D. Kamm (MIT), edited by Chris Straehla Tested using a new brain tissue model, the tiny particles may be able to deliver chemotherapy drugs for … Read more

MIT Scientists Discover Molecules in Mucus That Can Fight Fungal Infection

The more infectious form of the yeast Candida albicans is a long filament (shown on the left). MIT researchers have demonstrated that when the yeast is grown in the presence of mucin glycans, it remains in its round, harmless form (shown on the right). Credit: Julie Takagi. Colorized by MIT News Harnessing the strength of … Read more

MIT Engineers Build LEGO-Like Reconfigurable Artificial Intelligence Chip

MIT engineers have created a reconfigurable AI chip that comprises alternating layers of sensing and processing elements that can communicate with each other. Credit: Figure courtesy of the researchers and edited by MIT News The new AI chip design is stackable and reconfigurable, for swapping out and building on existing sensors and neural network processors. … Read more

MIT Pioneers Technology To Grow Customizable Wood Products in the Lab With Little Waste

Scientists demonstrate that they can control the properties of lab-grown plant material, which could enable the production of wood products with little waste. Because of deforestation, the world loses about 10 million hectares of forest – an area about the size of Iceland – each year. At that rate, some researchers predict the world forests … Read more

MIT-Northpond Program created to advance innovation in engineering and life sciences | MIT News

MIT School of Engineering and Northpond Ventures today announced the launch of the MIT-Northpond Program – Advancing Life Science and Engineering Innovation. The five-year engagement is funded through Northpond Labs, the research and development-focused affiliate of Northpond Ventures. The program aims to generate ideas in the life sciences by connecting Northpond’s experienced venture capital investors … Read more

MIT engineers build LEGO-like artificial intelligence chip

Credit: MIT researchers. Imagine a more sustainable future, where cellphones, smartwatches, and other wearable devices do not have to be shelved or discarded for a newer model. Instead, they could be upgraded with the latest sensors and processors that would snap onto a device’s internal chip – like LEGO bricks incorporated into an existing build. … Read more

MIT researchers find a new hardware vulnerability in the Apple M1 chip

Credit: Jose-Luis Olivares / MIT. William Shakespeare might have been talking about Apple’s recently released M1 chip via his prose in “A Midnight Summer’s Dream”: “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” The company software runs on the little squares made of custom silicon systems, resulting in Apple’s most powerful chip to date, … Read more

Collin Stultz named co-director and MIT lead of the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology | MIT News

Collin M. Stultz, the Nina T. and Robert H. Rubin Professor in Medical Engineering and Science at MIT, has been named co-director of the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology (HST), and associate director of MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES), effective June 1. IMES is HST’s home at MIT. Stultz is … Read more

MIT Chemists Design New Light-Powered Catalysts That Could Aid in Manufacturing

MIT chemists have designed a new type of photoredox catalyst that could make it easier to incorporate light-driven reactions into continuous flow manufacturing processes. The polymer catalysts could be used to coat tubing and perform chemical transformations on reactants as they flow through the tube, as imagined in this digital artwork. Credit: Richard Liu When … Read more