Latest MIT Stories

2012-06-25 23:23:14

Bielefeld University students participating in MIT competition A biological filter to remove estrogens from waste water and drinking water -- 15 Bielefeld students submitting this project to the 'international Genetically Engineered Machine competition' (iGEM) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA are setting their sights high. They are persuading internationally active companies and associations in the biotechnology and chemistry sector to contribute several...

Snow On Mars Size Of Red Blood Cells, Study Shows
2012-06-21 12:36:42

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com It snows on Mars, but it´s a little alien to what you see in places like Vail, Colorado here on Earth. The snow is actually made up of frozen crystals of carbon dioxide about the size of red blood cells, according to new research. Most of Mars' atmosphere is made up of carbon dioxide (CO2), so during the winter months the poles get so cold that gas condenses and forms tiny particles of snow. MIT researchers decided to use science to calculate the...

'Sugar' New Energy Source For Future Medical Implants
2012-06-13 16:48:00

Implantable fuel cell built at MIT could power neural prosthetics that help patients regain control of limbs. MIT engineers have developed a fuel cell that runs on the same sugar that powers human cells: glucose. This glucose fuel cell could be used to drive highly efficient brain implants of the future, which could help paralyzed patients move their arms and legs again. The fuel cell, described in the June 12 edition of the journal PLoS ONE, strips electrons from glucose molecules to...

2012-06-04 17:41:18

Pared-down nucleic acid nanoparticle poses less risk of side effects, offers better targeting. Using a technique known as “nucleic acid origami,” chemical engineers have built tiny particles made out of DNA and RNA that can deliver snippets of RNA directly to tumors, turning off genes expressed in cancer cells. To achieve this type of gene shutdown, known as RNA interference, many researchers have tried – with some success – to deliver RNA with particles made...

2012-05-30 11:18:15

Tuberculosis, now largely controlled in the industrialized world, remains a stubbornly persistent killer in most of Africa, as well as parts of Asia and South America. The spread of multidrug-resistant strains of TB has slowed progress against the devastating disease, which is estimated to strike more than 10 million people annually. Now a modified soft-drink cooler, developed by researchers at MIT´s D-Lab, could make a dent in the disease´s impact. There are two big issues that...

People With Trypanophobia Need Not Fear, New Research Is Here
2012-05-26 05:14:49

A new device may be the cure for those who are afflicted with trypanophobia, someone who has a fear of needles. MIT researchers have created a device that delivers a tiny, high-pressure jet of medicine through the skin without the use of hypodermic needles. The new device can be programmed to inject a range of doses at various depths, helping to deliver the medicine to different skin types. The researchers say the technology may reduce the potential for needle-stick injuries, which,...

2012-05-17 12:33:59

We've said farewell to Friendster. Netscape Navigator is nevermore. As an Internet service provider, AOL is AWOL. What happened to these companies that once ruled their individual markets? According to two University of Alberta researchers, their market dominance made them vulnerable. In a research paper recently published in MIT Sloan Management Review, University of Alberta marketing professors Kyle Murray and Gerald Häubl posit that it may only take an upstart competitor...

Word of the Day
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.