Tag Archive: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Aug 08 2015

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Robot with human reflexes

Researchers from MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have designed an interface that takes advantage of a human’s split-second reflexes allowing a humanoid to maintain its balance and complete tasks. (Learn more: ) Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT Additional footage courtesy of the researchers  

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Aug 05 2015

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Improving robot dexterity

MIT engineers have devised a way to give more dexterity to simple robotic grippers using the environment as a helping hand. Their model predicts the force with which a robotic gripper must push against surrounding fixtures in order to adjust its grasp.  

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May 29 2015

MIT: Cheetah robot lands the running jump

In a leap for robotic development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs — making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously.  

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May 12 2015

MIT: How bombardier beetles bomb

For as long as researchers have been studying the bombardier beetle they have been baffled by their ability to produce an internal explosion in their abdomen and then expel a jet of boiling, irritating liquid towards their attackers while avoiding any physical damage. Now a team of researchers at MIT, the University of Arizona, and …

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May 11 2015

MIT: Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9

This animation depicts the CRISPR-Cas9 method for genome editing – a powerful new technology with many applications in biomedical research, including the potential to treat human genetic disease. Feng Zhang, a leader in the development of this technology, is a faculty member at MIT, an investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and a …

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Apr 25 2015

MIT: Marine shells may help develop responsive, transparent displays

Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have identified two optical structures within the blue-rayed limpet’s shell that give its blue-striped appearance. Such natural optical structures may serve as a design guid for engineering color-selective, controllable, transparent displays.  

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Apr 17 2015

MIT: Detecting rare cancer cells with sound waves

A team of engineers from MIT, Penn State University, and Carnegie Mellon University is developing a novel way to isolate rare circulating tumor cells using sound waves to separate them from blood cells.  

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Jan 20 2015

MIT: Multifunctional fibers communicate with the brain

By producing complex multifunctional fibers that could be less than the width of a hair, MIT researchers have created a system that could deliver optical signals and drugs directly into the brain, along with a simultaneous electrical readout to continuously monitor the effects of the various inputs.  

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Jan 16 2015

MIT: Rainfall can release aerosols | Why it smells funny when it rains

Using high-speed cameras, MIT researchers observed that when a raindrop hits a surface, it traps tiny air bubbles at the point of contact. As in a glass of champagne, the bubbles then shoot upward, ultimately bursting from the drop in a fizz of aerosols. The researchers suspect that in natural environments, aerosols may carry aromatic …

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Sep 22 2014

MIT: GelSight sensor gives robots touch

Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable and insert it into a USB port.  

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Sep 18 2014

MIT: Synthetic squid skin

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 blend into their surroundings — a capability that engineers have long struggled to duplicate in synthetic materials. (Learn more: http://bit.ly/1r4621l) Now, a team of researchers has come …

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Sep 17 2014

MIT Robotic Cheetah

MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah. The key to the bounding algorithm is in programming each of the robot’s legs to exert a certain amount of force in the split second during which it hits the ground, in order to maintain a given speed: In …

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Sep 03 2014

MIT: Corals as engineers

Scientists at MIT and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in Israel have found that corals, long believed to be passive organisms relying entirely on ocean currents to deliver nutrients, are actually quite active, engineering their environment producing strong swirls of water that draw nutrients toward the coral, while driving potentially toxic waste products away. …

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Aug 27 2014

MIT: Sorting cells with sound waves

Researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University have devised a new way to separate cells by exposing them to sound waves as they flow through a tiny channel. Their device, about the size of a dime, could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients’ blood, …

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Aug 15 2014

MIT: Recycling old batteries into solar cells

A system proposed by researchers at MIT would recycle materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power. Features image credit: Georg Slickers.   http://youtu.be/X3omqERE1AA

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Aug 09 2014

Harvard & MIT: Self-folding robots

A team of engineers at Harvard and MIT have designed and built a flat-packed robot that assembles itself and walks away.  

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Jul 31 2014

MIT: Vision Correcting Displays

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have developed a new display technology that automatically corrects for vision defects — no glasses (or contact lenses) required. Video: Melanie Gonick, MIT News Additional footage and artist renderings courtesy of Gordon Wetzstein  

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Jul 25 2014

MIT: Bamboo Engineering

MIT scientists, along with architects and wood processors from England and Canada, are looking for ways to turn bamboo into a construction material more akin to wood composites, like plywood. Such bamboo products are currently being developed by several companies; the MIT project, lead by professor Lorna Gibson, intends to gain a better understanding of …

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Jul 15 2014

MIT: Soft Robot Fish Lead New Wave of Robotics

MIT researchers have created what they say is the first self-contained soft robot. In this case, a fluid robot fish that is powered by water, can react to its environment and is soft to touch. Clip by the Associated Press.  

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Jul 14 2014

MIT: Squishy Robots

A new phase-changing material built from wax and foam developed by researchers at MIT is capable of switching between hard and soft states. Robots built from this material would be able to operate more like biological systems with applications ranging from difficult search and rescue operations, squeezing through rubble looking for survivors, to deformable surgical …

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