MIT creates a camera lens that can change focus without moving parts

Modern zoom lenses work wonderfully, but crack one open and you’ll be greeted by a truly terrifying degree of micro-mechanical complexity, with 20 or more polished glass elements set to move in different directions at varying rates when you work the zo… Continue reading MIT creates a camera lens that can change focus without moving parts

MIT tech gets the most bang for the buck out of laser-cut materials

When you’re laser-cutting parts for a build project, you obviously want to be as efficient as possible. A new MIT-created program is designed to help, by optimizing the manner in which parts are cut from sheets of raw material.Continue ReadingCategory:… Continue reading MIT tech gets the most bang for the buck out of laser-cut materials

New amputation technique may offer better control of prosthetic limbs

For some time now, we’ve been hearing about prosthetic limbs that are designed to work with amputees’ bodies. MIT researchers are taking a different approach, though, with a new type of amputation that facilitates the use of prostheses.Continue Reading… Continue reading New amputation technique may offer better control of prosthetic limbs

Origami-inspired surgical patches could be applied laparoscopically

Although many surgical procedures can now be performed laparoscopically (through a small incision in the skin), it’s still difficult to seal up internal injuries in this manner. MIT is developing a way of doing so, though, that’s inspired by origami.Co… Continue reading Origami-inspired surgical patches could be applied laparoscopically

3D Printing an Ion Propulsion System

As much as we love Star Trek, we have to admit there are some continuity problems. For example, in Spock’s Brain, the alien-of-the-week’s ion drive gave Scotty engineering envy. However, in The Menagerie, the computer identifies a Starfleet …read more

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MIT’s hybrid electric plane concept captures its own harmful pollutants

Shifting to alternative propulsion technologies could go a long way toward cleaning up the pollution created by the aviation sector, and a new design cooked up by MIT scientists offers an intriguing look at a potential solution. The engineering team be… Continue reading MIT’s hybrid electric plane concept captures its own harmful pollutants