Lab-grown plant matter marks a step towards 3D-printable wood

Chopping down trees and processing the wood isn’t the most efficient or environmentally friendly way to make furniture or building materials. Scientists at MIT have now made breakthroughs in a process that could one day let us 3D print and grow wood di… Continue reading Lab-grown plant matter marks a step towards 3D-printable wood

Tiny, efficient fuel cell runs on blood sugar to power medical implants

Powering medical implants can be tricky, but tapping into the body’s own fuel source could keep them going long-term. A new design for a tiny fuel cell converts glucose into electricity to power implants more efficiently than any other so far.Continue … Continue reading Tiny, efficient fuel cell runs on blood sugar to power medical implants

Cells’ trash disposal system shapes as a “toggle” for cancer treatment

Lysosomal activity can be seen in green in these images of cells clearing out their waste

The techniques our cells use to dispose of waste products offers some exciting avenues for us to potentially intervene in their behavior, whether it’s clogging up these garbage disposal systems to bring cancer undone or repairing their defects to tackle Alzheimer’s. Research from MIT has shown how this activity is ramped up during cell division, with the newly discovered mechanism potentially offering scientists a “toggle” for treating these kinds of diseases.

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Filterless portable device uses electricity to make seawater drinkable

Although there are already portable systems that create drinking water by desalinating and purifying seawater, they typically utilize filters that have to be replaced. A new MIT setup, however, just requires a small amount of electricity to get the job… Continue reading Filterless portable device uses electricity to make seawater drinkable

Ultra-thin speakers roll out like wallpaper for sound-blasting surfaces

Engineers at MIT have developed an ultra-thin speaker that could be used to make entire surfaces produce sound. The unique design should be energy efficient and easy to produce at scale, the team says.Continue ReadingCategory: Electronics, ScienceTags:… Continue reading Ultra-thin speakers roll out like wallpaper for sound-blasting surfaces

Breakthrough TPV cell makes more power from heat than a steam turbine

The majority of humanity’s electricity comes from heat – burning coal or natural gas, nuclear fission, concentrating solar – that’s used to boil water and spin steam turbines. This method of power generation has been around since Charles Parsons first … Continue reading Breakthrough TPV cell makes more power from heat than a steam turbine

MIT surgical robot could let surgeons remotely treat stroke victims

When someone has experienced a stroke or aneurysm, they may require a surgical procedure known as an endovascular intervention. A new MIT-designed robotic system could ensure that they receive the treatment quickly, even if the physician is nowhere nea… Continue reading MIT surgical robot could let surgeons remotely treat stroke victims

Engineered bacteria prevent antibiotics decimating the gut microbiome

An intriguing study led by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has demonstrated how an engineered form of bacteria can protect the gut microbiome from the impact of antibiotic use. Mouse studies showed the bacteria breaks down an… Continue reading Engineered bacteria prevent antibiotics decimating the gut microbiome

Inca-inspired tech may offer a simpler means of checking the GI tract

Long before computers existed, the Inca people collected data and kept records using knotted strings known as quipu. That technology has inspired a new system for assessing gastrointestinal problems, which is considerably less expensive than convention… Continue reading Inca-inspired tech may offer a simpler means of checking the GI tract