MIT tech allows a single object to be “tried out” in different colors

Imagine if you were a product designer who wanted to see what an actual physical object would look like in different colors or patterns. Well, MIT has designed a system that allows users to easily do just that, utilizing photochromic dyes.Continue Read… Continue reading MIT tech allows a single object to be “tried out” in different colors

Electrically activated glue patch repairs blood vessels from within

Back in 2015, we heard about an electrically activated glue that could be used to bond items in wet conditions, or even underwater. Now, scientists have demonstrated that the material could be used to patch leaky blood vessels … from the inside.Continu… Continue reading Electrically activated glue patch repairs blood vessels from within

Strange salty “crystal critters” help thwart fouling of metal surfaces

Pipes, instruments and surfaces that come into contact with salty water usually end up with a corrosive layer of salt and other dissolved minerals caked on, which needs to be scraped or washed off. Now, engineers at MIT have developed a new method for … Continue reading Strange salty “crystal critters” help thwart fouling of metal surfaces

Lobster underbellies inspire spiraling material for artificial tendons

A newfound understanding around the intricate architecture of lobster underbellies has provided MIT engineers with a model for a tough and stretchy new hydrogel. The material mimics the spiraling structure of the creature’s under-armor that affords it … Continue reading Lobster underbellies inspire spiraling material for artificial tendons

Dash of nanocarbon black makes conductive, heat-generating concrete

Concrete is pretty useful, which is why it’s the most widely used construction material in the world. But it could be argued that it doesn’t really do anything. Now, engineers have made concrete that can conduct electricity and produce heat, by mixing … Continue reading Dash of nanocarbon black makes conductive, heat-generating concrete

Physicists hunt for dark matter dragging on black holes

With elusive dark matter continuing to evade detection, scientists are having to search in stranger and stranger places. In a new study, physicists at MIT have studied the spins of black holes for signs of drag from dark matter slowing them down.Contin… Continue reading Physicists hunt for dark matter dragging on black holes

MIT system allows robo-starfish to be created in hours, not weeks

When studying underwater marine life, it helps if you can use a device that doesn’t scare the animals by appearing unnatural to them. MIT scientists have created a robo-starfish with that in mind, utilizing a new rapid development system.Continue Readi… Continue reading MIT system allows robo-starfish to be created in hours, not weeks

Scientists produce artificial mucus with antimicrobial properties

It may be a bit gross, but mucus plays a key role in our bodies. Now, an MIT team has managed to create an artificial version of the stuff, and shown that it’s an effective antimicrobial – even more so than real mucus.Continue ReadingCategory: ScienceT… Continue reading Scientists produce artificial mucus with antimicrobial properties

Synthetic organism undergoes cell division in breakthrough study

For the first time, a team of scientists has created a synthetic single-celled organism that can divide and grow like a regular living cell. This breakthrough could lead to designer cells that can produce useful chemicals on demand or treat disease fro… Continue reading Synthetic organism undergoes cell division in breakthrough study