Secret ingredient found to help ancient Roman concrete self-heal

Neglect a modern concrete structure for a few decades and it’ll start to fall apart – and yet, structures built by the ancient Romans are still standing strong after 2,000 years. Now, engineers have found an inclusion that helps ancient concrete self-h… Continue reading Secret ingredient found to help ancient Roman concrete self-heal

First human trials test light & sound therapy for Alzheimer’s disease

A promising new therapy for Alzheimer's involves exposure to a 40-Hz flickering light and sound tone for an hour a day

A new study published in the journal PLoS ONE has reported on the first human tests of an experimental therapy using sound and light to treat Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The initial findings are promising, with the unique treatment leading to some neurological and cognitive improvements, but the small trial size means more study is needed before anyone can say this type of therapy works.

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MIT implantable ventilator could literally let patients breathe easier

It’s a sad fact that people with conditions such as muscular dystrophy and ALS often have difficulty breathing, as their diaphragm muscle doesn’t work properly. MIT scientists have set out to give that muscle a boost, with an implantable ventilator.Con… Continue reading MIT implantable ventilator could literally let patients breathe easier

Vitamin-packed particles could help make food more nutritious

Getting enough vitamins in your day can be tricky, but a new technique could help fortify everyday foods to tackle deficiencies. Scientists at MIT added vitamin A, encased in polymer capsules, to ingredients like flour and found that it survived storag… Continue reading Vitamin-packed particles could help make food more nutritious

MIT’s slimmed-down solar cells would add only 20 kg to a rooftop

Solar cell technology is a seen as a key pillar in our transition to cleaner forms of energy, but within this field there is all kinds of room for experimentation. Solar cells that are thin and flexible hold unique promise in the area, as they could be… Continue reading MIT’s slimmed-down solar cells would add only 20 kg to a rooftop

Flash of light as bright as a quadrillion Suns dazzles astronomers

Astronomers have spotted an incredibly bright flash of light beaming halfway across the universe. The strange light was estimated to throw off more light than one quadrillion Suns, and in an ironic twist came from one of the darkest objects possible.Co… Continue reading Flash of light as bright as a quadrillion Suns dazzles astronomers

Laser satellite shatters space-to-Earth data transmission speed record

A small satellite developed by MIT engineers has set a new record for data transmission between a satellite and Earth. The TeraByte InfraRed Delivery (TBIRD) system used a laser to beam huge amounts of data at up to 100 gigabits per second (Gbps).Conti… Continue reading Laser satellite shatters space-to-Earth data transmission speed record

New CRISPR gene-editing system can “drag-and-drop” DNA in bulk

A new technique has been added to the CRISPR gene-editing toolbox. Known as PASTE, the system uses virus enzymes to “drag-and-drop” large sections of DNA into a genome, which could help treat a range of genetic diseases.Continue ReadingCategory: Biolog… Continue reading New CRISPR gene-editing system can “drag-and-drop” DNA in bulk

MIT economists: Automation is driving huge increases in wage inequality

The gap in wages between the most- and least-educated US citizens has risen sharply in the last 40-odd years, and new research out of MIT finds that more than half of this disparity can be attributed to a single factor: automation. This bodes poorly.Co… Continue reading MIT economists: Automation is driving huge increases in wage inequality

MIT advance paves way for high-density batteries that handle stress

The field of battery research is riddled with roadblocks and bottlenecks, but there is one problem that rears its head more than most. Branch-like growths called dendrites continue to plague next-gen battery designs of many types, but new MIT-led resea… Continue reading MIT advance paves way for high-density batteries that handle stress