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Video: Melanie Gonick; additional footage: Irene Chen
Self-oscillating gels are materials that continuously change back and forth between different states — such as color or size — without provocation from external stimuli. These changes are caused by the Belousov-Zhabotinsky chemical reaction, which was discovered during the 1950s.
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- Self-oscillating gels
- Self-oscillating gels are materials that continuously change back and forth between different states — such as color or size — without provocation...
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- Green Grease
- Students from MIT's Biodiesel team organizes the project, called Green Grease, and they traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil last summer to begin the impleme...
- The origins of 2.007
- Professor of Engineering Woodie Flowers discusses course 2.70 and how it evolved into MIT's annual 2.007 Mechanical Engineering Robot Contest.
- Remembering Ron McNair
- On the 25th anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster, AeroAstro professor Jeffrey Hoffman remembers his colleague.
- Holographic TV
- Using a single Kinect camera and standard graphics chips, MIT researchers demonstrate the highest frame rate yet for streaming holographic video.
- Infinity, transformed
- MIT community members discuss the planning and development of the Institute's architecture, focusing on the Infinite Corridor and the recent opening o...
- Medical mirror
- PhD candidate Ming-Zher Poh discusses a system he designed that could measure vital signs just by having a person sit in front of a low-cost camera.
- Media lab complex
- A peek into the new Media Lab complex which opened last month.
- Nobel laureate
- MIT Institute Professor Peter A. Diamond speaks at a press conference following the announcement that he won this year's Nobel Prize in Economics.
- Autonomous parking
- Research Scientist at MIT's AgeLab and Associate Director of New England University Transportation Center Bryan Reimer discusses and demos a car that ...
- Bill Gates on bright minds and big problems
- Video from his visit to MIT on April 21
- A new sign was illuminated at the dedication ceremony, designating the street-level public areas of the Stata Center as the Charles M. Vest Student Street.
- A portrait of President Charles M. Vest by artist Jon R. Friedman is unveiled at the Stata Center, as guests including Vest's son, daughter, widow, and grandchildren look on.
- Speaking before the unveiling of a portrait of Vest at the Stata Center, Boston University president Bob Brown, who was MIT's provost under Vest, described the process that led to Vest's selection of Frank Gehry as the building's architect.
- MIT President L. Rafael Reif greets guests at the dedication ceremony for the Charles M. Vest Student Street.
- Physics professor Raymond C. Ashoori in the lab at MIT with a dilution refrigerator used to study electrical charges and conductivity of materials, such as semiconductors, at very low temperatures. Studies are conducted at .1 millidegrees (-273.05), a fraction above absolute zero (-273.15 Celsius).
- A shaded relief map of part of the Dan River basin in Virginia, with blues indicating lower elevations and reds indicating higher elevations. The Blue Ridge Escarpment, which crosses the image from lower left to upper right, is migrating northwest as river basins on the southeastern side erode faster than those to the northwest.
- A computer simulation of convective mixing in porous media shows that higher-density fluid enters the medium through the top boundary via diffusion, then sinks by convection caused by a gravity-driven instability. The simulation, performed in MATLAB, involves the solution of about 400 million degrees of freedom per time step, for a total of approximately 10,000 time steps.