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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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- International studies
- The MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) connects MIT students and faculty with research and innovation around the world.
- Chain reaction
- Last year, over 1,100 people came, participated and watched as artist and renowned chain reaction creator Arthur Ganson led the 12th Annual Friday Aft...
- Double cone and plane
- A double cone is placed on the bars of an inclined plane. Instead of rolling down the plane the cone rolls up. Although the plane slants upward, the b...
- Moon hopping
- A team of MIT students led by Professor of the Practice of Astronautics and former NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman have designed and built a prototype ...
- Greenhouse gas
- David Simchi-Levi, a professor in MIT's Engineering Systems Division and Department of Civil Engineering, discusses lowering greenhouse emissions gene...
- New Koch Institute
- A peek into the development of the new David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. The formal dedication ceremony will be held on March 4...
- Solar fuel
- MIT Professor Jeffrey Grossman explains how this material can be used to store and release energy in the form of heat.
- Breakdown air
- Grounding rod tips of different sizes are used to discharge a large Van de Graaff generator. The larger the curvature of the tip, the more charge must...
- Solar paper airplane
- MIT Professor Karen K. Gleason explains how graduate student Miles Barr folds a solar cell into a paper airplane - research that is part of the Eni-MI...
- The study of water
- MIT's Aga Khan Professor of Architecture James Wescoat, who specializes in the study of water, uses a decidedly interdisciplinary approach in his rese...
- Collective intelligence
- Thomas W. Malone, the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management discusses collective intelligence.
- Models that monitor
- Professor George C. Verghese discusses research and education in his group that develops and applies computational models of human physiology for clin...
- 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.
- This illustration features a new catalyst developed at MIT which consists of a molybdenum atom (yellow) bound to four oxygen atoms (red). This complex, known as molybdate, binds two molecules of carbon dioxide (carbon atoms are gray), which can later be released to create organic compounds.
- President Reif and Secretary Pritzker, who work together through President Obama's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership
- Anant Agarwal (left), an MIT electrical-engineering professor and president of Harvard and MIT's online-learning initiative edX, and Isaac Chuang, an MIT physicist and associate director of MIT's Office of Digital Learning, chat between sessions with Eric Lander (center), director of MIT and Harvard's joint Broad Institute and co-chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
- Cynthia Dwork, distinguished scientist at Microsoft Research and pioneer of "differential privacy," the most mathematically rigorous notion of data privacy