3Q: Jeffrey Ravel on the French past and our future
April 5, 2013With MIT hosting a global French history conference, a look at the international growth of — and changes in — the field.
Inspiration from a porcupine’s quills
December 10, 2012Understanding the mechanisms behind quill penetration and extraction could help engineers design better medical devices.
Medical devices powered by the ear itself
November 7, 2012For the first time, researchers power an implantable electronic device using an electrical potential — a natural battery — deep in the inner ear.
Soft autonomous robot inches along like an earthworm
August 10, 2012Flexible design enables body-morphing capability.
New aircraft capable of fast, accurate and repeatable flight
July 26, 2012CSAIL's Robot Locomotion Group unveils new computer-controlled aircraft that can perform knife-edge turns.
How spider webs achieve their strength
February 2, 2012It’s not just the strength of the silk itself, a new study finds; the silk’s way of stretching and the structure of the whole web help it resist damage.
Speed limit for birds
January 20, 2012MIT researchers find critical speed above which birds — and drones — are sure to crash.