Deciphering the language of transcription factors
September 10, 2012A new method identifies the precise binding sites of transcription factors — proteins that regulate the production of other proteins — with 10 times the accuracy of its predecessors.
Study maps pollution’s pathway to the Arctic, sets path for future research
September 10, 2012MIT researchers have built a model that will be further developed as part of an NSF-funded project to track how chemicals get to remote Arctic environments.
Weapon-wielding marine microbes may protect populations from foes
September 6, 2012In some populations, natural antibiotics are produced by a few individuals whose closest relatives carry genes conferring resistance.
Ekaterina Paramonova: A nuclear networker
September 5, 2012Undergraduate on a unique career track that intriguingly combines nuclear engineering and diplomacy.
Mapping neurological disease
September 5, 2012New algorithm can analyze information from medical images to identify diseased areas of the brain and connections with other regions.
Protein impedes microcirculation of malaria-infected red blood cells
August 30, 2012MIT-led research team finds that protein significantly reduces infected cells’ ability to squeeze through tiny channels compared to healthy cells.
A one-way street for spinning atoms
August 30, 2012Work correlating ultracold atoms’ spin with their direction of motion may help physicists model new circuit devices and unusual phases of matter.
Researchers engineer light-activated skeletal muscle
August 30, 2012Technique may enable robotic animals that move with the strength and flexibility of their living counterparts.
Connoisseur of chaos
August 29, 2012Where other roboticists try to suppress the complex dynamics of mechanical systems, Russ Tedrake exploits them, to make control more efficient and versatile.
Making crowdsourcing easier
August 24, 2012A new system for crowdsourcing database operations spares the user from worrying about the computational details but improves cost effectiveness.
Teaching a microbe to make fuel
August 21, 2012Genetically modified organism could turn carbon dioxide or waste products into a gasoline-compatible transportation fuel.
Patterning defect-free nanocrystal films with nanometer resolution
August 20, 2012New process developed at MIT could enable better LED displays, solar cells and biosensors — and foster basic physics research.
Success of engineered tissue depends on where it’s grown
August 15, 2012Cells grown on different types of scaffolds vary in their ability to help repair damaged blood vessels.
The wisdom of crowds
August 10, 2012A recent paper out of Manolis Kellis' group shows the wisdom of crowds when it comes to selecting methods for analyzing gene regulatory networks.
Soft autonomous robot inches along like an earthworm
August 10, 2012Flexible design enables body-morphing capability.
New router enhances the precision of woodworking
August 8, 2012Handheld device precisely follows a digital plan with minimal guidance from a user.
DUSP, Consensus Building Institute team awarded grant for climate change role-play project
August 6, 2012Awarded $637,000 to develop joint project.
Writing graphics software gets much easier
August 2, 2012A new programming language for image-processing algorithms yields code that’s much shorter and clearer — but also faster.