Research Stories

How “2D” materials expand

A new technique that accurately measures how atom-thin materials expand when heated could help engineers develop faster, more powerful electronic devices.

MIT engineers develop a low-cost terahertz camera

The device provides greater sensitivity and speed than previous versions, and could be used for industrial inspection, airport security, and communications.

Can your phone tell if a bridge is in good shape?

A new study suggests mobile data collected while traveling over bridges could help evaluate their integrity.

Nanosensors target enzymes to monitor and study cancer

By analyzing enzyme activity at the organism, tissue, and cellular scales, new sensors could provide new tools to clinicians and cancer researchers.

Machine learning facilitates “turbulence tracking” in fusion reactors

A new approach sheds light on the behavior of turbulent structures that can affect the energy generated during fusion reactions, with implications for reactor design.

Using sound to model the world

This machine-learning system can simulate how a listener would hear a sound from any point in a room.

Magnetic sensors track muscle length

Using a new technology, researchers hope to create better control systems for prosthetic limbs.

MIT engineers develop sensors for face masks that help gauge fit

The system measures biological and environmental changes, and detects contact between the mask and the wearer’s skin.

Method for decoding asteroid interiors could help aim asteroid-deflecting missions

Astronomers have found a way to determine an asteroid’s interior structure based on how its spin changes during a close encounter with Earth.

MADMEC winner identifies sustainable greenhouse-cooling materials

Prizes in the materials science competition also went to a waste-monitoring device and a nanofiber-based yarn.