Research Stories

Engineers produce a fisheye lens that’s completely flat

The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.

Rapid test for Covid-19 shows improved sensitivity

A CRISPR-based test developed at MIT and the Broad Institute can detect nearly as many cases as the standard Covid-19 diagnostic.

Helping robots avoid collisions

Realtime Robotics has created a controller that helps robots safely move around on the fly.

Highly sensitive trigger enables rapid detection of biological agents

The Rapid Agent Aerosol Detector developed at Lincoln Laboratory has demonstrated excellent accuracy in identifying toxic biological particles suspended in the air.

Monitoring sleep positions for a healthy rest

Wireless device captures sleep data without using cameras or body sensors; could aid patients with Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, or bedsores.

Velcro-like food sensor detects spoilage and contamination

Color-changing array of silk microneedles could help stem outbreaks and avoid food waste.

Robot takes contact-free measurements of patients’ vital signs

Mobile system could reduce health care workers’ exposure to Covid-19 virus.

The factory of the future, batteries not included

Everactive provides an industrial “internet of things” platform built on its battery-free sensors.

Real-time data for a better response to disease outbreaks

The startup Kinsa uses its smart thermometers to detect and track the spread of contagious illness before patients go to the hospital.

Are we still listening to space?

Despite the planet’s seeming standstill, graduate students continue to use LIGO to identify astrophysical events.