Research Stories

Robotic palm mimics human touch

MIT CSAIL researchers enhance robotic precision with sophisticated tactile sensors in the palm and agile fingers, setting the stage for improvements in human-robot interaction and prosthetic technology.

Researchers develop a detector for continuously monitoring toxic gases

The material could be made as a thin coating to analyze air quality in industrial or home settings over time.

Scientists develop an affordable sensor for lead contamination

The chip-scale device could provide sensitive detection of lead levels in drinking water, whose toxicity affects 240 million people worldwide.

Using MRI, engineers have found a way to detect light deep in the brain

The new technique could enable detailed studies of how brain cells develop and communicate with each other.

Seizing solar’s bright future

With laser-based precision tools for measuring and tuning materials, MIT spinout Optigon aims to rev up the energy transition.

MIT announces 2024 Bose Grants

The grants fund studies of clean hydrogen production, fetal health-sensing fabric, basalt architecture, and shark-based ocean monitoring.

A closed-loop drug-delivery system could improve chemotherapy

New CLAUDIA system could continuously monitor patients during an infusion and adjust dosage to maintain optimal drug levels.

Mapping the brain pathways of visual memorability

For the first time, researchers use a combination of MEG and fMRI to map the spatio-temporal human brain dynamics of a visual image being recognized.

Researchers detect a new molecule in space

Such discoveries help researchers better understand the development of molecular complexity in space during star formation.

Using deep learning to image the Earth’s planetary boundary layer

Lincoln Laboratory researchers are using AI to get a better picture of the atmospheric layer closest to Earth's surface. Their techniques could improve weather and drought prediction.