Research Stories

Robot takes contact-free measurements of patients’ vital signs

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

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.

The factory of the future, batteries not included

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

Are we still listening to space?

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

An automated health care system that understands when to step in

Machine learning system from MIT CSAIL can look at chest X-rays to diagnose pneumonia — and also knows when to defer to a radiologist.

Integrated lightwave electronics

MIT researchers develop integrated lightwave electronic circuits to detect the phase of ultrafast optical fields.

A new way to control experimentation with dreams

Device not only helps record dream reports, but also guides dreams toward particular themes.

Exhaled biomarkers can reveal lung disease

Specialized nanoparticles create a “breath signal” that could be used to diagnose pneumonia and other infectious or genetic diseases.

A mechanical way to stimulate neurons

Magnetic nanodiscs can be activated by an external magnetic field, providing a research tool for studying neural responses.

Researchers develop new materials for energy and sensing

MIT and Northwestern researchers create hybrid perovskite materials that could help improve the quality of solar cells and light sources.