Research Stories

Giving robots a sense of touch

GelSight technology lets robots gauge objects’ hardness and manipulate small tools.

New center will push frontiers of sensing technology

First “center of excellence” for new MIT.nano facility will focus on novel detectors and imaging systems.

New method enables real-time monitoring of materials during irradiation

Technique will enable continuous measurement of damage to materials in high-radiation environments.

Exploring elusive high-energy particles in an unusual metal

Exotic metal displays behavior that could lead to new infrared detectors.

Speeding up quality control for biologics

Nanofluidic device enables rapid testing of protein drugs produced by living cells.

Nano-Scale 'Dream Team': 3 MIT Professors Use Tiniest Of Tools Against Cancer

Three MIT professors are innovating at the tiniest possible scale — developing tools to see, target and kill cancer cells before they can cause any harm.

High-resolution imaging with conventional microscopes

Tissue-expansion technique could allow scientists to map brain circuits.

Nanoparticles open new window for biological imaging

“Quantum dots” that emit infrared light enable highly detailed images of internal body structures.

New technology could offer cheaper, faster food testing

Specialized droplets interact with bacteria and can be analyzed using a smartphone. 

Toward printable, sensor-laden “skin” for robots

New 3-D-printed device mimics the goldbug beetle, which changes color when prodded.