Research Stories

Technique could boost resolution of tissue imaging as much as tenfold

Approach developed by MIT engineers surmounts longstanding problem of light scattering within biological tissue and other complex materials.

Ingestible, expanding pill monitors the stomach for up to a month

Soft, squishy device could potentially track ulcers, cancers, and other GI conditions over the long term.

Mapping the brain at high resolution

New 3-D imaging technique can reveal, much more quickly than other methods, how neurons connect throughout the brain.

Technique identifies electricity-producing bacteria

Microbes screened with a new microfluidic process might be used in power generation or environmental cleanup.

Scope advance gives first look through all cortical layers of the awake brain

Substantial refinements of three-photon microscopy allow for novel discoveries in neuroscience.

Terahertz laser for sensing and imaging outperforms its predecessors

High-power, tunable design could be used for chemical detection in outer space, medical imaging, more.

Technique inspired by dolphin chirps could improve tests of soft materials

Method can be used to quickly characterize any soft, rapidly changing substance, such as clotting blood or drying cement.

With these nanoparticles, a simple urine test could diagnose bacterial pneumonia

Results could also indicate whether antibiotics have successfully treated the infection.

Detecting dengue, Zika, and chikangunya within minutes

MIT spinoff is changing the way mosquito-borne illnesses are diagnosed and aims to influence how public health officials react to disease outbreaks.

Inexpensive chip-based device may transform spectrometry

Tiny device could replace expensive lab-scale equipment for many applications.