Tests show high-temperature superconducting magnets are ready for fusion

Detailed study of magnets built by MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems confirms they meet requirements for an economic, compact fusion power plant.

David L. Chandler | MIT News • mit
yesterday ~13 min

Study unlocks nanoscale secrets for designing next-generation solar cells

The work will help researchers tune surface properties of perovskites, a promising alternative and supplement to silicon, for more efficient photovoltaics.

David L. Chandler | MIT News • mit
Feb. 28, 2024 ~10 min

New AI model could streamline operations in a robotic warehouse

By breaking an intractable problem into smaller chunks, a deep-learning technique identifies the optimal areas for thinning out traffic in a warehouse.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
Feb. 27, 2024 ~7 min

MIT engineers 3D print the electromagnets at the heart of many electronics

The printed solenoids could enable electronics that cost less and are easier to manufacture — on Earth or in space.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
Feb. 23, 2024 ~8 min

Researchers harness 2D magnetic materials for energy-efficient computing

An MIT team precisely controlled an ultrathin magnet at room temperature, which could enable faster, more efficient processors and computer memories.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
Feb. 22, 2024 ~8 min

Electrons become fractions of themselves in graphene, study finds

An exotic electronic state observed by MIT physicists could enable more robust forms of quantum computing.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
Feb. 21, 2024 ~9 min

Automated method helps researchers quantify uncertainty in their predictions

An easy-to-use technique could assist everyone from economists to sports analysts.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
Feb. 21, 2024 ~7 min

Smart glove teaches new physical skills

Adaptive smart glove from MIT CSAIL researchers can send tactile feedback to teach users new skills, guide robots with more precise manipulation, and help train surgeons and pilots.

Alex Shipps | MIT CSAIL • mit
Feb. 20, 2024 ~8 min

3D printing promises more efficient ways to make custom explosives and rocket propellants

‘Energetic’ materials are ones that readily ignite or detonate. The shapes of those materials have a big effect on how they burn or blow up.

Monique McClain, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University • conversation
Feb. 20, 2024 ~8 min

New model identifies drugs that shouldn’t be taken together

Using a machine-learning algorithm, researchers can predict interactions that could interfere with a drug’s effectiveness.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
Feb. 20, 2024 ~6 min