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Low-cost ‘nano-camera’ can operate at the speed of light

By Maja Bosanac
29 November 2013

mit-imaging-1MIT engineers have devised a nano-camera that can operate at the speed of light. Among other things, this 3D camera could be used in medical imaging, collision-avoidance detectors for vehicles, and for better motion tracking and gesture-recognition in interactive gaming. Aside having good properties, this novel camera is also affordable since its price is expected… »

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inFORM system – morphing relief as a Tangible User Interface

By Damir Beciri
8 November 2013

mit-inform-system-1A group of researchers at MIT developed a prototype of a Tangible User Interface (TUI) with ability to dynamically create user interfaces by altering its layout. Named inFORM, the system id built on top of grid-like shape-changing display. It could make use of the way we perceive objects to create an intuitive interface with logical… »

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Improved neutron-based microscope could lead to new breakthroughs in science

By Damir Beciri
14 October 2013

mit-neutron-microscope-1A group of researchers at MIT cooperated with partners at NASA to develop a new concept for a microscope which relies on particles to create high-resolution images. The fact they decided to use neutrons instead electrons allows the neutron-based microscope to probe inside metal objects — such as fuel cells, batteries, and engines, even when… »

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M-Blocks – simple modules for self-assembling robots

By Damir Beciri
11 October 2013

mit-m-blocks-1Despite the fact they are small cubes with no exterior moving parts, M-Blocks robots can propel themselves forward, jump on top of each other, and snap together to form more complex shapes. What makes them different from other examples of modular robotic cubes we previously wrote about is their simplicity because MIT researchers decided to… »

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Computation, 3D printing, and testing of bone-inspired composites

By Damir Beciri
One Comment25 June 2013

mit-3d-printed-oysterResearchers at MIT have developed an approach that allows them to create physical sample of a multiscale computer model of a synthetic material. The approach allows creation of complex hierarchical patterns such as bones. The process could be scaled up to provide a cost-effective way to manufacture composite materials that are tailored for specific functions… »

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SolarClave system employs Sun to sterilize medical equipment

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments28 February 2013

mit-solarclaveIn Nicaragua, a relatively low number of health centers which serve six million people are currently backed up by around 1,300 “health posts” that provide emergency care, obstetric services and the occasional baby delivery. Most of these posts either lack equipment to sterilize surgical tools and bandages or have kerosene-powered autoclaves, but a team of… »

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CRISPR method – easier and more precise genome engineering

By Maja Bosanac
19 January 2013

crispr-dnaA group of researchers from MIT, the Broad Institute, and Rockefeller University, have developed a new technique for precise genetic alteration of living cells by inserting or deleting genes. In order to create new genome-editing technique, the researchers modified a set of bacterial proteins that normally protect bacteria from viruses. According to researchers, the technology… »

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Mussel glue inspires bioadhesive gel for blood vessels

By Damir Beciri
13 December 2012

musselsAn interdisciplinary team of researchers, led by researchers from MIT and Harvard University, has been inspired by mussels and their ability to cling to rocks, piers and boat hulls, to develop a bioadhesive gel that may find its use in various medical applications. Current version of the gel enables it to be painted onto the… »