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GelSight – retrographic sensing capable for super-high-resolution 3D imaging

By Damir Beciri
9 August 2011

gelsightMIT researchers have combined a simple physical interface with computer-vision algorithms to create GelSight – a portable imaging system that can achieve resolutions previously possible only with large and expensive lab equipment. The device could provide manufacturers with a way to inspect products too large to fit under a microscope and it shows potential for… »

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A small spherical inspection robot for nuclear reactor underground pipes

By Damir Beciri
21 July 2011

mit-spherical-robot-for-nuclear-plantsCurrently, nuclear powerplant inspectors use indirect methods to monitor buried piping by generating a voltage gradient to identify areas where pipe coatings may have corroded, and by using ultrasonic waves to screen lengths of pipe for cracks. A team of researchers from MIT is developing small, egg-sized robots designed to inspect nuclear reactor underground pipes… »

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Storing solar energy indefinitely now possible thanks to carbon nanotubes

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments18 July 2011

mit-storing-solar-energy-1The idea of reversibly storing solar energy in chemical bonds is gaining a lot of attention these days. A group of researchers from MIT have developed a novel application of carbon nanotubes which shows potential as an effective approach to store solar energy for use whenever it’s needed. The method simplifies the process by combining… »

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MIT research led to simpler printing of photovoltaic cells on paper or fabric

By Damir Beciri
One Comment11 July 2011

mit-paper-printed-solar-cells-1Almost as cheaply and easily as printing a photo on your inkjet, an inexpensive, simple solar cell can be created by special “inks” deposited on the paper. The researchers from MIT came with a process essentially the same as the one used to make the silvery lining on packages you see in everyday groceries –… »

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CATRA – a new affordable technology for cataract diagnose

By Rob Aid
4 Comments1 July 2011

catra-prot-cellphoneCataracts are the leading cause of blindness worldwide, with over 48% of world blindness caused by age related cataracts. Existing diagnostic methods require Slit-lamps, which require a trained physician to interpret the  results and aren’t affordable. Researchers from MIT have developed a simple device that can clip onto an ordinary smartphone or a tablet and… »

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‘Sensing skin’ could be used to detect potential cracks in structures

By Damir Beciri
30 June 2011

sensing-skin-researchersUnlike other researchers who are developing self-repairing materials, civil engineers at MIT cooperated with physicists at the University of Potsdam, Germany, went in a different direction and developed a flexible skin-like fabric with electrical properties which could be applied to areas of structures where cracks are likely to appear and be used to detect cracks… »

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Bioengineered algae could be used to produce hydrogen from water

By Rob Aid
3 Comments24 May 2011

mit-hydrogen-producing-algae-1Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria are capable to use the energy from sunlight in order to produce compounds needed for their own survival, and during that process they split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and carbon-free fuel for the future. A group of researchers found a way to… »

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HR3D – glasses-free 3D display using dual-stacked LCDs

By Damir Beciri
6 May 2011

mit-hr3d-researchersResearchers at MIT’s Media Lab have developed a new approach to glasses-free 3D displays, called High-Rank 3D (HR3D) Display, and they claim it could double the battery life of devices like the Nintendo 3DS without compromising screen brightness or resolution, expand the viewing angle of a 3D screen, and it would maintain the 3D effect… »