Solar panels are getting thinner

Most efforts at improving solar cells have focused on increasing the efficiency of their energy conversion, or on lowering the cost of manufacturing. But now MIT researchers are opening another avenue for improvement, aiming to produce the thinnest and most lightweight solar panels possible.

Graphene-based systems could enable faster processing

Researchers at MIT have proposed a new system that combines ferroelectric materials — the kind often used for data storage — with graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon known for its exceptional electronic and mechanical properties.

Synthetic bones printed in the lab

MiIT researchers have developed a way of printing synthetic bones using a 3D printer in combination with two synthetic polymers that combine to give the same fracture behavior as bones.

Let your brain control your cellphone

Samsung is reportedly spending R&D money on developings ways to control a phone by the human brain.

Moore's Law works, says MIT

Moore's Law, the much-cited theory that rates of technological improvement increase exponentially over time - is true, say MIT researchers.

Video: Advanced algorithm teaches robots to improvise

When a robot performs an action, it is typically scripted and very precise.

Mercury once had vast lava ocean

Mercury may once have had a large ocean of magma, Messenger data shows, shortly after its formation about 4.5 billion years ago.

Quad HD chip handles HEVC in real time

MIT researchers have unveiled an ultra-high-definition, or Quad HD, chip, the first to be able to handle the new HEVC video standard in real time.

MIT chip makes photos look better

Smartphone snapshots could be instantly converted into perfectly-lit professional-looking photographs, thanks to a processor chip developed at MIT.

Living in a post-Aaron Swartz world

Even if you didn’t know who Aaron Swartz was previously, by now you’ve certainly read the news of his tragic passing at the age of 26.

In memory of Aaron Swartz

We just reported on the tragic death of Aaron Swartz, who took his life at the age of 26. Swartz co-created RSS when he was fourteen, and founded a company that eventually merged with Reddit.

New polymer harvests energy from water vapor

MIT engineers say they've found a way to generate electricity just by drawing on the water vapor in the air.

Robot hedgehogs could explore Martian moon

Rolling robots like spiky tumbleweeds could be used to explore the moons of Mars, says a team of NASA, Stanford and MIT engineers.

MIT finds new form of magnetism

MIT researchers have discovered a completely new type of magnetism, theorized but never before observed.

Is silicon's crown under threat?

A team of MIT researchers believe the semiconductor’s days as the king of microchips may be numbered - thanks to the development of the smallest transistor ever to be built from indium gallium arsenide.

MIT team sees the very first stars

Researchers at MIT, the California Institute of Technology, and the University of California at San Diego have peered so far back in time that they've found matter that pre-dates the creation of heavy elements.

'Transformer' robot can become almost anything

MIT engineers say they've created a miniature device that can fold itself up into amost any shape, opening the way for cheap, reconfigurable robots.

How paintballing could save the Earth

Crazy as it sounds, an MIT scientist is proposing that, if a dangerous asteroid approaches the Earth, it could be deflected by firing paintballs at it.

First ever sight of a black hole's rim

Astronomers have for the first time observed the event horizon of a black hole - the region where its pull is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape.

Tiny rocket thrusters to propel satellites

Thrusters no bigger than a penny could soon be moving satellites around, thanks to MIT engineers.