Artificial solar leaf comes to life

Following a major breakthrough this summer, researchers from MIT, led by professor Daniel Nocera, have announced that the much-talked-about "artificial leaf" is now a reality. 



Wireless sensors powered by good vibrations


MIT researchers are claiming a key advance in overcoming an impediment to taking full advantage of wireless sensors, the little devices that can be used to monitor faraway infrastructure. 



Aerobic life existed 300 million years earlier than thought

Oxygen may have been sustaining life in Earth's oceans long before there was any trace of it in the atmosphere.

New drug could cure all viral infections

Researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Lab say they've designed a drug that could potentially cure the common cold, flu and even Ebola as well as other viral diseases.

New compound improves solar heat storage


In Spain, a solar power plant using molten salt to store heat recently produced power for 24 uninterrupted hours. 

But could there be an even better way to retain energy captured from the sun?

Hacker charged with stealing academic papers

A 24-year-old programmer has stolen millions of documents from MIT - or just been an over-enthusiastic reader, depending on who you listen to.

Team develops tools to edit DNA

MIT and Harvard researchers say they can edit the genetic code of a living cell, allowing them to give cells new functions such as building proteins not found in nature, or engineering bacteria that are resistant to any viral infection.

MIT grows LED array in a beaker

MIT's developed a way to grow an entire electronic device in a flask of liquid. The team demonstrated the technique, called hydrothermal synthesis, by producing a working LED array made of zinc oxide nanowires in a microfluidic channel.

Computer learns human language to teach itself to play games

MIT's developed a machine-learning system that allows a computer to read the instructions for playing Civilization - in one of several different languages - and improve its game.

MIT prints solar cells - on paper

MIT's developed a technique to print out solar cells on paper, almost as cheaply and easily as printing a document.

Afghani city builds its own internet

With internet censorship sweeping the globe, one group in Afghanistan has the answer - build your own from cheap parts and trash.

Google system transfers open apps from a cellphone to a PC

A Google intern has come up with a clever little system that lets you transfer open applications between a computer and a cellphone simply by pointing the phone’s camera at the computer screen.

MIT speeds up graphics rendering

Aiming to make video games look as photorealistic as possible, designers often try to build in motion blur like that which appears in the movies. It simply doesn't look realistic without.

MIT battery could revolutionize electric cars

MIT reckons it's overcome one of the biggest barriers to the acceptance of electric cars - the time it takes recharging them - while at the same time halving the cost of batteries.

MIT persuades algae to make hydrogen fuel

Scientists at MIT, Tel Aviv University and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory say they've found a way to use algae to make four times as much fuel as before.

Do remanufactured products use more energy?

It stands to reason that remanufacturing a product – rather than manufacturing a new one from scratch – saves energy. Right?

Which technologies improve the fastest?

Some technologies have remained the same for centuries; others seem to change every five minutes. But how are researchers to know where it's worth investing time and money in looking for improvements?

Solar chair produces energy while you chill

Soft rock is all the rage these days on the MIT campus - SOFT Rockers, that is, a functional art installation by the institute’s school of architecture students, led by professor Sheila Kennedy.

Biofuels could be less green than fossil fuels, study shows

Biofuels may not be the greenest option for airlines after all, says MIT, and can sometimes result in higher greenhouse gas emissions than traditional fossil fuels.

Sensor detects tiniest trace of explosives

MIT's developed a new explosives detector so sensitive that it can pick up a single molecule of an explosive such as TNT.