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.

New glasses-free 3D technology allows for multiple viewers

Nintendo’s 3DS glasses-free 3D gaming device has been on sale for only a month - but it's already redundant, thanks to work from MIT.

Planet is almost as dense as lead

Astronomers have discovered the densest rocky planet yet. Named 55 Cancri e, it's 60 per cent larger in diameter than Earth but eight times as massive - making it twice as dense as Earth, and almost as dense as lead.

Viruses do assembly work for solar cells

Researchers at MIT have enlisted viruses to help assemble solar cells and improve their performance.

MIT fog collector provides clean water from thin air

An MIT team has improved on existing systems to allow people in water-starved countries to harvest water from fog.

FTP is now a 40-year-old protocol

One of the most important protocols on the Internet is marking 40 years since its debut in April 1971, when it was referred to simply as RFC 114.

MIT uses smartphone motion sensors to improve wireless connectivity

Wireless communication has shifted over the years, from widespread radio access to limited range WiFi and cell coverage.

MIT develops low-cost artificial leaf

MIT scientists have created what they say is the world's first practical 'artificial leaf', a solar cell the size of a playing card that mimics photosynthesis.

Scientists hope to check Martian surface for earthling DNA

MIT research scientists are planning to check whether we're all Martians, descended from organisms that were carried here aboard meteorites.

Speed of light limiting stock trading, says physicist

Stock exchange trades now happen so quickly that the speed of light has become a factor, and exchanges may have to be relocated as a result, say researchers.

Cloaking technology takes big step forward

MIT scientists have discovered a new cloaking technology that can hide an object as large as a peppercorn.

MIT unveils holographic TV system

An MIT Media Lab team is recreating the famous scene from Star Wars in which a hologram of Princess Leia pleads with Obi-Wan Kenobi to help her, using a real-time holographic video system.

Room-temperature explosives scanner gets a step closer

MIT scientists have come a big step closer to creating an explosives scanner that's safer than X-ray scanning and can detect a wider range of substances.

MIT serves up food-related inventions

MIT's well-known Product Engineering Processes class - aka 2.009 - has come up with its inventions for the year, all of which are food-related.

MIT-designed wallets stop you splashing the cash

An MIT designer has created a wallet that becomes harder to open as you run out of money.

MIT finds new mode for fusion reactions

MIT's taken a step closer to practical fusion power with a technique that removes the contaminants that slow fusion reactions.

Technique promises indefinitely storable solar energy

MIT scientists are developing an alternative to photovoltaic and solar-thermal systems for capturing the sun's energy.

MIT develops mirror that tells you how healthy you are

You may feel that your mirror already gives you more information than you really want first thing in the morning.

Solar funnel makes PV cells more efficient

One disadvantage of solar cells is that they take up a lot of  room - and not every building has enough space.