MIT creates self-repairing solar cells

MIT rsearchers have created tiny solar cells that can repair themselves after damage from the sunlight they're designed to process.   

MIT robot 'swarm' cleans up oil spills

MIT has developed an autonomous floating robot that it says can absorb as much as 20 times its own weight in oil.

Virus-based battery to power US military

A new type of virus-based battery is under development for the US army and could soon be woven into military uniforms.

MIT turns Android into supercomputing platform

Take this, iPhone! Researchers over at MIT are now able to use Android phones to generate calculations that previously required a massive supercomputer.

Lunar explorer hops across the ground

An MIT team has teamed up with engineers from the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory to build a new type of lunar explorer that hops along the surface.

You may be getting faster broadband than you think

US broadband speeds aren't nearly as bad as they're painted, says MIT, thanks to a series of mis-estimates by a Federal Communications Commission survey.

MIT builds fibers that can hear and sing

MIT scientists have developed fibers that can detect and produce sound, and say they could be used to produce clothes that act as microphones.

New design could make the internet 100 times as fast

A new network design could increase internet speeds by 100 times, by removing the need to convert optical signals to electrical ones.

Holding something heavy makes people feel more serious

Stroking a white cat didn't seem to make Blofeld particularly affectionate in You Only Live Twice - but maybe he'd have been even nastier if he'd been holding a rock.

Gloves promise gesture-based computing on the cheap

They may look like something a clown would wear, but a pair of multi-coloured gloves could soon be de rigeur for gamers.

MIT presents new airplane designs to NASA

An MIT-led team has designed a green airplane for NASA that should use 70 percent less fuel than current planes while also reducing noise and nitrogen oxide emissions.

New reactor aims for fusion ignition

Russia and Italy have agreed to build a new fusion reactor outside Moscow that they hope could become the first to achieve ignition - the point where a fusion reaction becomes self-sustaining instead of requiring a constant input of energy.

MIT improves wireless power delivery system

MIT researchers have discovered that a wireless electricity delivery technique they invented three years ago works better when it's used to charge multiple devices at the same time.

MIT develops Surround Vision to let you peek at what's off-screen

Surround sound's just so old hat, says MIT, which has developed a system that does the same thing with images on ordinary handheld devices.

MIT neuroscientists can affect people's morals

Scientists have discovered your moral compass - and it's just behind your right ear. MIT researchers have found they can successfully alter people's moral judgments by disrupting a specific brain region.

MIT creates portable, low-powered desalinator

MIT and Korean researchers have developed a portable desalinator that could supply a small village using solar power.

MIT scientists design molecular-based chips

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have successfully designed a computer chip comprising hundreds of tiny molecules.

MIT finds new way to make electricity

MIT researchers have discovered a completely new way of producing electricity - and they don't fully understand how it works.

MIT aims to do away with cooks

MIT thinks it might be able to eliminate cooking forever through a series of research projects.