Synthetic fiber ‘muscles’ could lead to brawny robots and prosthetics

Most attempts at giving robots muscles tend to be heavy, slow or both. Scientists might finally have a solution that's both light and nimble, though. They've developed fibers that can serve as artificial muscles for robots while remaining light, re...

Computer password inventor Fernando Corbato dies at 93

Computer security just lost one of its founders. Fernando "Corby" Corbato, credited with inventing the computer password, has died at the age of 93. The MIT researcher devised the concept of password-protected user accounts when establishing his Co...

MIT team draws on cucumbers to develop surprisingly strong artificial muscles

The tiny coils in the fiber developed by MIT researchers curl even tighter when warmed up

To develop a new artificial muscle for robots MIT researchers are taking inspiration from an unlikely source – the cucumber. It's not the fruit of the plant that's good for sandwiches and salads that the engineers are interested in, but the tightly coiled tendrils that wrap themselves around solid objects to support the growing plant by corkscrewing and pulling with surprising force.

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MIT supercharges cancer immunotherapy with a booster vaccine

T cells (red) and B cells (blue) in the lymph nodes, after the vaccine CAR-T cell ...

Our bodies have powerful built-in defenses in the form of the immune system, but sometimes it needs an extra push. Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell therapy involves reprogramming T-cells to hunt down cancer, which has been effective against blood cancers but not so much against solid tumors. Now, scientists at MIT have found a way to supercharge the technique with a vaccine booster.

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MIT study identifies dynamic drug duo that's surprisingly effective against cancer

The top image shows a cell undergoing normal cell division, while the bottom three images show ...

A huge range of drugs are in development to help fight cancer, but sometimes they work better in pairs than alone. Now researchers at MIT have identified a surprising new dynamic drug duo, combining two classes that are already beginning to be widely used. Interestingly, the combo appears to work in a completely different way to what scientists previously expected.

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Lego-like assembly system uses just five parts to assemble complex robots

MIT graduate student Will Langford developed a machine that’s like a cross between a 3-D printer ...

All living things are built with 20 amino acids in myriad combinations, so why not machines and robots? This is the inspiration for a novel fabrication method from MIT which employs a handful of multi-use parts to create all manner of tiny machines. Machines that eventually, may even be able to build themselves.

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Ultra-clear aerogel designed for better, less costly solar collectors

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We may hear a lot about photovoltaic panels, but solar collectors are also quite useful – the devices collect heat from sunlight, which is used in applications such as the heating of homes. Now, MIT has announced the development of a new material that could make them cheaper and more efficient than ever.

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