Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3D PRINTING

MIT’s Gooey New 3D Printer Is a Game Changer

The Self-Assembly Lab teamed up with an Michigan-based furniture company to develop a gel-based machine that can print pretty much anything—in minutes.
Beckett Mufson
4.27.17
Science

One of the World’s Strongest Materials Looks Like a Chunk of Coral

It's made of 3D printed graphene, the ultra-strong and lightweight carbon nanomaterial. And it could be great for building stuff in space.
Samantha Cole
1.8.17
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Future Robotic Muscles Could Be Made of Nylon

MIT researchers have figured out that by selectively heating parts of nylon fibers, they make fine-tuned movements.
Madison Margolin
11.28.16
MIT

Watch MIT Researchers Train Spinach Leaves to Be Bomb-Detectors

The enhanced plants sent email alerts about the dangerous substances they flagged.
Becky Ferreira
11.2.16
plants

Scientists Just Figured Out How to Turn Spinach Into a Bomb Detector

New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows how the spinach plant can be transformed into a device for detecting buried munitions.
Phoebe Hurst
11.1.16
short circuit

The First Print Shop for Paintings Made By Bots

Red Hook, Brooklyn, is now home to Artmatr Inc., a lab where you can come with an idea for a painting and the bot will make it for you exactly as you please.
Nadja Sayej
7.13.16
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Watch Scientists Demonstrate the Anti-Aging Powers of a 'Second Skin’

Maybe she’s born with it. Maybe it’s a tunable crosslinked polymer layer.
Becky Ferreira
5.9.16
Science

MIT Staff Found a Time Capsule 942 Years Early

Scientists who buried it in 1957 wanted it to be unearthed 1,000 years later.
Emiko Jozuka
11.18.15
Technology

Scientists Say This Robot Bartender Could Be More Efficient Than the Real Thing

MIT researchers have developed a “bartender” robot and two Turtlebot “waiters” that work together to deliver items in unpredictable environments such as hospitals, disaster situations, and—crucially—bars.
Phoebe Hurst
8.12.15
Culture

MIT Thinks It Can Get You to Use Bitcoin

MIT's new cryptocurrency think tank wants to work out the technology's kinks.
Jordan Pearson
4.16.15
Culture

MIT Students Can Get 'Credit for Reddit'

MIT began offering a Reddit research course last spring.
Jason Koebler
8.25.14