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This light-powered catalyst mimics photosynthesis

“The new molecule can improve the yield of reactions for generating pharmaceuticals and other useful compounds. By mimicking photosynthesis, the light-driven process that plants use to produce sugars, MIT researchers have designed a new type of photocatalyst that can absorb …

Giving robots social skills

“A new machine-learning system helps robots understand and perform certain social interactions. Robots can deliver food on a college campus and hit a hole-in-one on the golf course, but even the most sophisticated robot can’t perform basic social interactions …

Radio-frequency wave scattering improves fusion simulations

“By incorporating the scattering of RF waves into fusion simulations, MIT physicists improve heating and current drive predictions for fusion plasmas. In the quest for fusion energy, understanding how radio-frequency (RF) waves travel (or “propagate”) in the turbulent interior of …

A new way to generate light using pre-existing defects in semiconductors

“SMART researchers demonstrate a practical way to make indium gallium nitride LEDs with considerably higher indium concentration. Researchers from the Low Energy Electronic Systems (LEES) interdisciplinary research group at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s …

Creating dynamic symmetry in quantum systems

“MIT researchers develop a new way to control and measure energy levels in a diamond crystal; could improve qubits in quantum computers. Physicists and engineers have long been interested in creating new forms of matter, those not typically found in …

Engineers report a major advance in creating a new family of semiconductor materials

“Ultrastable and made of inexpensive, nontoxic elements, chalcogenide perovskites could find applications in solar cells, lighting, and more. MIT engineers report creating the first high-quality thin films of a new family of semiconductor materials. The feat, which lead researcher Rafael …

One autonomous taxi, please

“Self-driving Roboats, developed at MIT, set sea in Amsterdam canals. If you don’t get seasick, an autonomous boat might be the right mode of transportation for you. Scientists from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and …

Accelerating the discovery of new materials for 3D printing

“A new machine-learning system costs less, generates less waste, and can be more innovative than manual discovery methods. The growing popularity of 3D printing for manufacturing all sorts of items, from customized medical devices to affordable homes, has created more …

Artificial networks learn to smell like the brain

“When asked to classify odors, artificial neural networks adopt a structure that closely resembles that of the brain’s olfactory circuitry. Using machine learning, a computer model can teach itself to smell in just a few minutes. When it does …

New fibers can make breath-regulating garments

“A new kind of fiber developed by researchers at MIT and in Sweden can be made into clothing that senses how much it is being stretched or compressed, and then provides immediate tactile feedback in the form of pressure, lateral …