Scientists grew cardiac muscle cells on a thin polymer film, then tested the cells’ ability to contract. As they contract, the cells distort the shape of the polymer.
How my personal experiences prompted "Prescription: Networking."
Biomedical editor Emily Singer had a diffusion tensor scan, a variation of MRI that allows scientists to visualize the brain’s white matter, at UCLA. Neuroscientist Andrew Frew used brain imaging software from BrainLab to create these movies, highlighting different sections of white matter.
Over the last several years, vast amounts of natural gas have been found in the Marcellus shale that lies underneath vast areas of western New York, western and northern Pennsylvania, and parts of Ohio and West Virginia. If geologists are right, the Marcellus shale could be the world’s second-largest natural-gas field in the world. The natural gas is held tightly trapped in the shale, but advanced drilling techniques have made it economical to drill for the gas. Much of the activity is centered in the counties south of Pittsburgh.
Richard Haier, a psychologist and emeritus professor at the University of California, Irvine, explains how brain imaging is shedding light on intelligence.
Berkeley researcher Cyrus Wadia talks about his vision for the future of solar energy and demonstrates how to make a solar cell from fool’s gold.
What is the legacy of the Apollo program, and what can we learn from it to help us confront the scientific and engineering challenges of our own time? This short film kicked off the "Giant Leaps" Symposium commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing. The symposium was organized by the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, and held at MIT on June 11, 2009.
This video explains the Bokode concept of embedding small optical tags easily readable by normal cameras.
This robofish prototype, less than a foot long, swims via a single motor.
A student takes a tour of the Institute in the LOLrioKart.