Where Einstein Meets Edison

Entrepreneurship Trends in Solar Energy & the MIT Perspective

Entrepreneurship Trends in Solar Energy & the MIT Perspective

Sep 14, 2010

Shortly after taking office as MIT’s 16th president in late 2004, Dr. Susan Hockfield announced the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) — a major new strategy that could forge a significant part of her legacy. MITEI’s aim is “to help transform the global energy system to meet the needs of the future and to help build a bridge to that future by...

Enabling Liquid Fuels in High Efficiency Fuel Cells

Enabling Liquid Fuels in High Efficiency Fuel Cells

Sep 14, 2010

Imagine filling up the fuel tank of your sedan and being able to drive from Boston to Atlanta on a single tank of gas1.  Imagine a ride so quiet; all you can hear as you drive through the mountains are the road and the wind.  While this may sound like a vision of the future, methanol fuel cells can make this possible. As global demand for low carbon emission...

The Cancer “Vaccine”

The Cancer “Vaccine”

Sep 14, 2010

$93,000 is a lot of money, but this tidy sum is the cost of a full treatment with Dendreon’s new prostate cancer therapeutic vaccine, Provenge™[1].  The new treatment, recently approved by the FDA[2], is indicated for use in minimally symptomatic, hormone refractory (androgen-independent), metastatic prostate cancer.  In such seriously ill patients, this...

Thermeleon and the Burgeoning Smart Materials Research at MIT

Thermeleon and the Burgeoning Smart Materials Research at MIT

Sep 14, 2010

Visitors to MIT’s hallowed “Infinite Corridor” will now encounter a bold new sight: at the far end of this grand artery in building 8 stands unveiled the gleaming Laboratory for Advanced Materials (LAM). The glittering glass facades offer a glimpse into what will eventually be a shared facility for the processing and characterization of a variety of...

Microbial Fuel Cells: A Potential Platform for the New Decade

Microbial Fuel Cells: A Potential Platform for the New Decade

Sep 14, 2010

From the rise of social media and hybrid cars to the completion of the Human Genome Project, scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs have made great strides over the last decade. We should be proud. Yet, despite our successes, we solved so few of the developing world’s most pertinent problems. Nearly half of the world’s population, more than 3 billion...

Delivering the siRNA Promise: Solutions to Intracellular Delivery and Why They Are Only Part of the Answer

Delivering the siRNA Promise: Solutions to Intracellular Delivery and Why They Are Only Part of the Answer

Apr 11, 2010

In 1989, researchers at the DNA Plant Technology Corporation in Oakland, CA attempted to over-express the enzyme responsible for the violet color of petunias.  They soon came to find that, instead of observing an even deeper violet color, their flowers had turned white.  The following years would be filled with further elucidation of a very mysterious...