Where Einstein Meets Edison

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...

NextLab: Can a Cellphone Change the World?

NextLab: Can a Cellphone Change the World?

Sep 14, 2010

Jhonatan Rotberg stands in front of an attentive audience in the MIT NextLab classroom. “You have to remember what this is all about,” he exclaims. “It’s about the practical application of what you’re proposing!” This message resonates throughout the classroom, with a sea of nodding heads and t-shirts emblazoned with the bold tagline: “Can you make...

Leveraging Data to Transform a Dinosaur

Leveraging Data to Transform a Dinosaur

Aug 24, 2010

The MIT SENSEable Lab is following trash from the home to the landfill. This is why you should care. Do you know where your trash goes after you put it at the curb?  If not, then you are in good company.  According to a 2006 poll reported by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, about 1 in 3 US citizens do not know either.[1]  Every week,...

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...