Approximately 176 million women and girls worldwide suffer from endometriosis; 8.5 million in North America alone. Associated costs of the disease are estimated to be a staggering $22 billion annually
. The pain can be debilitating and infertility is a common outcome. Yet after decades of research, the jury is still out on what causes it, and many doctors still don't even know when they should be looking for it. Now, a group of researchers at MIT have taken a new approach, one with a characteristic engineering slant
MIT Media Lab's Silk Pavilion
, a geometric structure machine-woven with silk thread and then reinforced by the efforts of 6500 silkworms. Watch the beautifully-done making-of video
Defense contractor takes break from F-35 JSF, finds a way to eliminate 99% of the energy cost of desalination.
Lockheed-Martin has developed a way to craft sheets of carbon a single atom thick, which can filter the salt (and just about anything else) from water with a tiny fraction of the energy required by current processes. "Lockheed officials see other applications for Perforene as well, from dialysis in healthcare to cleaning chemicals from the water used in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," of oil and gas wells." Previously
MIT is leading an NSF-funded project with researchers from University of Pennsylvania and Harvard that aims to enable anyone to "design, customize and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours."
Constructed from "cyber-physical primitives," the robots (some early examples here
) would be able to be made in bulk on demand and could help change the entire workflow of device and robot creation, from engineering to warehousing to assembly.
is the all-online student publication for MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing
. [more inside]
The internet is full of answers, and some of them might even be true. For almost 20 years
, the the Newton BBS
has been a source of answers to science questions that may be accessed directly via the Web
as well as through telnet
(no public telnet access any more
, sorry). The Newton BBS "Ask A Scientist" archive
has answers from 15 science fields, from astronomy to zoology, for a total of more than 20,000 questions answered. This was covered previously
, and the site is aimed at teachers and students from grades K-12, so io9's Ask a Physicist
questions (with answers from Dr. Dave Goldberg
) might be more engaging. See also: MIT's Ask An Engineer
Researchers at MIT and in Korea have developed
a new, efficient desalinization nanotechnology
that could theoretically lead to small, portable units
powered by solar cells or batteries, yet deliver enough potable fresh water from seawater to supply the needs of a family or small village
. As an added bonus, the system would simultaneously remove many contaminants, viruses and bacteria. MIT Press Release
and Supplementary Information
from Nature Nanotechnology. (pdf) [more inside]
Visionary Engineer : the Harold 'Doc' Edgerton digital collection
consolidates the large body of work by the pioneer of stroboscopic high-speed photography. Iconic pictures
, for instance. [via Slice of MIT
] [more inside]
MIT TechTV [beta]
. Like YouTube for braniacs (minus the scandalous invasion of privacy)
Knight Science Journalism Tracker
is a new-ish blog (project of a program at MIT
and Charles Petit) that follows science writing and reporting in a very wide range of publications. It's a good way to learn about how science news is reported, and
an efficient way to keep up with the news itself. [some recent examples]
This year, MIT is free.
Well, not really -- you won't get the degree, and you won't get to talk to the top minds in science or stay in a really cool dorm
. But OpenCourseWare
provides, as Wired puts it
, "Every lecture [sometimes on video, sometimes only the notes], every handout, every quiz." Curious about Psycholinguistics
? Urban Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment
? Non-linear Programming
? Cognitive & Behavioral Genetics
? String Theory for Undergraduates
? They are in Kenya.
It's about Time
this guy was recognized with accolades as the premiere whistleblower in the US. Just think of all the tax money that could be saved if everyone learned what Postol already knows!
Is NMD more theology than science? It would appear so.
of vision science at MIT understands that life isn't just black and white, even though we often see it that way. This
amazing illusion proves it, and these
slick, fast-loading, Flash demonstrations of lightness perception show how it's done. (My favorite is the "Koffka Ring
".) White paper here
, for deeper background.
M.I.T. Physicist Says Pentagon Is Trying To Silence Him.
(NYTimes, registration required) So, it appears that the Pentagon commissions a panel to "review" ("refute"?) a contrary assessment of antimissile technology, but when an unintended byproduct of that review is more
criticism of said technology, they pull this little snow job? I guess we've heard this song before, but it's still laughable. Interesting comment from the Brass: "just because it is made public doesn't mean it's declassified." I guess he must mean "authorized", because for my money, that's exactly
what it means.
look ma no pocket protector!
-- and no clothes either. i trolled around the site this article refers to for a while and clearly the weirdest thing is that the whole project is essentially a resume. a riot.