MIT researchers develop emissions-free cement production process

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have demonstrated an experimental way of manufacturing cement that releases no carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Currently, the production of cement for concrete accounts for about eight per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, leading to calls for architects to stop using it. However MIT‘s materials scientists are exploring […]

MIT creates blackest black that is darker than Vantablack

MIT engineers have created a blackest black coating from carbon nanotubes that is reportedly 10 times darker than any material created before, including Vantablack. The coating, which is made from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (CNT) grown on chlorine-etched aluminium foil, can absorb 99.995 percent of visible light. “Our material is 10 times blacker than anything that’s […]

MIT Media Lab director resigns after allegedly covering up Jeffrey Epstein donations

Joichi Ito has stepped down as director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab after The New Yorker magazine claimed he made efforts to hide donations from American businessman and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Ito’s resignation from the research laboratory on 7 September came one day after the magazine reported that he had tried […]

Start-up Atolla harnesses AI to make personalised skincare products

Data meets dermatology at Brooklyn-based skincare start-up Atolla, launched by an MIT engineer who has applied machine-learning algorithms to fix problem skin. The Atolla Skin Health System works by giving users testing kits to measure the exact characteristics of their skin — specifically, its hydration, oil, pH and absorption. It then sends them a face […]

MIT creates battery-free sensor for deep-sea and extraterrestrial exploration

An underwater internet of things monitoring the effects of climate change or sampling waters on distant planets is the dream of a group of MIT researchers who have created a battery-free underwater sensor. The sensor is part of a communications system that avoids a key problem with underwater electronics, which is the pollution from the […]

MIT Media Lab faces investigation following revelations of ties to Jeffrey Epstein

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is to investigate Joichi Ito, the director of the school’s Media Lab, after it was revealed he accepted donations from American businessman and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The New York Times reported news of the “fact-finding” mission yesterday, after obtaining an email sent by the university’s president L Rafael Reif to […]

MIT researchers engineer “cyborg” plants for motion-tracking and sending notifications

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology‘s “cyborg botany” researchers have turned plants into sensors and displays, suggesting we use them as a gentle alternative to electronic screens. Harpreet Sareen and Pattie Maes from the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group have been researching how to merge plants and artificial electronics to create new interfaces. “Plants are normally […]

Neri Oxman builds with melanin for Totems project

Neri Oxman‘s Mediated Matter Group at MIT has designed an installation using melanin — and says the skin pigment will inevitably be used in architecture. A new commission for the XXII Triennale di Milano, the Totems sculpture features flesh-coloured plumes, formed by injecting liquid melanin into intricate channels within a 3D-printed transparent brick. It is based […]

BIG unveils Oceanix City concept for floating villages that can withstand hurricanes

Architecture firm BIG has designed a concept for a floating city of 10,000 people that could help populations threatened by extreme weather events and rising sea levels. BIG founder Bjarke Ingels unveiled the scheme yesterday at a round-table discussion on floating cities at the United Nations’s New York headquarters. Called Oceanix City, the concept consists […]

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