Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Argonne-led Study Highlights Public Transit’s Critical Role Across Chicago

Research shows crucial role of Chicago’s public transit in maintaining mobility, economic stability, and supporting vulnerable populations A study by Argonne and MIT reveals the significant impacts of losing public transit in the Chicago region, from pollution spikes to increased traffic congestion to economic downturns. Public transit is vital to Chicago’s metropolitan … [continued]

ChatGPT & DALL-E generated panoramic image of a major highway truck stop exclusively servicing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, including trucks, cars, and motorcycles.

Wait, What? Two New Hydrogen Motorcycle Projects Keep The Hopium Coming

In today’s news that makes you go hmmm.… A couple of recent news items from some well-known organizations caught my eye, not just because they are both working on hydrogen fuel cell motorcycle projects, but also because the names of both institutions have a certain cachet in the tech world … [continued]

A new MIT platform enables researchers to “grow” halide perovskite nanocrystals with precise control over the location and size of each individual crystal, integrating them into nanoscale light-emitting diodes. Pictured is a rendering of a nanocrystal array emission. Credit: Sampson Wilcox, MIT RLE

Researchers Grow Precise Arrays of nanoLEDs, Perovskite Nanocrystals

A new technique produces perovskite nanocrystals right where they’re needed, so the exceedingly delicate materials can be integrated into nanoscale devices.

Megawatt Electrical Motor Designed By MIT Engineers Could Help Electrify Aviation

Aviation’s huge carbon footprint could shrink significantly with electrification. To date, however, only small all-electric planes have gotten off the ground. Their electric motors generate hundreds of kilowatts of power. To electrify larger, heavier jets, such as commercial airliners, megawatt-scale motors are required. These would be propelled by hybrid or … [continued]

How Do “2D” Materials Expand?

Have you ever sat around and wondered how 2D materials expand? Me neither, but if you have, then a team of researchers may have solved the answer to the question. First, 2D materials consist of just a single layer of atoms that can be densely packed together, unlike conventional materials. … [continued]

MIT Engineers Devise a Recipe for Improving Any Autonomous Robotic System

A new general-purpose optimizer can speed up the design of walking robots, self-driving vehicles, and other autonomous systems. Courtesy of Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office Autonomous robots have come a long way since the fastidious Roomba. In recent years, artificially intelligent systems have been deployed in self-driving cars, last-mile food delivery, … [continued]

Capturing Light From Heat At Record 40% Efficiency, NREL Makes Big Strides In Thermophotovoltaics

NREL’s New Cell Exceeds Previous Efficiency Record by More Than 8 Percentage Points, Unlocking More Efficient Thermal Energy Storage Applications The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has a long history of building solar cells that capture light from the sun at record-setting efficiencies. But the sun is not the only light … [continued]