Device Harvests Water From Desert Air

Field tested system could provide drinking water in extremely arid locations (Researchers at MIT have developed a new device that is able to extract moisture from very dry air. Image: Courtesy of the researchers)   (March 22, David L. Chandler, MIT News Office) It seems like getting something for nothing, but you really can get…

Engineers Design “Tree-on-a-Chip”

Microfluidic device generates passive hydraulic power Engineers have designed a microfluidic device they call a “tree-on-a-chip,” which mimics the pumping mechanism of trees and other plants. Image: news.mit.edu Requires no moving parts or external pumps, able to pump water and sugars through chip at steady flow rate for days March 20, 2017: Trees and other…

10 Times As Strong As Steel

Researchers design one of the strongest, lightest materials known 3-D-printed gyroid models such as this one were used to test the strength and mechanical properties of a new lightweight material. Photo: Melanie Gonick/MIT Porous, 3-D forms of graphene developed at MIT bring the strength of 2-D materials and the power of material architecture design together…

Moving Medicine Manufacturing From Factory to Front Lines

To produce bio-pharmaceuticals on demand, just add water Researchers at MIT and other institutions have created tiny freeze-dried pellets that include all of the molecular machinery needed to translate DNA into proteins, which could form the basis for on-demand production of drugs and vaccines. Image: Christine Daniloff/MIT. Antimicrobial peptide illustration by Ymahn/Wikimedia Commons. Freeze-dried cellular…

Game-Changing Photosynthetic Solar Cell Engineered

‘Artificial leaf’ converts atmospheric CO2 directly into syngas Simulated sunlight powers a solar cell that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into syngas. Image: news.uic.edu Breakthrough solar cell captures CO2 and sunlight, produces burnable fuel Bill Burton, July 28, 2016: Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that…