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Microtechnics - Oct 30
New control system may enable humanoid robots to do heavy lifting and other physically demanding tasks. The robot, which is dubbed Little HERMES, "combines the strength and resilience of a robot with the knowledge and adaptability of a human." MIT researchers have developed a new control system that can allow a two-legged teleoperated robot to maintain its balance while running and jumping, reports Devin Coldewey for TechCrunch .
Health - Oct 30

New adhesive that binds wet surfaces within seconds could be used to heal wounds or implant medical devices.

Environment - Oct 24

The process could work on the gas at any concentrations, from power plant emissions to open air. "From power plant emissions to open air, this new tool could prove significant in the fight against climate change," reports Bloomberg.

Astronomy - Oct 14

New lens technique spots tiny dwarf galaxy in the first, super-energetic stages of star formation. Boston Globe reporter Maria Lovato writes that MIT researchers used a large galaxy cluster to see the X-rays emitted by a galaxy 9.4 billion light-years away.

Business - Oct 14

Professors share prize with Michael Kremer of Harvard University, are cited for breakthrough antipoverty work.

Pharmacology - Oct 7

Coated pill carries microneedles that deliver insulin and other drugs to the lining of the small intestine.

Transport - Oct 27

By sensing tiny changes in shadows, a new system identifies approaching objects that may cause a collision.

Computer Science - Oct 17
Computer Science

An algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects, for picking and sorting, or tool use.

Health - Oct 14

Specialized sugar molecules called glycans can disarm opportunistic pathogens and prevent infection.

Art and Design - Oct 9
Art and Design

Proposed bridge would have been the world's longest at the time; new analysis shows it would have worked.

- Oct 1
Even relatively small differences in the duration, timing, and consistency of st

Data on MIT students underscore the importance of getting enough sleep; bedtime also matters. Listen MIT researchers have found sleep consistency is just as important as duration and quality when it comes to academic performance, reports Jamie Ducharme for TIME .

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