May 13, 2019
Daily Beast reporter David Axe spotlights how MIT researchers developed an algorithm that determines the optimal growing conditions for basil. “The goal was to duplicate—and improve upon—the kind of industrial farming setups that are becoming increasingly popular in crowded countries with limited arable land,” writes Axe.
Prof. Brian Wardle speaks with CBC Radio reporter Carol Off about how, in collaboration with CAST artist-in-residence Diemut Strebe, his group has developed a new black material that absorbs 99.95 percent of visible light. Wardle explains that “the art really pushed the science in a different direction, which I think is an interesting and unexpected result.”
Inspired by CAST artist-in-residence Diemut Strebe, MIT researchers have developed a new material that is 10 times blacker than existing materials, reports Kendall Trammell for CNN. “The material is made from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes, or CNTs, which are microscopic filaments of carbon,” Trammell explains.
Prof. Wolfgang Ketterle speaks with Big Picture Science about the science behind the redefinition of the standard of mass for the kilogram. “We are defining the units in terms of perfect objects, objects made by nature and not manmade objects, which have imperfections,” explains Ketterle. “What we have now done instead is redefined the kilogram as the mass of an exact number of natural particles.”
Forbes contributor Joe McKendrick spotlights a new report from the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future, which examines the impact of AI on the workforce. “To achieve the optimum balance between AI and human initiative, the MIT team urges organizations to ‘redesign workflow and rethink the division of tasks between workers and machines.’”
Fast Company reporter Mark Wilson writes that a collaboration between CAST artist-in-residence Diemut Strebe and Prof. Brian Wardle led to the creation of the blackest material ever made. “It’s pretty interesting that the artist in my group influenced the science,” says Wardle. “Without that collaboration, we wouldn’t have looked.”