May 21, 2019
Profs. Michael Strano and Sheila Kennedy have developed an exhibit for the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, which explores how Strano’s glowing plant research could be part of a sustainable energy future. “The pair is one of 62 design teams involved in the [Triennial], which highlights innovative ways humans are engaging with nature,” writes Emily Matchar for Smithsonian.
Wired reporter Daniela Oberhaus spotlights Prof. Angela Belcher’s work using viruses to assemble lithium-ion batteries, noting that her “approach to biologically-driven nanoengineering holds immense promise.” Says Belcher: “We’ve been engineering biology to control nanomaterials that are not normally grown biologically. We’ve expanded biology’s toolkit to work with new materials.”
New York Times reporter Shola Lawal writes that a study by MIT researchers uncovers evidence that seeding oceans with iron may not be an effective method of combatting climate change. The researchers found that “more iron in the sea would deplete other nutrients, cause plankton death and have negative effects on marine life,” Lawal explains.
Writing for the Financial Times, Margaret Heffernan spotlights how a study by Prof. Alex “Sandy” Pentland underscores the importance of social interactions in work environments. Pentland found that during shared coffee breaks “people were sharing information, problem-solving, motivating and helping one another.”
Reporting for CBS Boston, Dr. Mallika Marshall spotlights how MIT researchers have uncovered a new antibiotic using a deep-learning algorithm. Marshall notes that the researchers tested the new antibiotic “against dozens of bacteria in lab dishes and found it could kill many strains that are resistant to treatment.”