October 9, 2019
Prof. John Goodenough, who worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for over 20 years, has been awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to the development of lithium-ion batteries, reports the Associated Press.
TechCrunch reporter Kyle Gibson spotlights Humatics, an MIT startup that develops “sensors that enable fast-moving and powerful robots to work alongside humans without accidents.” Gibson explains that Humatics hopes to apply this technology to support “social distancing efforts on commutes, in a pilot application to allow more subway trains to run on a single track.”
Researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have created a system that allows two patients to share one ventilator. Postdoc Shriya Srinivasan explains the system has "individual channels for each patient, but has controls on them such that you can deliver the appropriate volumes and pressures that each patient needs.”
Smithsonian reporter Alex Fox writes that MIT researchers have developed a new type of no-slip shoe soul inspired by the Japanese art of kirigami. “The grippy new sole is made of a thin sheet of steel that is riddled with precise cuts that allow it to bristle like the scales of a snake when bent,” writes Fox.