May 22, 2019
Prof. Wolfgang Ketterle speaks with Bloomberg columnist Faye Flam about the recently redefined standard of measurement for the kilogram and the importance of making the change understandable to the general public. “Not everyone is explaining the new kilogram as a quantity of light, but MIT physicist Wolfgang Ketterle makes a convincing case that this is the best and simplest way to understand it,” writes Flam.
Guardian reporter Marina Gerner spotlights Bloomer Tech, a startup founded by several MIT alumna, which is designing smart bras that gather cardiovascular data to help bridge the medical gender bias gap. “We transformed a typical medical device into everyday medical-grade garments that women will actually want to wear,” says Bloomberg Tech co-founder and CEO Alicia Chong Rodriguez ’17, ‘18.
Writing for The Washington Post, Prof. M. Taylor Fravel examines recent actions in a territorial dispute between China and India. “Facing a dramatically slowing economy, criticism for the government’s handling of the outbreak of the coronavirus and worsening ties with many countries,” writes Fravel, “China leaders may feel the need to show strength — and avoid signaling any weakness — over questions of national sovereignty.”
Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Nick Leiber spotlights how Biobot Analytics, an MIT startup, is analyzing sewage in municipalities around the country to estimate the number of people with Covid-19 in a particular area. Our vision is for this to be deployed across the tens of thousands of wastewater facilities in the U.S.,” explains Biobot Analytics president and co-founder Newsha Ghaeli.
Graduates from MIT, Harvard and BU have developed a low-cost, portable ventilator called the Umbulizer, reports Diti Kohli for The Boston Globe. “A small, white and blue block of metal and plastic, the Umbulizer rhythmically delivers air to patients’ lungs and limbs like a normal ventilator. But it costs less than its hospital-grade counterpart,” writes Kohli.
MIT researchers have developed a kirigami-inspired shoe sole with tiny spikes that pop up from the surface to help prevent falls, reports Nicola Davis for The Guardian. “Walking is a dynamic process so we wanted to develop a system that was also dynamic and could respond to movement,” explains Prof. Giovanni Traverso.