October 10, 2019
Boston Globe reporter John Ellement spotlights the work of John Goodenough, a longtime researcher at MIT Lincoln Laboratory who received the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on lithium-ion batteries. “During his time at the Lab in the early 1950s, Goodenough was a major factor in the creation of a new type of RAM,” Ellement notes.
Prof. Hugh Herr speaks with WGBH reporter Cristina Quinn about a new surgical technique that allows prosthetics to be controlled like human limbs. “The brain gets information about how muscles are moving, but the brain doesn’t get information about skin contact,” says Herr. “So what we are doing now, is we are putting skin cells next to the nerve.”
Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Valerie Bauerlein write that MIT will receive more than $260 million from the Lord Foundation of Massachusetts. President L. Rafael Reif explains that the funds, which come with minimal restrictions, offer “the nimbleness to seize opportunities and address needs that can be hard to cover through traditional philanthropy.”
Washington Post reporter Susan Svrluga writes that MIT, Duke, USC and Cleveland Clinic will each receive $260 million from the Lord foundations. The funds will enable the institutions to “target priorities and needs that are pressing but may not be appealing to donors – whether that’s basic research, graduate-student scholarships, upgrades to outdated buildings or an ambitious drive to solve a global problem.”
New Scientist reporter Layal Liverpool writes that MIT researchers have developed a technique to fortify foods by encapsulating micronutrients in small protective particles. “The microparticles are made of a material that is resistant to heat, light and moisture, but which disintegrates when exposed to the acidic environment of the stomach."