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Audio Article: Low-cost device can measure air pollution anywhere

MIT researchers have made an open-source version of the “City Scanner” mobile pollution detector that lets people check air quality anywhere, cheaply. Pictured are some examples of the latest version of the device, called Flatburn, as well as a researcher attaching a prototype to a car.


Audio Article: Minimizing electric vehicles' impact on the grid

In a new study, MIT researchers have developed strategies for beneficial electric vehicle charging to reduce peak electricity demand and store solar energy.


Audio Article: How to push, wiggle, or drill an object through granular material

Engineers at MIT and Georgia Tech have found a faster and simpler way to model intrusion through any soft, flowable material.


Audio Article: A new method boosts wind farms’ energy output, without new equipment

By modeling the conditions of an entire wind farm rather than individual turbines, engineers can squeeze more power out of existing installations.


Audio Article: Startup lets doctors classify skin conditions with the snap of a picture

Piction Health, a startup founded by Susan Conover SM '15, lets doctors classify skin conditions with the snap of a picture. Their app uses machine learning to help physicians identify and manage skin diseases.


Audio Article: Keeping web-browsing data safe from hackers

Studying a powerful type of cyberattack, researchers identified a flaw in how it’s been analyzed before, then developed new techniques that stop it in its tracks.


What does a sunset and a sunrise sound like?

Using a new sonification toolkit, designed but MIT's Digital Humanities Lab, senior Moises Trejo was able to turn a sunrise and a sunset into sound. What the toolkit does is convert the annual times of sunrises and sunsets in a particular location and turns them into a simple soundwork.


Audio Article: Babies can tell who has close relationships based on one clue: saliva

MIT neuroscientists have identified a specific signal that young children and even babies can use to determine whether two people have a strong relationship and a mutual obligation to help each other: whether those two people kiss, share food, or have other interactions that involve sharing saliva.


Audio Article: Scientists build new atlas of ocean’s oxygen-starved waters

A team of MIT scientists have generated a detailed, three-dimensional "atlas" of the largest oxygen-deficient zones (ODZ) in the tropical Pacific. And though these ODZs make up less than 1 percent of the ocean’s total volume, they are a significant source of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas.


Audio Article: Timber or steel?

Researchers at MIT have done a detailed analysis and created a set of computational tools to enable architects and engineers to design truss structures in a way that can minimize their embodied carbon while maintaining all needed properties for a given building application.