Imperial Valley News Center
- Written by Jennifer Chu
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Nature has developed innovative ways to solve a sticky challenge: Mussels and barnacles stubbornly glue themselves to cliff faces, ship hulls, and even the skin of whales. Likewise, tendons and cartilage stick to bone with incredible robustness, giving animals flexibility and agility.
- Written by Larry Hardesty
Cambridge, Massachusetts - At the Siggraph Asia conference this week, MIT researchers presented a pair of papers describing techniques for either magnifying or smoothing out small variations in digital images.
- Written by Peter Dizikes
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Ever heard of the planet Vulcan? In the late 1800s, many scientists thought it was real: a hot planet near Mercury (thus named for the god of the forge), whose gravitational pull supposedly caused a wobble in Mercury’s orbit. But in 1915, Albert Einstein killed off this notion, as MIT’s Thomas Levenson recounts in his new book, “The Hunt for Vulcan,” published today by Random House. As Einstein’s calculations showed, Mercury’s orbit fit perfectly with his theory of general relativity, in which gravity merely follows the shape of spacetime — ending any apparent need to believe in Vulcan.
- Written by IVN
Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments:
- Written by Anne Trafton
Cambridge, Massachusetts - MIT engineers have designed magnetic protein nanoparticles that can be used to track cells or to monitor interactions within cells. The particles, described today in Nature Communications, are an enhanced version of a naturally occurring, weakly magnetic protein called ferritin.
- Written by Rob Matheson
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Are you a safe driver? According to MIT alumnus Brad Cordova SM ’13, co-founder of driving-data-analytics startup Censio, you’ll probably answer “yes,” but the real answer may be “no.”
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