News tagged with mechanical systems

Video: Moderating extremes in building design

Leon Glicksman designs buildings with an eye toward improved energy efficiency, and, like many of his MIT colleagues, he brings with him a high-tech portfolio. He develops aerogel panels to improve insulation and software ...

dateOct 06, 2015 in Engineering
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Learning from biology to accelerate discovery

A spider's web is one of the most intricate constructions in nature, but its precious silk has more than one use. Silk threads can be used as draglines, guidelines, anchors, pheromonal trails, nest lining, or even food. And ...

dateJul 06, 2015 in Materials Science
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Soundproofing with quantum physics

Sebastian Huber and his colleagues show that the road from abstract theory to practical applications needn't always be very long. Their mechanical implementation of a quantum mechanical phenomenon could soon be used for soundproofing ...

dateJul 02, 2015 in Quantum Physics
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Powering desalination with the sun

When graduate student Natasha Wright began her PhD program in mechanical engineering, she had no idea how to remove salt from groundwater to make it more palatable, nor had she ever been to India, where this is an ongoing ...

dateJun 22, 2015 in Energy & Green Tech
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