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MIT’s New Organic Battery Material Could Revolutionize Electric Vehicles

A new MIT battery material could offer a more sustainable way to power electric cars. Instead of cobalt or nickel, the new lithium-ion battery includes a cathode based on organic materials. In this image, lithium molecules are shown in glowing pink. Credit: MITChemists at MIT have created a battery cathode from organic materials, which could reduce the electric vehicle industry’s dependence on rare metals.Many electric vehicles are powered by batteries that contain cobalt — a metal that carries high financial,…

New MIT Model Predicts Transition States With Unprecedented Speed

MIT chemists have developed a computational model that can rapidly predict the structure of the transition state of a reaction (left structure), if it is given the structure of a reactant (middle) and product (right). Credit: David W. KastnerUtilizing generative artificial intelligence, chemists from MIT developed a model that can predict the structures formed when a chemical reaction reaches its point of no returnDuring a chemical reaction, molecules gain energy until they reach what’s known as the transition state — a…

MIT Short-Term Courses on Data Analysis and Modeling for 2024

Here are some of the few MIT short-term courses on data analysis and Modeling for 2024 In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, staying abreast of the latest trends and mastering essential skills is crucial. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has long been a pioneer in providing world-class education, and in 2024, the institution will offer a series of short-term courses that delve into the intricacies of data analytics and data modeling. This article explores the highlights of MIT’s…

How it restored my faith in mixed reality

You’re reading Plugged In, Fast Company’s weekly tech newsletter. I’m global technology editor Harry McCracken, and I’m certainly happy you stopped by. If a friend or colleague forwarded this edition to you—or you’re reading it on FastCompany.com—you can check out previous issues and sign up to get it yourself every Wednesday morning. Your email—comments, ideas, random musings about tech—are always welcome: Shoot me a message at [email protected] are four Fast Company tech stories you might not have read…

MIT Chemists Unveil Proton Transfer Secrets

Applying an electric potential causes a proton to transfer from a hydronium ion (at right) to an electrode’s surface. Using electrodes with molecularly defined proton binding sites, MIT researchers developed a general model for these interfacial proton-coupled electron transfer reactions. Credit: MITA key chemical reaction — in which the movement of protons between the surface of an electrode and an electrolyte drives an electric current — is a critical step in many energy technologies, including fuel cells and the…

Building innovation with blockchain | MIT Technology Review

Full Transcript  Laurel Ruma: From MIT Technology Review, I'm Laurel Ruma, and this is Business Lab, the show that helps business leaders make sense of new technologies coming out of the lab and into the marketplace.Our topic today is blockchain. Technology has changed how money moves around the world, but the opportunity and value from distributed ledger technology is still in its early days. However, deploying on a large scale openly and securely should move it along quickly.Two words for you: building innovation.My…

The Future of Weight Loss? New Vibrating Pill Developed by MIT Reduces Food Intake by 40%

MIT engineers have developed an ingestible capsule that vibrates in the stomach, simulating fullness by activating stretch receptors, which in animal studies reduced food intake by about 40%. This non-invasive approach, potentially useful for weight control, is seen as a cost-effective alternative to current obesity treatments.Ingesting the device prior to eating may induce a sensation of satiety, deceiving the brain into believing that it’s time to stop eating.When you eat a large meal, your stomach sends signals to your…

Milky Way’s Slower Outer Stars Suggest Dark Matter Overestimated

 New research by MIT reveals that stars at the edge of the Milky Way move slower than anticipated, implying the galaxy’s core may contain less dark matter, challenging current astronomical theories. Credit: SciTechDaily.comMIT’s study shows outer Milky Way stars rotate slower, indicating a lighter core with less dark matter, contradicting previous assumptions.By clocking the speed of stars throughout the Milky Way galaxy, MIT physicists have found that stars further out in the galactic disk are traveling more slowly than…

MIT Reality Hack revealed the momentum building in VR, AR, and XR

Jason Hiner/ZDNETThis past weekend at the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts I attended MIT Reality Hack where I served as a panelist on the future of XR and as a judge in the hackathon's startup competition. It was impossible not to get energized by the altruism and purposefulness of the students and their collaborators who came together to spin up projects using VR, AR, and XR to solve real world problems. If you thought VR was mostly about games, you would have been amazed to see the projects these hackathon…

MIT Astronomers Spot 18 Black Holes Devouring Nearby Stars

Illustration of a tidal disruption event (TDE). A new study by MIT researchers using infrared data has uncovered 18 tidal disruption events in diverse galaxies, expanding our understanding of these phenomena and resolving longstanding puzzles in the field. Credit: Carl Knox – OzGrav, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery, Swinburne University of TechnologyThe detections more than double the number of known tidal disruption events in the nearby universe.Star-shredding black holes are everywhere in the…