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Microscale marine interactions may shape critical carbon cycles

New research finds interactions between microorganisms and marine particles may have significant effects on oceanic carbon cycling. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering  In 1930, the deep-sea explorer William Beebe became the first to observe “marine snow,” an ever-present undersea shower of flocculent organic particles composed of dead phytoplankton, zooplankton fecal pellets, and other nutrient-rich [...]

Educating the Displaced

When I was a refugee, education gave me hope. As a professor, I want to return the favor. When I was a teenager in 1992 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, war broke out and changed everything. Our community was devastated and our lives were in danger, so my family and I relocated to a refugee camp [...]

From engineer to urban planner

Billy Ndengeyingoma’s time at MIT has been marked by transitions. He has moved from one continent to another, from an undergraduate program to a master’s, and from a civil engineering specialty to urban planning. Yet no matter what is happening in his life, he has learned to always make time for self-reflection. This practice has [...]

An autonomous fleet for Amsterdam

MIT, AMS Institute will collaborate to solve complex urban problems for Amsterdam with the development of autonomous "roboats." MIT has signed an agreement to engage in research collaborations with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) in the Netherlands. The collaboration’s flagship project, led by researchers from multiple departments at MIT, will be to [...]

Solve at HUBweek offers local showcase, global springboard for solutions to society’s challenges

Innovators from many sectors to tackle issues involving the digital economy, education, and more. How can the benefits of the digital economy be shared more broadly? How can recent technological advances — from algorithms to apps, and from Big Data to mobile devices — be leveraged to build skills, jobs, and opportunities for more workers? [...]

MIT and French research institutions collaborate on climate-conscious materials

MultiScale Material Science for Energy and Environment research partnership could reduce the carbon footprint of materials such as concrete. MIT President L. Rafael Reif joined a high-level delegation of French officials at MIT on Friday to sign an agreement extending the research partnership behind MultiScale Material Science for Energy and Environment (MSE2), an international joint unit, or [...]

Silk-based filtration material breaks barriers

When the Chinese first discovered silk, its superior quality and properties were thought so special, it was reserved exclusively for clothing the emperor, his relatives, and dignitaries. And for more than two millennia, the mechanisms of silk production were a highly guarded secret.   Fast forward to today: MIT and Tufts University researchers have discovered [...]

Protecting Guatemala’s Most Vulnerable Children

Juan Jose Hermosilla ’57 has spent his professional career working to keep his native Guatemala safe. Shortly after earning his degree in civil engineering, Hermosilla founded an engineering firm that designed buildings able to withstand earthquakes. In the nearly six decades that followed, Hermosilla designed, built, and performed structural analysis on more than 150 of [...]

Microscale marine interactions may shape critical carbon cycles

New research finds interactions between microorganisms and marine particles may have significant effects on oceanic carbon cycling. In 1930, the deep-sea explorer William Beebe became the first to observe “marine snow,” an ever-present undersea shower of flocculent organic particles composed of dead phytoplankton, zooplankton fecal pellets, and other nutrient-rich detritus. Globally, marine organic particles transport [...]

Making India’s waste streams sustainable

MIT researchers are developing a decision-support tool to help cities in India sustainably manage the societal and environmental impacts of their waste. The massive Deonar dumping ground in Mumbai has become the most visible emblem of an increasingly serious nationwide problem for India: what to do with its trash.   Deonar’s towers of garbage are [...]