April 2009

Energy Stories

Re-Engineered Battery Material Could Lead to Rapid Recharging of Many Devices
MIT engineers have created a kind of beltway that allows for the rapid transit of electrical energy through a well known battery material for recharging in seconds not hours, an advance that could usher in quick recharging of batteries in electric cars, and smaller, lighter batteries- for cell phones and other devices . Read more >>

This work was supported by the National Science Foundation through the Material Research Science and Engineering Centers program and the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Program of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Manufacturing Inefficiency
Modern manufacturing methods are spectacularly inefficient in their use of energy and materials, according to a detailed MIT analysis of the energy use of 20 major manufacturing processes. Read more >>
This work was funded by the National Science Foundation.

New Greenhouse Gas Identified
A gas used for fumigation has the potential to contribute significantly to future greenhouse warming, but because its production has not yet reached high levels there is still time to nip this potential contributor in the bud, according to an international team of researchers. Read more >>

Health Science

Blocked Enzyme Reverses Schizophrenia-Like Symptoms Researchers at MIT"s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have found that inhibiting a key brain enzyme in mice reversed schizophrenia-like symptoms. Read more >>

This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Engineering Breakthrough

'Nanostitching' could Lead to Much Stronger Airplane Skins, more MIT engineers are using carbon nontubes only billionths of a meter thick to stitch together aerospace materials in work that could make airplane skins and other products some 10 times stronger at a nominal increase in cost. Read more >>

This research was sponsored by MIT's Nano-Engineered Composite Aerospace Structures (NECST) Consortium.