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MIT Stories

  • MIT News | July 12, 2012

    Mechanical engineers develop an ‘intelligent co-pilot’ for cars

    Barrels and cones dot an open field in Saline, Mich., forming an obstacle course for a modified vehicle. A driver remotely steers the vehicle through the course from a nearby location as a researcher looks on. Occasionally, the researcher instructs...
  • MIT News | July 3, 2012

    Book details a new model for sharing water

    From the American Southwest to the Middle East, water is a highly contested resource: Many neighboring nations, and several states in the United States, have fought decades-long battles to control water supplies. And that need for water only seems like...
  • MIT News | July 2, 2012

    A new approach to water desalination

    The availability of fresh water is dwindling in many parts of the world, a problem that is expected to grow with populations. One promising source of potable water is the world’s virtually limitless supply of seawater, but so far desalination technol...
  • MIT News | June 27, 2012

    Lead from gasoline discovered in Indian Ocean

    Since the 1970s, leaded gasoline has been slowly phased out worldwide, as studies have shown that lead can cause neurological and cardiovascular damage and degrade vehicles’ catalytic converters. Today, 185 countries have stopped using leaded gas...
  • MIT News | June 18, 2012

    Double the benefits: clean energy also saves water

    In his first State of the Union, President Barack Obama set a goal for 80 percent of America's electricity to come from clean energy. Last week, the release of the Renewable Electricity Future study by the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NRE...
  • MIT - The Darwin Project | June 11, 2012

    At the intersection of biology and physics in the ocean

    Mick Follows is a Senior Research Scientist in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, part of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, at MIT. Together with the other members of the Marine Biogeochemical Modeling group (researchers Stephanie Dutkiewicz, and Oliver Jahn, postdocs Sergio Vallina, and Anne-Willem Omta, and graduate students Sophie Clayton, … Continue reading At the intersection of biology and physics in the ocean
  • MIT News | June 4, 2012

    Survey: Latin American and Asian cities lead way in planning for global warming

    Quito, Ecuador, is not considered a global leader by most measures. But there is one way in which Quito is at the forefront of metropolises worldwide: in planning for climate change. For more than a decade, officials in Ecuador’s mountainous capital ...
  • MITgcm News | May 18, 2012

    Ocean Biology Meets Physics

    In this video, Mick Follows describes his group's work using MITgcm and ECCO2 products to better understand the global carbon cycle and plankton populations.
  • MIT News | May 2, 2012

    Inventor honored for bridging innovation and humanitarianism to help millions globally live safer lives

    The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced Dr. Ashok Gadgil as the recipient of the 2012 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation in recognition of his steady pursuit to blend research, invention and humanitarianism for broad social impact. Gadgil is a chair professor of Safe Water and Sanitation at the University of California, Berkeley, and director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, whose diverse inventions and sustainable innovations are helping those in the developing world to live healthier, safer lives.

    Gadgil is a physicist by training whose unwavering curiosity and commitment to employ his expertise to benefit humankind has led to a string of inventions and innovations from safe drinking water solutions and a utility-sponsored energy efficiency program, to fuel-efficient stoves for displaced persons in Africa. He also works with stakeholders in beneficiary communities to rally support and increase adoption of his inventions. His innovative solutions, which integrate science with cultural needs, have helped an estimated 100 million individuals in dozens of countries across four continents.

    “Ashok Gadgil’s long record of inventive solutions to problems in the developing world is an example of how passion coupled with creative problem solving can have a colossal impact,” states Joshua Schuler, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. “Dr. Gadgil truly encompasses what it means to be a global innovator.”

    To read the full press release about the 2012 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation winner, visit: http://web.mit.edu/invent/n-pressreleases/n-press-12LMA.html

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  • MIT News | April 12, 2012

    New method to prevent undersea ice clogs

    During the massive oil spill from the ruptured Deepwater Horizon well in 2010, it seemed at first like there might be a quick fix: a containment dome lowered onto the broken pipe to capture the flow so it could be pumped to the surface and disposed of ...
  • MIT News | April 10, 2012

    Oceans apart

    Three-fifths of Earth’s crust lies underwater, spread out along the seafloor. More than four cubic miles of ocean crust forms each year, constantly regenerating like new skin across the globe. This ocean crust arises along mid-ocean ridges — underw...
  • MIT News | April 3, 2012

    Using new technology to measure nitrogen in coastal surface waters

    While many of us, especially those of us trying to feed young children, think of nutrients as desirable, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Excessive nutrients in an ecosystem disturb the chemical and environmental balance that allows nat...
  • MITgcm News | March 29, 2012

    “Van Gogh” Perpetual Ocean Visualization

  • MITgcm News | March 27, 2012

    Under the Ice

    In a new paper published in the Annals of Glaciology, long-time MITgcm users Patrick Heimbach and Martic Losch investigate the sensitivity of sub-ice-shelf melt rates under the Pine Island Ice Shelf, West Antarctica, to changes in the oceanic state.
  • MIT News | March 21, 2012

    Water world

    Video: Melanie Gonick Fluid dynamics plays a central role in determining Earth's climate. Ocean currents and eddies stir up contents from the deep, while atmospheric winds and weather systems steer temperature and moisture around the globe. As the pl...
  • MIT News | March 14, 2012

    Guiding robot planes with hand gestures

    Video: Melanie Gonick Aircraft-carrier crew use a set of standard hand gestures to guide planes on the carrier deck. But as robot planes are increasingly used for routine air missions, researchers at MIT are working on a system that would enable them...
  • MIT News | March 5, 2012

    In the World: How rainwater can meet clean-water needs

    At a remote village called Bisate in the desperately poor nation of Rwanda, a clinic faced chronic shortages of water during the nation’s twice-yearly dry seasons. Sometimes there was simply not enough water available even for seriously dehydrated pa...
  • MIT News | February 28, 2012

    A climate window in the Southern Ocean

    The world’s oceans act as a massive conveyor, circulating heat, water and carbon around the planet. This global system plays a key role in climate change, storing and releasing heat throughout the world. To study how this system affects climate, scie...
  • MITgcm News | February 16, 2012

    Modeling the Gulf of Aqaba (Gulf of Eilat)

    Long-time MITgcm-ers Eli Biton and Hezi Gildor have been using the model to explore the circulation in the Gulf of Aqaba (Gulf of Eilat), a terminal elongated basin that exchanges water with the northern Red Sea
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