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Synthetic mucus can mimic the real thing

An MIT team has created polymers that replicate the structure of mucins, the molecules that give mucus its unique antimicrobial properties.

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Cooling homes without warming the planet

The startup Transaera is using a class of materials, advanced by Professor Mircea Dinca, to create a more energy-efficient air conditioner.

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Design could enable longer lasting, more powerful lithium batteries

Use of a novel electrolyte could allow advanced metal electrodes and higher voltages, boosting capacity and cycle life.

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Chemists gain new insights into the behavior of water in an influenza virus channel

Research on how water behaves in a proton channel provides possible new avenues for flu treatment.

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Found in space: Complex carbon-based molecules

Discovery may offer clues to carbon’s role in planet and star formation.

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Faster drug discovery through machine learning

New technique speeds up calculations of drug molecules’ binding affinity to proteins.

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Chemists boost boron’s utility

A strategy for preventing boron-containing compounds from breaking down could help medicinal chemists design new drugs.

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Researchers improve efficiency of next-generation solar cell material

Reducing internal losses could pave the way to low-cost perovskite-based photovoltaics that match silicon cells’ output.

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Behind Closed Doors: Insight into stroke recovery

The latest research from the Shalek Lab, published recently in Science Immunology.

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Random Acts of Kindness Week 2021 | March 1 through March 5, 2021

RAK Week is a time dedicated to connecting members of the MIT community through small acts of kindness.

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Donated instrument provides undergraduate chemistry students high-level research experience

Cutting edge-tool reserved exclusively for students is fast, efficient, and environmentally friendly.

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Big questions in chemistry

Amanuella Mengiste, a chemistry graduate student and 2020–2021 Robert J. Silbey fellow, explores the ever-expanding field of directed evolution

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Schlau-Cohen and Willard collaboration published in Chem

The paper, “Engineering couplings for exciton transport using synthetic DNA scaffolds", was published on January 14, 2021.

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