Monitoring the rise and fall of the microbiome
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, July 24, 2014
Trillions of bacteria live in each person's digestive tract. Scientists believe that some of these bacteria help digest food and stave off harmful infections, but their role in human health is not well understood. To help shed light on the role of these bacteria, a team of researchers led by MIT ass...
Sanofi joins MIT Forum's manufacturing advisory board
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, July 17, 2014
The MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation has announced that Sanofi, a global health care leader with 112 industrial sites in 41 countries and more than 20 research and development sites - including Sanofi Pasteur, Genzyme, and Merial - has become a strategic sponsor of the Forum and an advisor...
Morphable surfaces could cut air resistance
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, July 10, 2014
There is a story about how the modern golf ball, with its dimpled surface, came to be: In the mid-1800s, it is said, new golf balls were smooth, but became dimpled over time as impacts left permanent dents. Smooth new balls were typically used for tournament play, but in one match, a player ran shor...
Bacteria: A day in the life
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, July 10, 2014
We are all creatures of habit, and a new MIT study finds ocean bacteria are no exception. In a paper published this week in Science, researchers from MIT and elsewhere report that microbes in the open ocean follow predictable patterns of biological activity, such as eating, breathing, and growing. C...
Ocean microbes display a hidden talent: releasing countless tiny lipid-filled sacs
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, July 07, 2014
In the search for a renewable energy source, systems using algae look like a good bet. Algae can grow quickly and in high concentrations in areas unsuitable for agriculture; and as they grow, they accumulate large quantities of lipids, carbon-containing molecules that can be extracted and converted ...
Traffic lights: There's a better way
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, July 06, 2014
Anyone who has ever driven a city street and been frustrated by having to stop again and again for red lights has probably thought that there must be a better way. Now, researchers at MIT have developed a means of computing optimal timings for city stoplights that can significantly reduce drivers' a...
Overcoming imperfections
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, July 01, 2014
MIT graduate student Leon Dimas is no stranger to resilience: At 18, as a rising soccer star, the long-armed goalkeeper was a promising prospect who played for the youth academy of Rosenborg BK, a top-ranked Norwegian soccer club. He was set, it seemed, on a path that would allow him to pursue a pro...
Morphable surfaces could cut air resistance
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, June 23, 2014
There is a story about how the modern golf ball, with its dimpled surface, came to be: In the mid-1800s, it is said, new golf balls were smooth, but became dimpled over time as impacts left permanent dents. Smooth new balls were typically used for tournament play, but in one match, a player ran shor...
MIT researchers win 2014 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Practice Award
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, June 20, 2014
MIT's Kris Johnson, Alex Lee, and David Simchi-Levi - along with online retailer Rue La La - have received the 2014 INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Practice Award for a project that is expected to increase Rue La La's revenues. The award for the analytics-based pricing-optimizati...
School of Engineering awards for 2014
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, June 03, 2014
The MIT School of Engineering recently honored outstanding faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students, with the following awards: Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching - given to a faculty member whose contributions have been characterized by dedication, care, and creativity: Jeffrey Gros...
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