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Prolonged exposure to microgravity is known to cause various acute health risks, including muscle atrophy, bone loss, cardiovascular decon…
On "The Loh Down on Science," host Sandra Tsing Loh reports on research from the Conformable Decoders group.
Enhancing human physical capability
Advancing justice in Earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space
Making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection
Designing Systems for Cognitive Support
Looking beyond smart cities
With Ghost in the Machine, alum Misha Sra and collaborator Purav Bhardwaj invite participants to consider the anthropomorphization of AI,
InspirationSleep is a forgotten country of the mind. A vast majority of our technologies are built for our waking state, even though a thir…
Engaging people in creative learning experiences
Space Exploration Initiative
Connected Mind + Body | Revolutionizing the future of mental and physical wellbeing
Cultivating Creativity | Catalyzing a global movement enabling everyone to unlock
and unleash their individual and collective creativity
Life with AI | Designing the future of smart systems to improve the human experience
Future Worlds | Design and action for the future we want to live in
Recent advances in medications for neurodegenerative disorders are expanding opportunities for improving the debilitating symptoms suffered…
Wax-based hybrid rocket propellants, including paraffin (common candlewax) and beeswax show promise as high-performing hybrid rocket propel…
We build technologies that interface with the sleeping mind. We track different sleep-stages using brain activity, muscle tensio…
The Space Sustainability RatingThe Space Sustainability Rating design team—comprised of the World Economic Forum, the European Space Agency…
Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne infection in North America. People are infected when bitten by ticks; ticks are typically infe…
Ultrasound-induced transdermal drug delivery (sonophoresis) has long lingered in the by-lanes of academic and industrial research, and has …
In recent years, there has been an increase in low-cost and open-source electronic and chemical sensors that hobbyists, concerned citizens,…
Overview: The outermost skin of a space-based structure is designed using materials known to protect against the harsh elements of space. S…
SEI Analog Environments StudyProject OverviewThe way humans engage with space has changed rapidly over the past 60 years, moving from a mod…
Building an open, shared, and collaborative future of lunar exploration.Explore the Lunar Open Architecture (LOA) at loa.mit.edu. …
The Interplanetary Gastronomy research aims to address the unique challenges and opportunities associated with eating in s…
When imagining human life in space, how will we express our humanity and creativity in an alien environment? Can the art we make both refle…
By Larissa Zhou and Adam ZacharFood is crucial to maintaining the physical and psychological health of humans in space. Eating food pr…
Rapid prototyping platforms such as 3D printers used for digital fabrication are today able to manufacture custom objects for specific task…
On Earth, morning, noon, and night have their own specific meanings. The feeling of a second or a minute passing by, the shortening of the …
Ever wish you could toss your folded up tent and have it self-assemble mid-air? Well...you can. In a zero gravity environment.Self As…
By Po-Hao ChiHow could microgravity/hypergravity shape our perceptual experience of listening with weightlessness? How can we seek to explo…
The Miniature Optical Steered Antenna for Intersatellite Communications (MOSAIC)By Shreeyam KackerThe Miniature Optical Steered Antenn…
Solid-state microfrabricated devices are in development to replace contemporary heavy mechanical components for use in spacecraft propellan…
How did life originate? Nobody knows. Life might not even be native to our Earth - it might have come from asteroids or the interstellar me…
By Somayajulu Dhulipala and Manwei ChanAs humanity explores deeper into space, long-duration missions will require horticulture activities …
By Nancy Valladares and Rae Yuping HsuThis project is an art performance that seeks to rethink imaginaries of multispecies surviv…
In an interview recorded at VivaTech, Media Lab Director Dava Newman talks about the Media Lab's mission to enhance the human experience.
SpaceHuman is a soft robotics device designed to facilitate the exploration of environments with reduced gravity in a view of democratizati…
Life on Mars, if it exists, could have been transferred between Earth and Mars due to meteorite impacts. The Search for Extra-Terrestrial G…
A multi-course tasting menu was flown on a zero gravity flight in August 2019. Five specially crafted dishes were consumed…
A molecular gastronomy experiment was flown on a zero gravity flight in August 2019, using spherification techniques to create recipes in z…
Today, the environments that humans occupy in space are designed for survival. Humans are carefully shuttled to and from space, and during …
Facemasks are used to reduce exposure to viruses and other environmental hazards such as air pollution, and integrating wearable electronic…
Converting the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy
These five women at the MIT Media Lab are advancing aerospace science and research, driven by a love of our home planet.
Inventing, building, and deploying wireless sensor technologies to address complex problems in society, industry, and ecology
In a new study, researchers from the Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group & Harvard Medical School find that brief naps can enhance creativity
Using ultrasonic waves that propel drug molecules into the skin, the patch could be used to treat a variety of skin conditions.
On the ACM ByteCast podcast, Fluid Interfaces head Pattie Maes talks to host Rashmi Mohan about the passion that has shaped her career.
Researchers from the Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces group and Harvard Medical School find that brief naps appear to enhance creativity.
People and intelligent machines in a creative, symbiotic loop
Media Lab alum Judith Amores talks to Scientific American about a lightweight, wireless interface to deliver scents to VR users.
Joanne Leong. 2023. Using Generative AI to Cultivate Positive Emotions and Mindsets for Self-Development and Learning. XRDS 29, 3 (Spring 2023), 52–56. https://doi.org/10.1145/3589659
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Advancing human wellbeing by developing new ways to communicate, understand, and respond to emotion
Cultivating wisdom through evolutionary and ecological engineering
A new study suggests that experiencing aesthetic chills, or goosebumps, during stimuli like music and films can lead to increased emotions.
There are currently UROP openings for this project. AttentivU is a device, in the form factor of a pair of gla…
Media Lab postdoc Adam Haar Horowitz discusses using “dream engineering” techniques to give people more control over their dreams.
Exploring how social networks can influence our lives in business, health, governance, and technology adoption and diffusion
Traditional additive manufacturing processes, especially those that make use of liquid resin as the feedstock, are constrained by the gravi…
By Rachel BellisleOverview:The Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit (GLCS or “Skinsuit”) is an intravehicular activity suit for astronau…
Building intelligent personified technologies that collaborate with people to help them learn, thrive, and flourish.
Targeted dream incubation (TDI) is a methodology for guiding (or “incubating”) dreams towards specific themes. Please read the FAQ below to…
This research presents the results of a study with 134 participants to explore the effects of learning from an AI-generated virtual in…