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ArtBoat is a tool for communities to make collaborative light paintings in public spaces and reimagine the future of their cities. &n…
Two of the most important traits of environmental hazards today are their invisibility and the fact that they are experienced by communitie…
The glowing lily is one of Harpreet Sareen’s botanical “cyborgs”—vegetation he biohacks to serve as environmental watchdogs.
In July 2020, Eugene Kirpichov + Media Lab alum Cassandra Xia started a Slack workspace called Work On Climate—today, it has 8,500+ members.
A discussion of the future of public transportation, with a highlight of the Autonomous Bicycle project led by PhD student Naroa Coretti.
The environmental conditions of prolonged spaceflight pose significant psychological risks for astronauts. In particular, crews of future …
Spanning from the early Musical Telegraph and Electronic Sackbut, to the late EMS Synthi AKS and Moog Synthesizers, electronic music and mu…
How will new mobility patterns shape the built environment?
Faculty leaders highlight innovations that can close longstanding knowledge gaps and reimagine how the world responds to the climate crisis.
MIT scientists hope to deploy a fleet of drones to get a better sense of how much carbon the ocean is absorbing, + how much more it can take
Team Pulse of the Ocean becomes an Explorer Prize winner in the DISCOVER Competition—the first stage of the Ocean Observing Prize.
Explore a few of the clean tech startups begun by MIT researchers and alumni, including Media Lab spinoffs Graviky Labs and Stable Auto.
The Synthetic Apiary proposes a new kind of environment, bridging urban and organismic scales by exploring one of the most important organi…
Faculty leaders discuss the opportunities and obstacles in developing, scaling, and implementing their work rapidly.
Our traditional manufacturing, fabrication, and electronics have been centered around synthetic and completely artificial techniques. Comin…
Alum Harpreet Sareen writes about how humans might form a type of symbiosis with the plant kingdom in the future.
The SLAS Innovation Award is a $10,000 cash prize recognizing the work behind one exceptional podium presentation.
Humanity has harnessed evolution to sculpt domesticated animals, crops, and molecules, but the process remains a black box. Which combinati…
Using a new robotic platform, researchers can simultaneously track hundreds of microbial populations as they evolve new proteins.
Living Observatory is an initiative for documenting and interpreting ecological change that will allow people, individually and collectivel…
Butlr's people-sensing platform uses body heat to provide actionable spatial insights for the built environment.
A conversation recently aired on Planetary Radio, hosted by Mat Kaplan of the Planetary Society, featuring SEI director Ariel Ekblaw.
Discussion at MIT explores ways the music industry can help in the battle to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
Alum Charles Holbrow talks about his work and shares his views on the past, present, and future of music and technology.
The Power of WITHOUT is a research theme in the City Science group. The theme proposes that heavy infrastructure solutions are not financia…
Charlene Xia is a Media Lab alum now pursuing a PhD in MIT Mechanical Engineering, combining her passions for food and sustainability.
A lightweight research platform to develop autonomous technology Designed to transform bicycle-sharing systems into an on-demand mobil…
In recent years, there has been an increase in low-cost and open-source electronic and chemical sensors that hobbyists, concerned citizens,…
Andorra and the City Science research group at the MIT Media Lab are taking on the challenge of turning Andorra into an “Internationally Re…
Regenerative agriculture, or “carbon farming,” is the use of agricultural practices and crops that draw down excess atmospheric carbon thro…
We have developed tightly coupled sensor network that tries to mimic some of the sensory characteristics of a natural skin. Developed in a …
Wicaksono, I.*, Cherston, J.*, & Paradiso, J. A. (2021). Electronic Textile Gaia: Ubiquitous Computational Substrates Across Geometric Scales. IEEE Pervasive Computing.
The LEGO Wayfinder project combines LEGO, robotics, and seawater into a playground of project-based learning and citizen science for buddin…
Seventy percent of nations have deep-sea environments within their maritime Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), yet only 16 percent of them ar…
Biological Carbon Pump (BCP), which refers to the transport of particulate organic carbon (POC) from the ocean’s surface to the bottom, dir…
The Māori of Aotearoa (New Zealand) have a long and deep connection to their island and ocean ecosystem. Concepts such as rā…
Space Enabled director Danielle Wood talks about applying space technologies to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.
Ariel Ekblaw spoke at the Chautauqua Institution about her novel space architecture ideas and a call for more dialogue on space ethics.
How data from Access MIT informs flexible, sustainable commutes as staff returns to campus.
The Tidmarsh Living Observatory Portal is a research project that focuses on the design and fabrication of a pavilion that will genera…
MIT researchers are co-leading the design of a global Space Sustainability Rating system that will soon be operational.
Therms-Up! is a DIY method of creating inflatables and prototyping interactive materials from wasted thermoplastic bags that easily found a…
A team led by the Space Enabled group, ESA, and the World Economic Forum will address waste in Earth’s orbit
Programmable Water-Based Biocomposites for Digital Design and Fabrication across ScalesAguahoja is an exploration of nature’s design space.…
Vogue reports on the collaboration between Pangaia and Media Lab spinoff Graviky Labs.
Pangaia is the first fashion label to print graphics using ink made out of toxic air pollution.
Kent Larson considers the societal stressors caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and those that the world will face post-pandemic.
Read about a collaboration between Media Lab spinoff Graviky Labs and materials science company Pangaia, both founded by Media Lab alums.
CIS research affiliate describes his goals in creating a webinar series exploring sustainable development in Africa.
Prof Dava Newman fields listeners' questions about climate change and introduces EarthDNA, a platform for climate advocacy and action.
Read the new MIT Space Policy Compendium led by Dava Newman with co-authors including Ariel Ekblaw and Danielle Wood.
RF-EATS is a new system that can verify the authenticity of food and liquids in closed containers without opening them or requiring an…
Signal Kinetics head Fadel Adib and other junior faculty members talk about the ways the J-WAFS’ seed grant program has catalyzed their work
Awards honor young professors in the Media Lab and departments of Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Chemical Engineering, EECS, + Math
Read the preliminary report from the Living Observatory at Tidmarsh on the benefits of restoration projects on four cranberry farms in MA.
Can we build a battery-free underwater GPS? While underwater localization is a long-studied problem, we seek to bring it to batt…
Lighting conditions in an indoor environment have been shown to affect our cognition and behaviors in a variety of ways. On average, we spe…
We present Piezo-Acoustic Backscatter (PAB), the first technology that enables backscatter networking in underwater environments. PAB relie…
Space research, led by a diverse team of women scientists, will be presented at this year's AIAA Ascend Conference.
Building an open, shared, and collaborative future of lunar exploration.Explore the Lunar Open Architecture (LOA) at loa.mit.edu. …
An inventor of CRISPR-based gene drive has some advice to improve science, ethics, and the life-saving potential of these technologies.
Kevin Esvelt and other experts talk about the risks and possible benefits of using gene drives to eliminate diseases and invasive species.
To oceanographer Katy Croff Bell, the seas’ uncharted depths are full of opportunities to engage women and people of color in science.
New approach could spark an era of battery-free ocean exploration, with applications ranging from marine conservation to aquaculture.
Urban populations around the world are rapidly growing. To improve livability, urban residents must reduce dependency on fossil fuels and p…
We present the design, implementation, and evaluation of 𝑈2𝐵, a technology that enables scalable ad ultra-low power ocean IoT. At the…
A new device extracts energy from ambient noise