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MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital researchers have devised a minimally invasive way to monitor intracranial pressure in patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries or infectious diseases. Current techniques for measuring pressure within the brain are so invasive that the measurement is only performed in high-risk patients.

Less invasive way to monitor intracranial pressure in the brain

A new technique could help doctors determine whether patients are at risk from elevated pressure.
MIT biological engineers have developed a new way to encode complex memories in the DNA of living cells. Image: MIT News

High-precision technique stores cellular ‘memory’ in DNA

Engineers program human and bacterial cells to keep a record of complex molecular events.
A new experiment designed by MIT physicists may help to pin down the rate at which huge, massive stars produce oxygen in the universe.

Physicists design an experiment to pin down the origin of the elements

With help from next-generation particle accelerators, the approach may nail down the rate of oxygen production in the universe.
MIT researchers have developed a “risk-aware” model that could improve the performance of cloud-computing networks across the U.S.

Using wall street secrets to reduce the cost of cloud infrastructure

To stay aware of the consistent growth in demand, cloud providers spend a huge number of dollars expanding the limit of their wide-area spines...
An example of an interstellar collisionless shock is seen in this photo of a bow shock in the Orion Nebula. Image credit: NASA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Astrophysical shock phenomena reproduced in the laboratory

The lab-scale experiment could help scientists understand interstellar and galactic-scale smashups.
MIT researchers have developed a material that gastroenterologists can inject into patients as a liquid that then turns into a solid gel once it reaches polyp tissue during colonoscopies. Image: Courtesy of the researchers

New material could make it easier to remove colon polyps

Gel cushion used to elevate polyps during endoscopy could reduce the risk of tearing the colon lining.
SHANK3 (green) is expressed along with a neural marker (NeuN) in the mouse anterior cingulate cortex. Image: Guoping Feng

Scientists identified brain region that alters social interactions in autism model

The social deficit is a core clinical feature of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, the hidden neural systems remain mostly unclear. In a new study...
Microfluidic devices, like those shown here, could be 3-D printed in space and used to construct DNA for insertion into bacteria, reprogramming them to make specific products.

Feasible Life support systems in space

Do-it-yourself bio and maker communities can help NASA meet the needs of long-distance missions.
MIT researchers have developed a noninvasive hydration sensor that is based on the same technology as MRI, but, unlike MRI scanners, it can fit in a doctor’s office. Image: Lina Colucci, Andrew Hall

Hydration sensor could improve dialysis

Noninvasive device could benefit patients with kidney disease, congestive heart failure, or dehydration.