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Faculty Spotlight: Polina Golland

Pattern Recognition: To the layperson, an image—say, an MRI of the brain—is a diagnostic test. Yet to MIT Professor Polina Golland and her team, that individual image is just one tiny piece in a complicated puzzle where no one yet knows the full picture. “When you look at 10 people who…

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New material opens possibilities for super-long-acting pills

Medical devices designed to reside in the stomach have a variety of applications, including prolonged drug delivery, electronic monitoring, and weight-loss intervention. However, these devices, often created with nondegradable elastic polymers, bear an inherent risk of intestinal obstruction as a result of accidental fracture or migration. As such, they are…

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Faculty Spotlight: Lydia Bourouiba

The fluid dynamics of disease transmission: In studying the spread of infectious disease, Lydia Bourouiba questions everything. This includes the accepted WHO classification of droplet-based contagion, as defined some 80 years ago. “There’s a dichotomy that plagues how we see transmission right now—large droplets versus aerosols—because it’s way too simplistic…

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