Jose Gomez-Marquez is part of a team that designed a new blood test to help detect Zika and other dengue viruses

Jose Gomez-Marquez, director of the MIT Little Devices Lab, which is housed in the IDC, is part of a collaboration that designed a new blood test to quickly detect the difference between the Zika virus and other dengue viruses.  The team is working on commercializing the test, which is expected to cost less than $1.

StatNews: Cheap, fast test for Zika and dengue could cost just $1

The MIT Urban risk Lab and Broward County launched to offer flood reporting during Irma

The MIT Urban Risk Lab partnered with Broward County, Florida to launch, a public platform to report, in real-time, flood data during Hurricane Irma. Originally scheduled to launch in October, the Urban Risk Lab decided to launch early because of the hurricane.

In order to make this tool successful, Urban Risk Lab director Miho Mazereeuw, an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, says that residents will need to learn about the tool prior to a disaster so that they know how to use it during an emergency.

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The Urban Risk Lab launches a flood map to offer real-time, crowd-sourced flood reporting during Hurricane Irma

The Urban Risk Lab, housed at the IDC, designed a flood map to enable real-time reporting in Broward County, Florida during the hurricane. The platform,, is being piloted to enable both residents and emergency managers to obtain better information on flooding conditions in near-real time.

MIT News: MIT map offers real-time, crowd-sourced flood reporting during Hurricane Irma.

Prof. Maria Yang designs a toy lamp to encourage girls interested in STEM

Prof. Maria Yang has developed a lamp to inspire kids to embrace STEM. Called Jubilite, the lamp is a fully functioning lamp that middle-school kids can build. Aimed at girls, the goal is to get more girls excited about STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Although women are almost half of the American workforce, they hold less than 25% of STEM jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more.

Built in collaboration with Tony Hu, a lecturer in the MIT Toy Lab, Yang explains that the kids “build and design a lamp that combines arts and crafts and electronics, and results in this lamp you can keep in your room as part of your room décor.”

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