Noubar Afeyan PhD ’87 gives new MIT graduates a special assignment

The inventor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist encourages the Class of 2024 to “accept impossible missions” and “lead with imagination” in uncertain times. | Continue reading | 18 days ago

President Sally Kornbluth’s charge to the Class of 2024

“I have never seen a community quite like this one,” Kornbluth told graduates. | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Commencement address by Noubar Afeyan PhD ’87

“Welcome long odds,” the biotechnology leader urged the Class of 2024. “Embrace uncertainty, and lead with imagination.” | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Microscopic defects in ice influence how massive glaciers flow, study shows

The findings should help scientists refine predictions of future sea-level rise. | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Scientists identify mechanism behind drug resistance in malaria parasite

SMART researchers find a cellular process called transfer ribonucleic acid (tRNA) modification influences the malaria parasite’s ability to develop resistance. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Getting to systemic sustainability

At the 2024 Earth Day Colloquium, World Resource Institute President and CEO Ani Dasgupta says systemic changes in a handful of countries will be critical to meeting global emissions goals. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

New MIT-LUMA Lab created to address climate challenges in the Mediterranean region

Collaborative scholarship and research will draw on conservation, design, and technology. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

MIT Press releases Direct to Open impact report

Open-access monographs receive significantly more use and citations than non-open counterparts, and are more successful at reaching audiences beyond academia. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Modeling the threat of nuclear war

As part of his MIT doctoral studies in nuclear science and engineering, Eli Sanchez investigated whether hypersonic missiles threaten global security. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Modular, scalable hardware architecture for a quantum computer

A new quantum-system-on-chip enables the efficient control of a large array of qubits, moving toward practical quantum computing. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Looking for a specific action in a video? This AI-based method can find it for you

A new approach could streamline virtual training processes or aid clinicians in reviewing diagnostic videos. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Sophia Chen: It’s our duty to make the world better through empathy, patience, and respect

Honing her values and career path through her D-Lab classes, the MIT senior sets her sights on leveling inequalities in global health. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Using art and science to depict the MIT family from 1861 to the present

MIT.nano inscribes 340,000 names on a single silicon wafer in latest version of One.MIT. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Convening for cultural change

At MIT and internationally, senior Cindy Xie works to bring people together for the health of humanity and the planet. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Q&A: The power of tiny gardens and their role in addressing climate change

Kate Brown, MIT professor of history, discusses how ordinary people taking action in their communities can offer hope for the future. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

In international relations, it’s the message, not the medium

Research surveys show warnings issued by world leaders are taken equally seriously whether issued on social media or through formal statements. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

A modest intervention that helps low-income families beat the poverty trap

Letting people work with a “navigator” dramatically increases how often they move to higher-opportunity neighborhoods. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Understanding why autism symptoms sometimes improve amid fever

With support from The Marcus Foundation, an MIT neuroscientist and a Harvard Medical School immunologist will study the “fever effect” in an effort to devise therapies that mimic its beneficial effects. | Continue reading | 25 days ago

School of Engineering welcomes new faculty

Fifteen new faculty members join six of the school’s academic departments. | Continue reading | 25 days ago

Study explains why the brain can robustly recognize images, even without color

The findings also reveal why identifying objects in black-and-white images is more difficult for individuals who were born blind and had their sight restored. | Continue reading | 25 days ago

Turning up the heat on next-generation semiconductors

Research sheds light on the properties of novel materials that could be used in electronics operating in extremely hot environments. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

Sarah Millholland receives 2024 Vera Rubin Early Career Award

American Astronomical Society’s Division on Dynamical Astronomy honors the assistant professor and MIT Kavli member for contributions to the dynamics of multi-planet extrasolar systems. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

A community collaboration for progress

Graduate student Nolen Scruggs works with a local tenant association to address housing inequality as part of the MIT Initiative on Combatting Systemic Racism. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

MIT scientists learn how to control muscles with light

A new study suggests optogenetics can drive muscle contraction with greater control and less fatigue than electrical stimulation. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

Using wobbling stellar material, astronomers measure the spin of a supermassive black hole for the first time

The results offer a new way to probe supermassive black holes and their evolution across the universe. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

Adhesive coatings can prevent scarring around medical implants

New adhesive hydrogel coatings could prolong the lifespan of pacemakers, drug delivery depots, and other medical devices. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

The origin of the sun’s magnetic field could lie close to its surface

Sunspots and flares could be a product of a shallow magnetic field, according to surprising new findings that may help scientists predict space weather. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

Study: Under extreme impacts, metals get stronger when heated

The unexpected finding could be important for designing spacecraft shielding or in high-speed machining applications. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

Making steel with electricity

MIT spinout Boston Metal is commercializing a new method for making steel and other metals, to help clean up the emissions-intensive industry. | Continue reading | 27 days ago

H2 underground

At the 2024 MIT Energy Iniative Spring Symposium, experts weighed whether hydrogen stored in the earth might be a practical energy source of the future. | Continue reading | 27 days ago

2024 MAD Design Fellows announced

The 10 Design Fellows are MIT graduate students working at the intersection of design and multiple disciplines across the Institute. | Continue reading | 27 days ago

From NASA to MIT to Formlabs

Senior Audrey Chen landed an internship at NASA before she was old enough to drive. Here’s her secret to success. | Continue reading | 27 days ago

An expansive approach to making new compounds

To create molecules with unique properties, Associate Professor Robert Gilliard and his team deploy strategies from both organic and inorganic chemistry. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Q&A: A graduating student looks back on his MIT experience

Christopher Wang, a senior in EECS, shares his favorite study spaces, how he discovered theater at the Institute, and what he'll miss most. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Eleven from MIT awarded 2024 Fulbright fellowships

The Fulbright US Student Program funds research, study, and teaching opportunities abroad. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Robotic palm mimics human touch

MIT CSAIL researchers enhance robotic precision with sophisticated tactile sensors in the palm and agile fingers, setting the stage for improvements in human-robot interaction and prosthetic technology. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

AEROS CubeSat launches to study ocean health

Portugal’s second-ever satellite was developed in collaboration with the MIT Portugal Program. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Trying to make the grade

Political scientist Ben Ross Schneider’s new book examines why improving public education has been so difficult in Latin America. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Janabel Xia: Algorithms, dance rhythms, and the drive to succeed

When the senior isn’t using mathematical and computational methods to boost driverless vehicles and fairer voting, she performs with MIT’s many dance groups to keep her on track. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Jonathan Byrnes, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics senior lecturer and visionary in supply chain management, dies at 75

A cherished colleague, Byrnes left an “immense” legacy as a key member of MIT CTL’s education programs for more than 30 years. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Researchers develop a detector for continuously monitoring toxic gases

The material could be made as a thin coating to analyze air quality in industrial or home settings over time. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

The beauty of biology

Senior Hanjun Lee planned to pursue chemistry at MIT. A course in genetics changed that. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Navigating longevity with industry leaders at MIT AgeLab PLAN Forum

A symposium for financial professionals imagines a new industry around longevity planning. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Jeong Min Park earns 2024 Schmidt Science Fellowship

The doctoral student will use the prize to find novel phases of matter and particles. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Elaine Liu: Charging ahead

The MIT senior calculates how renewables and EVs impact the grid. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

New tool empowers users to fight online misinformation

The Trustnet browser extension lets individuals assess the accuracy of any content on any website. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Scientists use generative AI to answer complex questions in physics

A new technique that can automatically classify phases of physical systems could help scientists investigate novel materials. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

2024 MIT Supply Chain Excellence Awards given to 35 undergraduates

Exceptional students from top programs across the US receive tuition fellowships and conditional acceptance to the MIT Supply Chain Management master’s program. | Continue reading | 1 month ago