MADMEC winner creates “temporary tattoos” for T-shirts

Me-Shirts, winner of the annual MIT materials science competition, has developed a biodegradable material than can be easily added and removed from shirts. | Continue reading | 16 days ago

MIT-led team receives funding to pursue new treatments for metabolic disease

MIT researchers have been awarded $65.6 million from the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) to develop ingestible devices that could be used to treat diabetes, obesity, and other conditions through oral delivery of mRNA. | Continue reading | 17 days ago

MIT researchers map the energy transition’s effects on jobs

A new map shows which U.S. counties have the highest concentration of jobs that could be affected by the transition to renewable energy. The work was developed by Chris Knittel and Kailin Graham of MIT. | Continue reading | 17 days ago

How symmetry can come to the aid of machine learning

Encoding symmetries into neural networks can significantly reduce data complexity, leading to faster and more efficient learning processes, according to MIT researchers leveraging the century-old Weyl's law. | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Doctors have more difficulty diagnosing disease when looking at images of darker skin

Doctors do not perform as well diagnosing skin diseases when the patient has darker skin, according to an MIT study. The researchers found assistance from artificial intelligence could improve doctors’ accuracy, but those improvements were greater in patients with lighter skin. | Continue reading | 17 days ago

How to avoid a “winner’s curse” for social programs

New research could help policymakers avoid the “winner’s curse,” in which social programs that perform well in studies may not do as well when deployed later on. | Continue reading | 18 days ago

Scene at MIT: Learning Ikebana during IAP

Since 1988, Hiroko Matsuyama, a master instructor of the Ohara School of Ikebana, has worked with MIT students on the basics of the ancient art of Japanese flower arrangement. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

A chronicler of the biotech boom

MIT historian of science Robin Scheffler studies the progress of biomedical research in the U.S., including in Kendall Square and greater Boston. | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Projects investigating Swahili, global media win SHASS Humanities Awards

Two projects — the Global Mediations Lab and the MIT Swahili Studies Initiative — have won Humanities Awards. The pilot program aims to support humanities-focused, collaborative projects that can have a broad impact within SHASS or MIT, or have a substantial impact on undergradua … | Continue reading | 21 days ago

DiOnetta Jones Crayton: Change-maker at MIT

For 14 years, Crayton has strengthened programs and created new ones that foster academic success, provide mentoring, prepare students for careers or graduate school, and build community. | Continue reading | 21 days ago

Noubar Afeyan PhD ’87 to deliver MIT’s 2024 Commencement address

MIT alumnus Noubar Afeyan, an inventor and parallel entrepreneur with a penchant for bold ideas, will deliver the address at the OneMIT Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 30. | Continue reading | 21 days ago

A night at the orchestra, with Pokémon on the program

The MIT Video Game Orchestra combines the beauty and skill of orchestral music with the fun of a student group. | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Professor Emeritus Igor Paul, an expert in product design and safety, dies at 87

Igor Paul, MIT professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, died on Dec. 17, 2023, at age 87. Paul helped develop MechE's design and manufacturing curriculum and contributed to artificial joints as well as to NASA inertial guidance systems. | Continue reading | 22 days ago

MIT Press’s Direct to Open opens access to full list of 2024 monographs

Nine open-access books cross 10,000 reads threshold, bringing total for Direct to Open titles to almost 425,000. | Continue reading | 22 days ago

New fellowship to help advance science journalism in Africa and the Middle East

The MIT Knight Science Journalism Program announces a new one-semester Fellowship for Advancing Science Journalism in Africa and the Middle East, to start this year. | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Blood cell family trees trace how production changes with aging

MIT Whitehead Institute member Jonathan Weissman and collaborators developed a tool to reconstruct the family trees and individual states of cells in humans, revealing how blood cell production changes in old age. | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Imaging method reveals new cells and structures in human brain tissue

Using a microscopy technique known as expansion-mediated protein decrowding, researchers imaged human brain tissue in greater detail than ever before, revealing cells and structures that were not previously visible. They discovered some brain tumors called gliomas contain many mo … | Continue reading | 22 days ago

3 Questions: What can graduate students expect from MIT’s newest grad housing option?

David Friedrich, senior associate dean for housing and residential services, discusses the new Graduate Junction residence and the unique partnership with American Campus Communities. | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Simons Center’s collaborative approach propels autism research, at MIT and beyond

Team-based targeted projects, multi-mentor fellowships ensure that scientists studying social cognition, behavior, and autism integrate multiple perspectives and approaches to pressing questions. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Nancy Hopkins awarded the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal

The National Academy of Sciences awarded MIT professor emerita and pioneering molecular biologist Nancy Hopkins with the 2024 Public Welfare Medal for leadership in advancing women’s representation in science. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Creating new skills and new connections with MIT’s Quantitative Methods Workshop

At the MIT Quantitative Methods Workshop, a weeklong introduction to how computational and mathematical techniques can be applied to neuroscience and biology research, students gain new skills and make new connections. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

MIT, Applied Materials, and the Northeast Microelectronics Coalition Hub to bring 200mm advanced research capabilities to MIT.nano

State-of-the-art toolset will bridge academic innovations and industry pathways to scale for semiconductors, microelectronics, and other critical technologies. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

New MIT.nano equipment to accelerate innovation in “tough tech” sectors

The advanced fabrication tools will enable the next generation of microelectronics and microsystems while bridging the gap from the lab to commercialization. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

DNA particles that mimic viruses hold promise as vaccines

Using a DNA-based scaffold carrying viral proteins, researchers created a vaccine that provokes a strong antibody response against SARS-CoV-2. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

AgeLab’s Bryan Reimer named to US Department of Transportation innovation committee

Bryan Reimer, a researcher at the MIT AgeLab, joins the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transforming Transportation Advisory Committee to help ensure that transportation's future is safe, efficient, sustainable, equitable, and transformative. | Continue reading | 24 days ago

Middle-school students meet a beam of electrons, and excitement results

The EMERGE program at MIT teaches MITES Saturdays science discovery middle school students how to use scanning electron microscopes, sparking STEM curiosity in underserved communities. | Continue reading | 24 days ago

Study: Smart devices’ ambient light sensors pose imaging privacy risk

A computational imaging algorithm reveals that ambient light sensors, which are passive components embedded in the screens of smart devices to alter monitor brightness, pose an imaging privacy threat by exposing users’ touch interactions to hackers, MIT researchers find. | Continue reading | 24 days ago

Benchtop test quickly identifies extremely impact-resistant materials

High-speed experiments can help identify lightweight, protective “metamaterials” for spacecraft, vehicles, helmets, or other objects. | Continue reading | 24 days ago

Astronomers spot 18 black holes gobbling up nearby stars

MIT scientists have identified 18 new tidal disruption events (TDEs) — extreme instances when a nearby star is tidally drawn into a black hole and ripped to shreds. The detections more than double the number of known TDEs in the nearby universe. | Continue reading | 24 days ago

Opening the doorway to drawing

Newly offered at MIT last fall, Drawing Human Experience was supported by a cross-disciplinary class development grant from the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST). It was co-presented by MIT Anthropology and the MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

School of Engineering fourth quarter 2024 awards

Nineteen faculty and researchers across MIT’s School of Engineering received awards in Q4 2023 in recognition of their scholarship, service, and overall excellence. | Continue reading | 27 days ago

Susan Solomon wins VinFuture Award for Female Innovators

MIT Professor Susan Solomon won the 2023 VinFuture Award for Female Innovators in recognition of her contributions to understanding ozone depletion and the creation of the Montreal Protocol. | Continue reading | 27 days ago

Study: Stars travel more slowly at Milky Way’s edge

MIT physicists discovered stars near the edge of the Milky Way travel more slowly than those closer to its center — a surprise suggesting our galaxy’s gravitational core may have less dark matter than previously thought. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Entrepreneur creates career pathways with MIT OpenCourseWare

Senga Technologies CEO June Odongo uses MIT OpenCourseWare courses to make high-quality candidates job-ready. Cynthia Wacheke, the first person to complete the program, is now a software developer at Senga. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Performance art and science collide as students experience “Blue Man Group”

MIT chemistry students were treated to a performance of "Blue Man Group" that brought to life the chemical structures and crystal field theory concepts covered in class 5.111 (Principles of Chemical Science), taught by Brad Pentelute. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Researchers demonstrate rapid 3D printing with liquid metal

Liquid metal printing, developed by MIT researchers, rapidly creates 3D metal structures by depositing molten aluminum along into a bed filled with microscopic glass beads. The process can produce low-resolution objects like frames for chairs and tables in minutes. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Unlocking history with geology and genetics

Using tools of geology and genetics, MIT PhD student Fatima Husain investigates the co-evolution of life and Earth and works to communicate science to the public. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

MIT Faculty Founder Initiative announces finalists for second competition

MIT Faculty Founder Initiative announces 12 finalists for 2023-24 MIT-Royalty Pharma Prize Competition to support female entrepreneurs in biotech. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Q&A: What sets the recent Japan earthquake apart from others?

MIT Geophysicist William Frank discusses the recent earthquake in Japan off the Noto Peninsula, which is part of an earthquake swarm that started in 2020. These swarms are different than subduction earthquakes and are less understood. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Generating the policy of tomorrow

Hundreds of participants from around the world joined the sixth annual MIT Policy Hackathon to develop data-informed policy solutions to challenges in health, housing, and more. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Faculty, staff, students to evaluate ways to decarbonize MIT's campus

MIT's new Decarbonization Working Group will support efforts to explore game-changing and evolving technologies with the potential to move campuses like MIT away from carbon emissions-based energy systems. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Q&A: A blueprint for sustainable innovation

Atacama Biomaterials, a startup co-founded by MIT alumna Paloma Gonzalez-Rojas, combines architecture, machine learning, and chemical engineering to create inexpensive eco-friendly materials from bio-based polymers. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

New tool predicts flood risk from hurricanes in a warming climate

A new method predicts how much flooding a coastal community is likely to experience as hurricanes evolve due to climate change. Using New York as a test case, the model predicts Hurricane Sandy-level flooding will occur roughly every 30 years by 2099. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

New model predicts how shoe properties affect a runner’s performance

An MIT model predicts how shoe properties will affect a runner’s performance. The model could be a tool for designers looking to push the boundaries of sneaker design. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

What to do about AI in health?

Although artificial intelligence in health has shown great promise, pressure is mounting for regulators around the world to act, as AI tools demonstrate potentially harmful outcomes. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Rowing in the right direction

Senior and MIT Crew member Tatum Wilhelm balances her chemical engineering and anthropology studies with early mornings on the Charles River. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Professor Emeritus Peter Schiller, a pioneer researcher of the visual system, dies at 92

His wide-ranging and influential career included fundamental discoveries about how visual scenes and stimuli are processed from the retina through the cortical visual system. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Award shines a spotlight on local science journalism

The Knight Science Journalism at MIT program’s Victor K. McElheny Award honors outstanding local and regional journalists’ reporting on science, public health, tech, and the environment. | Continue reading | 1 month ago