Making the clean energy transition work for everyone

At the 2024 MIT Energy Conference, participants grappled with the key challenges and trends shaping our fight to prevent the worst effects of climate change. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

3 Questions: What you need to know about audio deepfakes

MIT CSAIL postdoc Nauman Dawalatabad explores ethical considerations, challenges in spear-phishing defense, and the optimistic future of AI-created voices across various sectors. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Study finds lands used for grazing can worsen or help climate change

Too much livestock on a given amount of land can lead to carbon losses, but appropriate numbers can actually help sequester the carbon. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

2024 MacVicar Faculty Fellows named

Professors Berggren, Campbell, Pollock, and Vaikuntanathan are honored for exceptional undergraduate teaching. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Envisioning a time when people age without fear of dementia

Moved by the human devastation and scientific conundrum of Alzheimer’s, William Li seeks to work on therapies for the disease. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Study finds workers misjudge wage markets

A new study finds employees underestimate salary levels in their own industry, leading them to spend less time exploring the job market. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Researchers help robots navigate efficiently in uncertain environments

A new algorithm can automatically select the best shortcuts for a robot to take on its way to a destination that will reduce the overall travel time while limiting the likelihood that the robot will meet an impassable obstacle. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

“Imagine it, build it” at MIT

MIT mechanical engineering class 2.679 (Electronics for Mechanical Systems II) transforms students from consumers of knowledge to explorers and innovators. The design intent of 2.679 is to empower students to ‘imagine it, build it,'" says Professor Tonio Buonassisi. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Life on Mars, together

MIT students Madelyn Hoying and Wing Lam (Nicole) Chan were part of Crew 290 at the Mars Desert Research Station. The six-person crew completed a two-week simulation under the name Project MADMEN, an analog of potential Martian search-for-life missions. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Letting the Earth answer back: Designing better planetary conversations

Chen Chu explores the global relevance of local floodplain resilience strategies, and brings to the Morningside Academy his unique perspective in political ecology and urban design. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

How free online courses from MIT can “transform the future of the world”

MIT OpenCourseWare is a global model for open sharing in higher education. With more than 5 million subscribers, OpenCourseWare’s YouTube channel inspires millions of learners across the globe to expand their knowledge and develop new skills for free. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Master bladesmith Bob Kramer’s lessons from the school of life

In an MIT visit, the endlessly curious Kramer explained how he sampled careers from cook to circus clown before beginning the pursuit of mastery within his craft. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Remembering Ken Johnson Jr., MIT DAPER director of communications, promotions, and marketing

Ken Johnson Jr., director of communications, promotions, and marketing in the MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER), passed away after suffering a stroke. He was 47 years old. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

A sprayable gel could make minimally invasive surgeries simpler and safer

The new GastroShield gel can be sprayed through an endoscope after polyps are removed during colonoscopy, protecting the gut and helping prevent complications from weakened gastrointestinal tissues. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Boosting student engagement and workforce development in microelectronics

The Northeast Microelectronics Internship Program for first- and second-year college students looks to expand its reach, with thanks to new funding from the Northeast Microelectronics Coalition Hub. The program is an initiative of MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratories. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Scientists develop a rapid gene-editing screen to find effects of cancer mutations

MIT researchers found a way to screen cancer-linked gene mutations much more easily and quickly than existing approaches, using a variant of CRISPR genome-editing known as prime editing. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Reducing pesticide use while increasing effectiveness

MIT spinout AgZen developed a system for feedback-optimized spraying that can help farmers spray more efficiently and effectively, using fewer chemicals overall. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Exploring the cellular neighborhood

Machine-learning software called tomoDRGN allows scientists to model shapeshifting proteins in their native environment. The work is led by Barrett Powell and Joey Davis of the MIT Department of Biology. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

A new sensor detects harmful “forever chemicals” in drinking water

An MIT sensor can detect “forever chemicals” known as PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in drinking water. PFAS are found in many consumer products and are linked to cancer and other health problems. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

For people who speak many languages, there’s something special about their native tongue

An MIT study of polyglots found the brain’s language network responds more strongly when hearing languages a speaker is more proficient in — and much more weakly to the speaker’s native language. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Researchers enhance peripheral vision in AI models

A dataset of transformed images can be used to effectively simulate peripheral vision in a machine-learning model, improving the performance of these models on detecting and recognizing objects that are off to the side or in the corner of a scene. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

How sensory gamma rhythm stimulation clears amyloid in Alzheimer’s mice

An MIT study finds stimulating a key brain rhythm with light and sound increases peptide release from interneurons, driving clearance of an Alzheimer’s protein via the brain’s glymphatic system. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Is this the future of fashion?

The 4D Knit Dress developed by MIT's Self-Assembly Lab combines several technologies — heat-activated yarns, computerized knitting; robotic activation — to create a garment that is sculpted to create a personalized fit and style. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Three MIT alumni graduate from NASA astronaut training

MIT alumni Marcos Berríos, Christina Birch, and Christopher Williams have graduated from NASA astronaut training and are eligible for flight assignments. They encourage MIT students to apply for the next astronaut class. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

How the brain coordinates speaking and breathing

MIT researchers discovered a brain circuit that drives vocalization and ensures that you talk only when you breathe out, and stop talking when you breathe in. This circuit is under control of a brainstem region called the pre-Bötzinger complex. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Method rapidly verifies that a robot will avoid collisions

A new safety-check technique can prove with 100 percent accuracy that a planned robot motion will not result in a collision. The method can generate a proof in seconds and does so in a way that can be easily verified by a human. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Deciphering the cellular mechanisms behind ALS

Professor Ernest Fraenkel has decoded fundamental aspects of Huntington’s disease and glioblastoma, and is now using computation to better understand amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

MIT scientists use a new type of nanoparticle to make vaccines more powerful

A type of nanoparticle called a metal organic framework (MOF) could be used to deliver vaccines and act as an adjuvant. MIT researchers find these particles provoke a strong immune response by activating the innate immune system through cell proteins called toll-like receptors. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

A noninvasive treatment for “chemo brain”

A noninvasive treatment may help to counter “chemo brain” impairment often seen in chemotherapy patients: Exposure to light and sound with a frequency of 40 hertz protected brain cells from chemotherapy-induced damage in mice, MIT researchers found. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

New exhibits showcase trailblazing MIT women

Two MIT Libraries exhibits explore the history of women at MIT. One examines women in biology, bioengineering, chemistry, and chemical engineering; the other identifies the women who built the core rope memory and magnetic core memory for the Apollo Guidance Computer. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Nicole McGaa: Ensuring safe travels in space

Nicole McGaa, an MIT senior majoring in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, seeks to make spaceflight easier and safer for the human body. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

“This MIT Bootcamp shook everything upside down and has given me the spirit of innovation”

A new MIT Bootcamps hybrid program brings a multidisciplinary approach to tackling substance use disorder through biomedical device innovation. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Using generative AI to improve software testing

MIT spinout DataCebo helps companies bolster their datasets by creating synthetic data that mimic the real thing. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

At Sustainability Connect 2024, a look at how MIT is decarbonizing its campus

More than 100 members of the MIT community attended Sustainability Connect, a yearly forum that offers an inside look at this transformative and comprehensive work that is the foundation for MIT’s climate and sustainability leadership on campus. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

School of Science announces 2024 Infinite Expansion Awards

MIT's School of Science recognized Sarthak Chandra, Michal Fux, Andrew Savinov, Ho Fung Cheng, Gabi Wenzel, Yu-An Zhang, Wouter Van de Pontseele, Alexander Shvonski, and David Stoppel with 2024 Infinite Expansion Awards. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Exposure to different kinds of music influences how the brain interprets rhythm

The human brain appears biased toward hearing and producing rhythms with simple integer ratios, but the favored ratios can vary greatly between different societies, according to a 15-country study led by MIT researchers. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Tests show high-temperature superconducting magnets are ready for fusion

A comprehensive study of high-temperature superconducting magnets built by MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems confirms they meet requirements for an economic, compact fusion power plant. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Study determines the original orientations of rocks drilled on Mars

MIT geologists determined the original orientation of many of the Mars bedrock samples collected by the Perseverance rover. The findings can give scientists clues to the conditions in which the rocks originally formed. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Four-peat: MIT students take first place in the 84th Putnam Math Competition

MIT undergraduates win all five top spots for the fourth year in a row and capture the Elizabeth Lowell Putnam Prize. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

First-year MIT students gain hands-on research experience in supportive peer community

MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering opened their labs to first-year students looking to gain research experience and collaborate with current graduate students and postdocs. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Three Lincoln Laboratory inventions named IEEE Milestones

IEEE designated three historical MIT Lincoln Laboratory technologies as IEEE Milestones: the Mode S air traffic control radar beacon system, 193-nanometer photolithography, and the semiconductor laser. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Startup accelerates progress toward light-speed computing

Lightmatter, a startup founded by three MIT alumni, is using photons as well as electrons to perform the computations that power AI models and facilitate chip-to-chip communication. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

A careful rethinking of the Iraq War

“Death, Dominance, and State-Building,” a new book by MIT Professor Roger Petersen, takes a close look at military operations and political dynamics of the Iraq War. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Dealing with the limitations of our noisy world

MIT Professor Tamara Broderick uses Bayesian inference to quantify uncertainty in an effort to better understand the limits of data analysis techniques. She collaborates with scientists in an array of fields, helping them craft better data analysis for their research. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Eight from MIT named 2024 Sloan Research Fellows

MIT faculty members Jacob Andreas, Adam Belay, Soonwon Choi, Maryam Farboodi, Lina Necib, Arvind Satyanarayan, Andrew Vanderburg, and Xiao Wang have won 2024 Sloan Research Fellowships to advance their research in chemistry, physics, computer science, and finance. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Power when the sun doesn’t shine

Form Energy, co-founded by MIT materials scientist Yet-Ming Chiang, is incorporating renewables into the grid using their iron-air batteries and research from the lab of MIT IDSS Professor Jessika Trancik. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Brain surgery training from an avatar

As part of the START.nano startup accelerator, Brazilian medical venture EDUCSIM is working with the MIT.nano Immersion Lab and researchers at Boston Children's Hospital to develop a virtual reality (VR) infant neuroscience training platform to train medical students in remo … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Professor Edward Roberts, management scholar, champion of entrepreneurship, and “MIT icon,” dies at 88

Edward B. Roberts, a visionary MIT management professor who studied entrepreneurship while building the Institute’s flourishing innovation ecosystem, has died at 88. | Continue reading | 1 month ago