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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an independent, coeducational, privately endowed university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our mission is to advance knowledge; to educate students in science, engineering, technology humanities and social sciences; and to tackle the most pressing problems facing the world today. We are a community of hands-on problem-solvers in love with fundamental science and eager to make the world a better place.
 
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Researchers at MIT have done a detailed analysis and created a set of computational tools to enable architects and engineers to design truss structures in a way that can minimize their embodied carbon while maintaining all needed properties for a given building application. Read the article: https://news.mit.edu/2021/truss-structure-carbon-material…
 
MIT researchers have now incorporated certain social interactions into a framework for robotics, enabling machines to understand what it means to help or hinder one another, and to learn to perform these social behaviors on their own.Read the article: https://news.mit.edu/2021/robots-social-skills-1105…
 
Good sleep can be hard to come by. But a new study by researchers at MIT and the University of São Paulo in Brazil finds that if you can make up for lost sleep, even for just a few weekend hours, the extra zzz’s could help reduce fatigue-induced clumsiness, at least in how you walk.Read the article: https://news.mit.edu/2021/lack-sleep-walk-1026…
 
As climate change brings greater threats to coastal ecosystems, new research can help planners leverage the wave-damping benefits of marsh plants. Read the article: https://news.mit.edu/2021/how-marsh-grass-protects-shorelines-1018MIT News
 
Researchers at MIT and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are combining machine learning and human-computer interaction to create a better electronic health record (EHR). They developed MedKnowts, a system that unifies the processes of looking up medical records and documenting patient information into a single, interactive interface.Read the…
 
Engineers at MIT have developed a new approach to removing lead or other heavy-metal contaminants from water, in a process that they say is far more energy-efficient than any other currently used system, though there are others under development that come close. Ultimately, it might be used to treat lead-contaminated water supplies at the home leve…
 
Would you like to live longer? It turns out that where you live, not just how you live, can make a big difference. That’s the finding of an innovative study co-authored by an MIT economist, which examines senior citizens across the U.S. and concludes that some locations enhance longevity more than others, potentially for multiple reasons.Read the a…
 
Electrochemical reactions that are accelerated using catalysts lie at the heart of many processes for making and using fuels, chemicals, and materials — including storing electricity from renewable energy sources in chemical bonds, an important capability for decarbonizing transportation fuels. Now, research at MIT could open the door to ways of ma…
 
In the face of grave concerns about misinformation, social media networks and news organizations often employ fact-checkers to sort the real from the false. But fact-checkers can only assess a small portion of the stories floating around online. A new study by MIT researchers suggests an alternate approach: Crowdsourced accuracy judgements from gro…
 
Two MIT professors have proposed a new approach to estimating the risks of exposure to Covid-19 under different indoor settings based on the number of people, the size of the space, the kinds of activity, whether masks are worn, and the ventilation and filtration rates. Read the article: https://news.mit.edu/2021/covid-19-risks-indoor-0415…
 
MIT Associate Professor Andrews Sevtsuk has developed a model of pedestrian movement that could help planners and developers better grasp the flow of foot traffic in all cities. His work emphasizes the functionality of a neighborhood's elements, above and beyond its physical form, making the model one that could be used from Cambridge to Cape Town.…
 
Thousands of different bacterial species live within the human gut. Most are beneficial, while others can be harmful. A new study from an MIT-led team has revealed that these bacterial populations can remake themselves within the lifetime of their host, by passing genes back and forth. They also found for people in industrialized societies this hap…
 
Stopping the spread of political misinformation on social media may seem like an impossible task. But a new study co-authored by MIT scholars finds that most people who share false news stories online do so unintentionally, and that their sharing habits can be modified through reminders about accuracy.Read the article: https://news.mit.edu/2021/soc…
 
The world’s oceans are a vast repository for gases including ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs. They absorb these gases from the atmosphere and draw them down to the deep, where they can remain sequestered for centuries and more.Marine CFCs have long been used as tracers to study ocean currents, but their impact on atmospheric concentrat…
 
MIT engineers have spun polyethylene into fibers and yarns designed to wick away moisture. They wove the yarns into silky, lightweight fabrics that absorb and evaporate water more quickly than common textiles such as cotton, nylon, and polyester.Read the article: https://news.mit.edu/2021/plastic-bags-recycle-fabrics-0315…
 
A new study co-authored by MIT scholars suggests that healthier women are more likely to follow age-based guidelines, leaving room for better-targeted testing. Women who start getting mammograms at age 40 may be healthier than the population of 40-year-old women as a whole — and they have a lower incidence of breast cancer than those who do not sta…
 
At a time when hostilities between countries increasingly occur online a new paper, co-authored by an MIT professor, suggests why countries that retaliate too much against online attacks make things worse for themselves.Read the article: https://news.mit.edu/2020/cybersecurity-deterrence-retaliation-1210…
 
This recording is a product of a glissando of sound waves that a team of MIT physicists sent through a carefully controlled gas of elementary particles known as fermions. The pitches that can be heard are the particular frequencies at which the gas resonates, like a plucked string. The way that sound travels through this fluid can be used to calcul…
 
More than 75 percent of the the quality engineering startup Ultranauts' employees are on the autism spectrum, allowing the company to tap into the unique strengths of each team member as it helps large enterprises and mature startups improve the quality of their data, analytics, and software. Read the article: https://news.mit.edu/2020/ultranauts-n…
 
A new MIT-developed system called RoboGrammar makes it possible to simulate and determine which robot design, out of thousands of possibilities, will work best based on what parts you have laying around your shop and what terrain it needs to traverse. Read the article: https://news.mit.edu/2020/computer-aided-robot-design-1130…
 
Since the coronavirus pandemic began in the spring, many people have only seen their close friends and loved ones during video calls, if at all. A new study from MIT finds that the longings we feel during this kind of social isolation share a neural basis with the food cravings we feel when hungry.Read the article: https://news.mit.edu/2020/hunger-…
 
For more information read the article: https://news.mit.edu/2020/covid-19-cough-cellphone-detection-1029TRANSCRIPT: [AUDIO RECORDING OF A PERSON COUGHING]NARRATOR: Asymptomatic people who are infected with Covid-19 exhibit, by definition, no discernible physical symptoms of the disease. But it seems those who are asymptomatic may not be entirely fr…
 
In elections, every vote counts. Or should count. But a new study by an MIT professor indicates that in the 2016 U.S. general election, 4 percent of all mail-in ballots were not counted — about 1.4 million votes, or 1 percent of all votes cast, signaling a significant problem that could grow in 2020.Read the article: http://news.mit.edu/2020/odds-m…
 
A study co-authored by MIT political scientist, Charles Stewart, quantifies the "blue shift" effect by state, analyzes its causes, and shows why the 2020 election might indeed be decided after Nov. 3. Read the article: http://news.mit.edu/2020/votes-counted-after-election-1015MIT News
 
As the Covid-19 shutdowns and stay- at- home orders brought much of the world’s travel and commerce to a standstill, people around the world started noticing clearer skies as a result of lower levels of air pollution. Now, researchers have been able to demonstrate that those clearer skies had a measurable impact on the output from solar photovoltai…
 
Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have designed a new face mask that they believe could stop viral particles as effectively as N95 masks. Unlike N95 masks, the new masks were designed to be easily sterilized and used many times.Read the article: http://news.mit.edu/2020/reusable-silicone-rubber-face-mask-0709…
 
A study co-authored by MIT scholars finds social media sharing affects news judgment, but a quick exercise reduces the problem.Read the article: http://news.mit.edu/2020/share-covid-19-misinformation-0709MIT News
 
Darien Alexander Williams is a PhD student in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. His academic research, which focuses on disaster recovery, community organizing, and marginalized populations has taken him to study in locations and with communities across the country and the world. Here he discusses the connections between his work…
 
Like this year’s seniors, the Class of 1970 had its final semester disrupted: Fifty years ago, growing unrest over the Vietnam War led to the cancellation of MIT classes. In this podcast, Karen Arenson ’70 and senior Bahrudin Trbalic share their experiences. Written, directed and produced by: Melanie Gonick/MITCo-producer: Christine Daniloff/MITAud…
 
Samantha Farrell is the assistant to Vladimir Bulović, the director of MIT.nano, as well as a professional musician. Here, she talks about how music is keeping her focused, productive, and sane and how in times like these, “. . . the arts really shine, people’s humanity can really shine, and musicians and filmmakers and artists are needed more than…
 
One of the most pressing shortages facing hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency is a lack of ventilators. These machines can keep patients breathing when they no longer can on their own, and they can cost around $30,000 each. Now, a rapidly assembled volunteer team of engineers, physicians, computer scientists, and others, centered at MIT, is wor…
 
As the world grapples with the public health crises and myriad disruptions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, many efforts to address its impact are underway. Several of those initiatives are being led by companies that were founded by MIT alumni, professors, students, and researchers.Read the article: http://news.mit.edu/2020/mit-companies-covid…
 
Keeping our distance from each other for an extended period of time is the most effective way to reduce COVID-19’s spread. But the prospect of prolonged social isolation is uncharted territory for many of us. To get some insight on how we might navigate this period of social separation, MIT News checked in with MIT alumna and former astronaut Cady …
 
Frontline health workers represent the lifeblood of many health care systems in low- and middle-income countries around the world. These workers operate outside hospital settings to meet the community's poorest people where they live and work, ensuring health care initiatives impact the families that need them most. CommCare, a product developed by…
 
MIT researchers report that more than half of all air-quality-related early deaths in the United States are a result of emissions originating outside of the state in which those deaths occur. Read the article: http://news.mit.edu/2020/half-us-deaths-air-pollution-out-state-0212MIT News
 
A new study estimates that improving the rates of handwashing by travelers passing through just 10 of the world’s leading airports could significantly reduce the spread of many infectious diseases. The findings, which deal with infectious diseases in general including the flu, were published in late December, just before the recent coronavirus outb…
 
The areas of Indonesia where Dutch colonial rulers built a huge sugar-producing industry in the 1800s remain more economically productive today than other parts of the country, according to a study co-authored by an MIT economist. Read the article: http://news.mit.edu/2020/sugar-factories-colonial-indonesia-olken-dell-0206…
 
We've asked graduate student Rachel Smith to explain what bioprinting is, and what biohybrid materials are, and give us some idea of where these fields of study are going.3D printing is everywhere. From bike parts, to fashion, to novelty key chains, to tools and light fixtures. We often see it employed to accelerate production processes and prototy…
 
While the process by which volcanic islands from is similar from chain to chain, the time that any island spends above sea level can very widely, from a few million years in the case of the Galapagos to over 20 million for the Canary Islands. And yet the mechanisms that set an island's lifespan are largely unknown. Read the article: http://news.mit…
 
Throughout most of 2016, a significant percentage of the American public believed the winner of the November 2016 election would be a woman. Strikingly, a new study from cognitive scientists and linguists at MIT and elsewhere shows that despite that belief people rarely used the pronoun "she" when referring to the next U.S. president before the ele…
 
At the undergraduate level at MIT there is a course within the linguistics program creating a lot of buzz: 24.917 Constructed Languages. Taught by Professor Norvin Richards, this course aims to get students interested in linguistics by having them create their own languages from scratch. Audio transcript: https://shass.mit.edu/news/news-2019-transc…
 
Once upon a time — from the 1600s through the 1800s — Japan had a spy corps so famous we know their name today: the ninjas, intelligence agents serving the ruling Tokugawa family. Over the last 75 years, however, as international spying and espionage has proliferated, Japan has mostly been on the sidelines of this global game. Defeat in World War I…
 
Five hundred years after Leonardo da Vinci's death, the design for what would have been the world's longest bridge span of its time intrigued MIT researchers, who wondered how thought-through Leonardo's concept was and whether it really would have worked. Read the article: http://news.mit.edu/2019/leonardo-da-vinci-bridge-test-1010…
 
A team of researchers at MIT has come up with a new way to eliminate carbon emissions from cement production – a major global source of greenhouse gases. Read the story on MIT News: http://news.mit.edu/2019/carbon-dioxide-emissions-free-cement-0916MIT News
 
Two MIT professors have found a strong relationship between students’ grades and how much sleep they’re getting. What time students go to bed and the consistency of their sleep habits also make a big difference. And no, getting a good night’s sleep just before a big test is not good enough — it takes several nights in a row of good sleep to make a …
 
Rendever's virtual reality (VR) platform brings new experiences and fond memories to aging adults in nursing homes. Read the story: http://news.mit.edu/2019/rendever-virtual-reality-0913Rendever: http://rendever.com/MIT News
 
MIT engineers have developed a magnetically steerable, thread-like robot that can actively glide through narrow, winding pathways, such as the labrynthine vasculature of the brain to treat blockages and lesions, such as those that occur in aneurysms and stroke.Read the story: http://news.mit.edu/2019/robot-brain-blood-vessels-0828…
 
A new study co-authored by MIT economist Pierre Azoulay, an expert on the dynamics of scientific research, finds deaths of prominent life scientists tend to be followed by a surge in highly cited research by newcomers. Read the story: http://news.mit.edu/2019/life-science-funding-researchers-die-0829…
 
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