In 2015, the first of two MIT-Boston University law clinics was formed to provide free legal services to student innovators while giving law students experience working on technology-related legal matters. Several metrics could be used to measure the clinics’ success since then: More than 750 student teams have received support […]

Like most offices across MIT, the Office of Sustainability (MITOS) has in recent months worked to pivot projects while seeking to understand and participate in the emergence of a new normal as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite now working off campus, the MITOS team methodology — one that […]

Today, Russia’s economy depends heavily upon its abundant fossil fuel resources. Russia is one of the world’s largest exporters of fossil fuels, and a number of its key exporting industries — including metals, chemicals, and fertilizers — draw on fossil resources. The nation also consumes fossil fuels at a relatively […]

Wouldn’t we all appreciate a little help around the house, especially if that help came in the form of a smart, adaptable, uncomplaining robot? Sure, there are the one-trick Roombas of the appliance world. But MIT engineers are envisioning robots more like home helpers, able to follow high-level, Alexa-type commands, […]

On a cloudy day last August, Emily Zhang held her breath at the Hockenheimring racetrack in Germany’s Rhine Valley. Less than two weeks after the circuit hosted the German Grand Prix, it was the stage for Formula Student Germany, one of the world’s most competitive automobile design competitions for students. […]

A kickoff event on June 24 commenced a summer of science for local high school students. Established in 2017, the Leaders through Education, Action, and Hope (LEAH) Knox Scholars Program is a collaboration between MIT and Health Resources in Action (HRiA), providing mentorship and hands-on lab experience in the field […]

When coronavirus cases in Massachusetts began to increase in early March, the MIT community sprang into action. By late March, more than 50 MIT departments, labs, and centers had donated extra, unopened personal protective equipment (PPE) to support area hospitals and frontline health-care workers in need. An MIT Medical outreach team […]

On June 18, 609 learners celebrated the completion of MITx MicroMasters programs in Data, Economics, and Development Policy (DEDP), Principles of Manufacturing, and Statistics and Data Science in an online event hosted by MIT Open Learning. With Vice President for Open Learning Professor Sanjay Sarma presiding, the celebration emphasized the […]

“My hopes that the internship would be possible were dashed,” rising sophomore Nieky Wang reflects about the impact Covid-19 had on her plans to take part in MIT-India this summer. “I wasn’t sure if I would be personally comfortable with traveling abroad during a pandemic, even if it was allowed […]

For humans, it can be challenging to manipulate thin flexible objects like ropes, wires, or cables. But if these problems are hard for humans, they are nearly impossible for robots. As a cable slides between the fingers, its shape is constantly changing, and the robot’s fingers must be constantly sensing […]

Though Frances Ross and her sister Caroline Ross both ended up on the faculty of MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, they got there by quite different pathways. While Caroline followed a more traditional academic route and has spent most of her career at MIT, Frances Ross spent most […]

While we are starting to get a handle on drugs and therapeutics that might to help alleviate brain disorders, efficient delivery remains a roadblock to tackling these devastating diseases. New research from the Graybiel, Cima, and Langer labs at MIT now uses a computational approach, one that accounts for the […]

While shadowing human resources employees at a fast-growing technology company, Summer Jackson began to notice a strange pattern. The well-intentioned company was struggling to achieve its diversity goals, but it was reluctant to use recruiting tools that could help. The issue was the way these sites displayed underrepresented candidates in […]

An essential component of any climate change mitigation plan is cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from human activities. Some power plants now have CO2 capture equipment that grabs CO2 out of their exhaust. But those systems are each the size of a chemical plant, cost hundreds of millions of dollars, require a lot […]

To stay current about the Covid-19 pandemic, people need to process health information when they read the news. Inevitably, that means people will be exposed to health misinformation, too, in the form of false content, often found online, about the illness. Now a study co-authored by MIT scholars contains bad […]

When schools around the world closed their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, the team behind MIT App Inventor — a web-based, visual-programming environment that allows children to develop applications for smartphones and tablets — began thinking about how they could not only help keep children engaged and learning, but […]

Last month, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) held a free, five-day webinar series in place of their annual in-person Evaluating Social Programs Course. The interactive webinar sessions introduced participants to why and how randomized evaluations can be used to rigorously measure program impact. Lectures were guided by […]

If anything happens to the eyes of the tiny, freshwater-dwelling planarian Schmidtea mediterranea, they can grow them back within just a few days. How they do this is a scientific conundrum — one that Peter Reddien’s lab at Whitehead Institute has been studying for years. The lab’s latest project offers […]

It’s often easy to tell when colleagues are struggling with a cold — they sound sick. Maybe their voices are lower or have a nasally tone. Infections change the quality of our voices in various ways. But MIT Lincoln Laboratory researchers are detecting these changes in Covid-19 patients even when […]

The MIT Libraries honored the outstanding contributions of its employees June 18 with a virtual Infinite Mile Awards ceremony. The circus-themed program, titled “The Greatest Staff on Earth,” featured a staff talent showcase and socially distant performances by the libraries’ band, The Dust Jackets.  Director Chris Bourg presented awards to […]

Sreya Vangara was ready to get her hands dirty. In February, the sophomore was starting her first Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) project at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), having spent two semesters more theoretically occupied writing algorithms for self-driving cars. Now she would be working on […]

MIT researchers have developed a process to manufacture and integrate “artificial atoms,” created by atomic-scale defects in microscopically thin slices of diamond, with photonic circuitry, producing the largest quantum chip of its type. The accomplishment “marks a turning point” in the field of scalable quantum processors, says Dirk Englund, an […]

The following email was sent to the MIT community today from MIT President L. Rafael Reif. To the members of the MIT community, On Monday, in a surprising development, a division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that it will not permit international students on F-1 visas to take a […]

The great U.S. economic boom after World War II was an urban phenomenon. Tens of millions of Americans flocked to cities to work and forge a future in the nation’s middle class. And for a few decades, living in the big city paid off. By 1980, four-year college graduates in […]

Beginning July 1, nine faculty members in the MIT School of Science have been granted tenure by MIT. They are appointed in the departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. Physicist Ibrahim Cisse investigates living cells to reveal and study collective behaviors and biomolecular phase transitions at […]

In inviting some of its undergraduates back to campus for the fall semester, MIT will prioritize seniors — to allow them to progress toward completion of their degrees in 2021 — as well as others who need to be on campus, or who require in-person instruction, to succeed in their […]

For the mining industry, efforts to achieve sustainability are moving from local to global. In the past, mining companies focused sustainability initiatives more on their social license to operate — treating workers fairly and operating safe and healthy facilities. However, concerns over climate change have put mining operations and supply […]

Over the course of their education at MIT, mechanical engineering undergraduate students have many opportunities to build things. From robots that can accomplish complex tasks to underwater vehicles that can navigate the Charles River and functional product prototypes, Course 2 majors can often spend a lot of time “making.” But […]

Many forms of Western music make use of harmony, or the sound created by certain pairs of notes. A longstanding question is why some combinations of notes are perceived as pleasant while others sound jarring to the ear. Are the combinations we favor a universal phenomenon? Or are they specific […]

The following letter was sent to the MIT community today by President L. Rafael Reif. To the members of the MIT community, Every day brings fresh evidence that our society has arrived at a turning point.  For years, the nation has grown increasingly unstable, the predictable result of tolerating severe […]

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