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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Institute is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university, with an urban campus that extends more than a mile (1.6 km) alongside the Charles River. The Institute also encompasses a number of major off-campus facilities such as the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Bates Center, and the Haystack Observatory, as well as affiliated laboratories such as the Broad and Whitehead Institutes. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. It has since played a key role in the development of many aspects of modern science, engineering, mathematics, and technology, and is widely known for its innovation and academic strength, making it one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world.

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Chemists boost boron’s utility

“A strategy for preventing boron-containing compounds from breaking down could help medicinal chemists design new drugs. Boron, a metalloid element that sits next to carbon in the periodic table, has many traits that make it potentially useful as a drug …

Engineering the boundary between 2D and 3D materials

“Cutting-edge microscope helps reveal ways to control the electronic properties of atomically thin materials. In recent years, engineers have found ways to modify the properties of some “two- dimensional” materials, which are just one or a few atoms thick, by …

Researchers introduce a new generation of tiny, agile drones

“The technology could boost aerial robots’ repertoire, allowing them to operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions. If you’ve ever swatted a mosquito away from your face, only to have it return again (and again and again), you know …

An aggressive market-driven model for US fusion power development

“National Academies study says fusion can help decarbonize US energy, calls for public-private approach to pilot plant operation by 2035-40. Electricity generated by fusion power plants could play an important role in decarbonizing the U.S. energy sector by mid-century …

Data transfer system connects silicon chips with a hair’s-width cable

“The advance could improve energy efficiency of data centers and lighten the load for electronics-rich vehicles. Researchers have developed a data transfer system that can transmit information 10 times faster than a USB. The new link pairs high-frequency silicon chips …

New “metalens” shifts focus without tilting or moving

“The design may enable miniature zoom lenses for drones, cellphones, or night-vision goggles. Polished glass has been at the center of imaging systems for centuries. Their precise curvature enables lenses to focus light and produce sharp images, whether the object …

Researchers improve efficiency of next-generation solar cell material

“Reducing internal losses could pave the way to low-cost perovskite-based photovoltaics that match silicon cells’ output. Perovskites are a leading candidate for eventually replacing silicon as the material of choice for solar panels. They offer the potential for low-cost, low-temperature …

Nanowire could provide a stable, easy-to-make superconducting transistor

“Inspired by decades-old MIT research, the new technology could boost quantum computers and other superconducting electronics. Superconductors — materials that conduct electricity without resistance — are remarkable. They provide a macroscopic glimpse into quantum phenomena, which are usually observable only at the …

A language learning system that pays attention — more efficiently than ever before

“MIT researchers’ new hardware and software system streamlines state-of-the-art sentence analysis. Human language can be inefficient. Some words are vital. Others, expendable. Reread the first sentence of this story. Just two words, “language” and “inefficient,” convey almost the entire meaning …

Fabricating fully functional drones

“CSAIL’s “LaserFactory” system automates the full process for making functional devices in one system. From Star Trek’s replicators to Richie Rich’s wishing machine, popular culture has a long history of parading flashy machines that can instantly output …