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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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“Giant atoms” enable quantum processing and communication in one

“Researchers devise an on-off system that allows high-fidelity operations and interconnection between processors. MIT researchers have introduced a quantum computing architecture thatcan perform low-error quantum computations while also rapidly sharing quantum information between processors. The work represents a key advance …

Looking into the black box

“Deep learning systems are revolutionizing technology around us, from voice recognition that pairs you with your phone to autonomous vehicles that are increasingly able to see and recognize obstacles ahead. But much of this success involves trial and error when …

Chemists make tough plastics recyclable

“New method for producing thermoset plastics allows them to be broken down more easily after use. Thermosets, which include epoxies, polyurethanes, and rubber used for tires, are found in many products that have to be durable and heat-resistant, such as …

Letting robots manipulate cables

“Robotic gripper with soft sensitive fingers developed at MIT can handle cables with unprecedented dexterity. 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 …

Portable system boosts laser precision, at room temperature

““Light squeezer” reduces quantum noise in lasers, could enhance quantum computing and gravitational-wave detection. Physicists at MIT have designed a quantum “light squeezer” that reduces quantum noise in an incoming laser beam by 15 percent. It is the first system …

Scaling up the quantum chip

“MIT engineers develop a hybrid process that connects photonics with “artificial atoms,” to produce the largest quantum chip of its type. MIT researchers have developed a process to manufacture and integrate “artificial atoms,” created by atomic-scale defects in microscopically thin …

CSAIL robot disinfects The Greater Boston Food Bank to fight Covid-19

“For every droplet dispersed into the air that we can’t see, touch, or feel, the ominous threat of spreading Covid-19 persists. It’s become increasingly critical to keep these heavy droplets from lingering - especially on surfaces, which are welcoming …

Identifying a melody by studying a musician’s body language

“Music gesture artificial intelligence tool developed at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab uses body movements to isolate the sounds of individual instruments. We listen to music with our ears, but also our eyes, watching with appreciation as the pianist …

Quantum fluctuations can jiggle objects on the human scale

“Study shows LIGO’s 40-kilogram mirrors can move in response to tiny quantum effects, revealing the “spooky popcorn of the universe.” The universe, as seen through the lens of quantum mechanics, is a noisy, crackling space where particles blink constantly …

Engineers design a device that operates like a brain synapse

“Ion-based technology may enable energy-efficient simulations of the brain’s learning process, for neural network AI systems. Teams around the world are building ever more sophisticated artificial intelligence systems of a type called neural networks, designed in some ways to …