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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.

MIT engineers build a battery-free, wireless underwater camera

“The device could help scientists explore unknown regions of the ocean, track pollution, or monitor the effects of climate change. Scientists estimate that more than 95 percent of Earth’s oceans have never been observed, which means we have seen …

Passive cooling system could benefit off-grid locations

“Relying on evaporation and radiation — but not electricity — the system could keep food fresh longer or supplement air conditioning in buildings. As the world gets warmer, the use of power-hungry air conditioning systems is projected to increase significantly, putting a …

Soft robots that grip with the right amount of force

“Researchers created a system that lets robots effectively use grasped tools with the correct amount of force. Tool use has long been a hallmark of human intelligence, as well as a practical problem to solve for a vast array of …

Study: Astronomers risk misinterpreting planetary signals in James Webb data

“Refining current opacity models will be key to unearthing details of exoplanet properties — and signs of life — in data from the powerful new telescope. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is revealing the universe with spectacular, unprecedented clarity. The …

Collaborative machine learning that preserves privacy

“Researchers increase the accuracy and efficiency of a machine-learning method that safeguards user data. Training a machine-learning model to effectively perform a task, such as image classification, involves showing the model thousands, millions, or even billions of example images. Gathering …

Turning carbon dioxide into valuable products

“Assistant Professor Ariel Furst and her colleagues are looking to DNA to help guide the process. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a major contributor to climate change and a significant product of many human activities, notably industrial manufacturing. A major goal …

AI that can learn the patterns of human language

“On its own, a new machine-learning model discovers linguistic rules that often match up with those created by human experts. Human languages are notoriously complex, and linguists have long thought it would be impossible to teach a machine how to …

MIT’s MOXIE experiment reliably produces oxygen on Mars

“Day and night, and across seasons, the instrument generates breathable oxygen from the Red Planet’s thin atmosphere. On the red and dusty surface of Mars, nearly 100 million miles from Earth, an instrument the size of a lunchbox is …

A new concept for low-cost batteries

“Made from inexpensive, abundant materials, an aluminum-sulfur battery could provide low-cost backup storage for renewable energy sources. As the world builds out ever larger installations of wind and solar power systems, the need is growing fast for economical, large-scale backup …

Building better batteries, faster

“PhD student Pablo Leon uses machine learning to expedite research on novel battery materials, while helping newer students navigate graduate school. To help combat climate change, many car manufacturers are racing to add more electric vehicles in their lineups. But …