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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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MIT study compares the four largest internet meganetworks

“With thousands of satellites, each network could beam down tens of terabits per second, filling gaps left by land-based services. The team estimated each network’s total throughput based on the most recent petitions filed by each company to the …

New drug-formulation method may lead to smaller pills

“Chemical engineers have found a way to load more drug into a tablet, which could then be made smaller and easier to swallow. About 60 percent of drugs on the market have hydrophobic molecules as their active ingredients. These drugs …

Tiny particles power chemical reactions

“A new material made from carbon nanotubes can generate electricity by scavenging energy from its environment. MIT engineers have discovered a new way of generating electricity using tiny carbon particles that can create a current simply by interacting with liquid …

3D printing tiny parts for big impact

“Professor Nicholas Fang’s startup Boston Micro Fabrication uses a novel light-focusing method to make ultraprecise printers. Whether it’s computer chips, smartphone components, or camera parts, the hardware in many products is constantly getting smaller. The trend is pushing …

Engineers create a programmable fiber

“In a first, the digital fiber contains memory, temperature sensors, and a trained neural network program for inferring physical activity. MIT researchers have created the first fiber with digital capabilities, able to sense, store, analyze, and infer activity after being …

Phonon catalysis could lead to a new field

“By selectively heating specific phonons without heating the entire material, researchers have enhanced ion diffusion in a way that could have broad applications. Batteries and fuel cells often rely on a process known as ion diffusion to function. In ion …

How metals work together to weaken hardy nitrogen-nitrogen bonds

“Study yields clues into how nitrogenase, an enzyme critical for life, converts nitrogen into ammonia. Nitrogen, an element that is essential for all living cells, makes up about 78 percent of Earth’s atmosphere. However, most organisms cannot make use …

More efficient lidar sensing for self-driving cars

“If you see a self-driving car out in the wild, you might notice a giant spinning cylinder on top of its roof. That’s a lidar sensor, and it works by sending out pulses of infrared light and measuring the …

Slender robotic finger senses buried items

“The technology uses tactile sensing to identify objects underground, and might one day help disarm land mines or inspect cables. Over the years, robots have gotten quite good at identifying objects — as long as they’re out in the open …

The future of the IoT (batteries not required)

“Benton Calhoun SM ‘02 PhD ‘06 and David Wentzloff SM ‘02 PhD ‘07 are co-founders of Everactive, which uses wireless sensing to provide continuous remote monitoring for the industrial internet of things. When Ben Calhoun and Dave Wentzloff co-founded Everactive …