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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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System brings deep learning to “internet of things” devices

“Deep learning is everywhere. This branch of artificial intelligence curates your social media and serves your Google search results. Soon, deep learning could also check your vitals or set your thermostat. MIT researchers have developed a system that could bring …

Versatile building blocks make structures with surprising mechanical properties

“The subunits could be robotically assembled to produce large, complex objects, including cars, robots, or wind turbine blades. Researchers at MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms have created tiny building blocks that exhibit a variety of unique mechanical properties …

No matter the size of a nuclear party, some protons and neutrons will always pair up and dance

“Findings on short-range nuclear interactions will help scientists investigate neutron stars and heavy radioactive nuclei. Atoms in a gas can seem like partiers at a nanoscopic rave, with particles zipping around, pairing up, and flying off again in seemingly random …

Power-free system harnesses evaporation to keep items cool

“Inspired by camel fur, a new two-layered material could provide extended cooling to preserve the freshness of perishable goods. Camels have evolved a seemingly counterintuitive approach to keeping cool while conserving water in a scorching desert environment: They have a …

Pushing the envelope with fusion magnets

“MIT Energy Fellow David Fischer irradiates high-temperature superconducting tape to test its resilience and prepare for the first pilot fusion plant. “At the age of between 12 and 15 I was drawing; I was making plans of fusion devices.” David …

An underwater navigation system powered by sound

“New approach could spark an era of battery-free ocean exploration, with applications ranging from marine conservation to aquaculture. GPS isn’t waterproof. The navigation system depends on radio waves, which break down rapidly in liquids, including seawater. To track undersea …

Astronomers report first detection of ultrabright radio flashes in our own galaxy

“The fast radio bursts are likely generated by a magnetar, the most magnetic type of star in the universe. Fast radio bursts are extremely bright flashes of energy that last for a fraction of a second, during which they can …

Researchers develop a high-power, portable terahertz laser

“The instrument could bring powerful sensing and imaging capabilities out of the lab and into hospitals, airports, or other settings. Researchers at MIT and the University of Waterloo have developed a high-power, portable version of a device called a quantum …

Autonomous boats could be your next ride

“Five years in the making, MIT’s autonomous floating vessels get a size upgrade and learn a new way to communicate aboard the waters. The feverish race to produce the shiniest, safest, speediest self-driving car has spilled over into our …

Designing new mirror materials for better gravitational-wave detection

“Nicholas Demos, a first-generation college graduate and MathWorks Fellow in MIT’s Kavli Institute, is improving our ability to listen to the cosmos. Nicholas Demos, a physics graduate student, didn’t travel a conventional path to MIT. A first-generation college …