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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.

An energy-storage solution that flows like soft-serve ice cream

“Researchers make the case for a semisolid electrochemical compound as a cost-efficient, grid-scale battery backup for wind and solar power. Batteries made from an electrically conductive mixture the consistency of molasses could help solve a critical piece of the decarbonization …

Artificial intelligence that understands object relationships

“A new machine-learning model could enable robots to understand interactions in the world in the way humans do. When humans look at a scene, they see objects and the relationships between them. On top of your desk, there might be …

Getting quantum dots to stop blinking

“New approach solves a persistent problem of intermittency that has hindered use of the tiny light emitters for biological imaging or quantum photonics. Quantum dots, discovered in the 1990s, have a wide range of applications and are perhaps best known …

One year on this giant, blistering hot planet is just 16 hours long

“A newly discovered “ultrahot Jupiter” has the shortest orbit of any known gas giant. The hunt for planets beyond our solar system has turned up more than 4,000 far-flung worlds, orbiting stars thousands of light years from Earth. These …

The reasons behind lithium-ion batteries’ rapid cost decline

“A new study finds that investments in R&D on materials and chemistry were key, while economies of scale contributed somewhat less. Lithium-ion batteries, those marvels of lightweight power that have made possible today’s age of handheld electronics and …

Dexterous robotic hands manipulate thousands of objects with ease

“Model-free framework reorients over 2,000 diverse objects with a hand facing both upward and downward, in a step toward more human-like manipulation. At just one year old, a baby is more dexterous than a robot. Sure, machines can do …

Electrochemistry, from batteries to brains

“Professor Bilge Yildiz finds patterns in the behavior of ions across applications. Bilge Yildiz’s research impacts a wide range of technologies. The members of her lab study fuel cells, which convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity (and water). They …

New material could be two superconductors in one

“Work has potential applications in quantum computing, and introduces new way to plumb the secrets of superconductivity. MIT physicists and colleagues have demonstrated an exotic form of superconductivity in a new material the team synthesized only about a year ago …

Pushing the limits of electronic circuits

“Ruonan Han seeks to develop next-generation electronic devices by harnessing terahertz waves. Ruonan Han’s research is driving up the speeds of microelectronic circuits to enable new applications in communications, sensing, and security. Han, an associate professor who recently earned …

Theoretical breakthrough could boost data storage

“New work on linear-probing hash tables from MIT CSAIL could lead to more efficient data storage and retrieval in computers. A trio of researchers that includes William Kuszmaul — a computer science PhD student at MIT — has made a discovery that …