Our November/December 2011 issue features new technology for eavesdropping on the hive mind, an essay on the evolution of privacy, and much more.
MIT Media Lab Professor Tod Machover discusses his robotic opera more than 10 years in the making, 'Death and the Powers.' Read more about its premiere at http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2010/opera-machover-0910.html
Scientists at MIT and Oxford University have shown that the motility of phytoplankton — which are tiny ocean plants — helps them determine their fate in ocean turbulence.
Researchers at MIT have found a new way of making complex three-dimensional structures using self-assembling polymer materials that form tiny wires and junctions.
The cheese aisle of your local supermarket is an unlikely place to study a classic political problem: How do we balance state power with individual freedom? But for those with a trained eye, the variety, flavors, and textures of the products available have much to tell us. Cheese, says Heather ...
Thomas W. Malone is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. He was also the founding director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding ...
In the hectic world of a hospital, a computer-simulated nurse can be surprisingly comforting.
Wireless battery charging and remote control via a Bluetooth-based smart-phone app gives this robot toy its appeal.
Researchers at MIT are using a new mathematical model to better understand how contagious diseases are spread by air travel.
Interphase is a rigorous seven-week summer residential, academic and community-building program for admitted MIT freshmen that instills subject mastery of calculus, physics and chemistry, and helps them explore their cultural identities through reading, writing and discussion. In addition, ...
Students from MIT's Biodiesel team organized the Green Grease project to help garbage pickers in Brazil save money and be more environmentally friendly by retrofitting their transport vehicles. In summer 2010, the team traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil
In June of 2009, the Center for Future Civic Medias Future of News and Civic Media conference showcased some of the work done as a part of the Knight News Challenge, focusing on creative ways to provide people with the news and information needed to engage their communities effectively.
Neil Gershenfeld, director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, and Robert Atkinson, founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, discuss the potential role of localized 3-D printing in manufacturing.
MIT researchers are finding ways to make it possible to sculpt items with distinctive signs of handicraft, while controlling the outcome so that the object doesn't stray too far from the desired form.
Within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering lives a place where students can come and put their materials knowledge into practice. The Foundry at MIT provides a space for students, faculty and staff to come innovate and create.
Watch Tom Daschle, the incoming secretary of health and human services, and Lauren Aronson, a member of Obama's health-policy team, respond to online comments in this video made by the Obama transition team.
The Chameleon Guitar — so named for its ability to mimic different instruments — is an electric guitar whose body has a separate central section that is removable.
CarTel is a distributed, mobile sensor network and telematics system. Applications built on top of this system can collect, process, deliver, analyze, and visualize data from sensors located on mobile units such as automobiles. A small embedded computer on the car ...
Inspired by a toy, the ‘buckliball’ — a collapsible structure fabricated from a single piece of material — represents a new class of 3-D, origami-like structures.