The science-fiction author reflects on how real-world technology has been working out differently than he imagined in his novels. This past spring, Jason Pontin, editor in chief of MIT Technology Review, conducted a wide-ranging but informal conversation with science ...
New research has demonstrated for the first time that when inserted into a pool of liquid, nanowires naturally draw the liquid upward in a thin film that coats the surface of the wire.
In this video, flaps of a polymer sheet are folded into a corner of a cube. An external magnetic field interacts with a current flowing through wires embedded in the sheet, causing the sheets to fold up.
A mysterious phenomenon detected by space probes has finally been explained, thanks to a massive computer simulation that was able to precisely align with details of the spacecraft observations.
Scientists have long thought that lunar craters arose during a period called the Late Heavy Bombardment. Now scientists from MIT and elsewhere have found that craters may not reflect the intensity of asteroid impacts from that period.
Video includes the 2012 Announcements; Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson; and the Benediction by Rev. Robert Randolph.
Aiming for breakthroughs in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and other major illnesses, MIT and the pharmaceutical firm Pfizer Inc. held a formal groundbreaking for a new, multidisciplinary research center to be built on MIT property in the Kendall Square neighborhood. The ...
A team of MIT researchers has found a coating that outperforms others not only in preventing foggy buildups, but also in maintaining good optical properties without distortion.
A penny-sized rocket thruster, designed by MIT's Paulo Lozano, may soon power the smallest satellites in space.
Through this popular annual loan program, individual students and student groups may borrow original works of art from the collection for their private rooms and communal spaces.
When anthropologist Stefan Helmreich decided to study scientists who chase some of the world's smallest creatures in some of the world's most forbidding places, his research took an unexpected twist.
The Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP) is a volunteer mentoring program for MIT students seeking to foster their holistic development along both academic and nonacademic dimensions. Run by the Office of Minority Education, the MAP program is designed to help first-year ...
A time-lapse video showing members of MIT's Electric Vehicle Team working on the conversion of a car and a motorcycle from conventional gasoline power to all-electric operation. The conversions used batteries donated by MIT spinoff company A123 Systems.
CBS Sunday Morning featured MIT's Charm School during its Sunday, March 4, airing. Bill Geist reports.
Social phobias affect about 15 million adults in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and surveys show that public speaking is high on the list of such phobias. For some people, these fears of social situations can be especially ...
This array of videos shows spectrographic data (representing brain wave frequencies) from each of 44 electrodes attached to the scalp of a healthy volunteer undergoing propofol anesthesia. The spectrograms are arranged according to their approximate position on the ...
A team led by MIT students this week successfully tested a prototype of what may be the most cost-efficient solar power system in the world--one team members believe has the potential to revolutionize global energy production. More infoVideo / Patrick Gillooly, MIT
Two students sent a camera-dangling balloon to near space and took stunning photography of Earth: all for $150.
A new semiautonomous driver system can take the wheel to keep drivers safe.
This video illustrates how referral between participants of the MIT team spread on the continental U.S. before and during the DARPA challenge. Each white line represents a referral from an existing participant's location of the MIT team to the the location of a new team participant. ~36 hours ...