Avoiding shortcut solutions in artificial intelligence

A new method forces a machine learning model to focus on more data when learning a task, which leads to more reliable predictions.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 2, 2021 ~8 min

A new way to generate light using pre-existing defects in semiconductors

SMART researchers demonstrate a practical way to make indium gallium nitride LEDs with considerably higher indium concentration.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Nov. 1, 2021 ~8 min

Differences in T cells’ functional states determine resistance to cancer therapy

Researchers decipher when and why immune cells fail to respond to immunotherapy, and suggest that T cells need a different kind of prodding in order to re-engage the immune response.

Grace van Deelen | Department of Biology • mit
Nov. 1, 2021 ~7 min

Study finds indoor air cleaners fall short on removing volatile organic compound

Comparison of four oxidation-based cleaners suggests the devices produce their own pollutants and vary in effectiveness.

Becky Ham | Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering • mit
Oct. 29, 2021 ~7 min

Study finds the SARS-CoV-2 virus can infect the inner ear

The prevalence of auditory symptoms in Covid-19 patients is unknown, but infection of the inner ears may be responsible for hearing and balance problems.

Kathy Wren | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 29, 2021 ~8 min

Creating dynamic symmetry in quantum systems

MIT researchers develop a new way to control and measure energy levels in a diamond crystal; could improve qubits in quantum computers.

Matthew Hutson | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Oct. 28, 2021 ~6 min

Engineers devise a way to selectively turn on RNA therapies in human cells

A new RNA-based control switch could be used to trigger production of therapeutic proteins to treat cancer or other diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 28, 2021 ~7 min

Making machine learning more useful to high-stakes decision makers

A visual analytics tool helps child welfare specialists understand machine learning predictions that can assist them in screening cases.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 28, 2021 ~8 min

Carbon nanotube-based sensor can detect SARS-CoV-2 proteins

The technology could be developed as a rapid diagnostic for Covid-19 or other emerging pathogens.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 26, 2021 ~6 min

Urban areas across U.S. are undercounting greenhouse gas emissions

Methane emissions from the distribution and use of natural gas across U.S. cities are 2 to 10 times higher than recent estimates from the EPA.

Leah Burrows • harvard
Oct. 26, 2021 ~7 min