MIT students and postdocs advocate for increased federal support of scientific research on Capitol Hill

Students and postdocs from MIT's Science Policy Initiative meet with lawmakers on science-engineering-technology Congressional Visit Days 2022.

Science Policy Initiative • mit
May 12, 2022 ~3 min

Ultrathin fuel cell uses the body’s own sugar to generate electricity

Engineers have developed a glucose power source that could fuel miniature implants and sensors.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 12, 2022 ~8 min


Technique protects privacy when making online recommendations

Researchers devise an efficient protocol to keep a user’s private information secure when algorithms use it to recommend products, songs, or shows.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
May 12, 2022 ~7 min

Astronomers snap first-ever image of supermassive black hole Sagitarrius A*

The image reveals a glowing, donut-shaped ring at the Milky Way’s heart.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 12, 2022 ~8 min

MIT expands research collaboration with Commonwealth Fusion Systems to build net energy fusion machine, SPARC

New five-year agreement will support SPARC science, increase graduate students and postdocs, and support interdisciplinary work toward fusion power plants.

Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
May 10, 2022 ~6 min

A brain circuit in the thalamus helps us hold information in mind

This circuit, which weakens with age, could offer a target to help prevent age-related decline in spatial memory.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 10, 2022 ~7 min

Study finds cells take out the trash before they divide

Cells may use this strategy to clear out toxic byproducts and give their offspring a clean slate.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 10, 2022 ~7 min

Springing people from the poverty trap

Field experiment in Bangladesh shows the poor simply lack opportunities to gain wealth — but a one-time boost can make a major difference.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 10, 2022 ~6 min


Team creates map for production of eco-friendly metals

New understanding of metal electrolysis could help optimize production of metals like lithium and iron.

Elizabeth A. Thomson | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
May 9, 2022 ~6 min

Study: Immigrants in the U.S. are more likely to start firms, create jobs

Compared to native-born citizens, immigrants are more frequently involved in founding companies at all scales.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 9, 2022 ~6 min

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