A new way to let AI chatbots converse all day without crashing

Researchers developed a simple yet effective solution for a puzzling problem that can worsen the performance of large language models such as ChatGPT.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
Feb. 13, 2024 ~8 min

Study measures the psychological toll of wildfires

Research in Southeast Asia quantifies how much wildfire smoke hurts peoples’ moods; finds the effect is greater when fires originate in other countries.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
Feb. 13, 2024 ~7 min

Study: Global deforestation leads to more mercury pollution

Scientists quantify a previously overlooked driver of human-related mercury emissions.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
Feb. 12, 2024 ~9 min

This ultrasound sticker senses changing stiffness of deep internal organs

The sticky, wearable sensor could help identify early signs of acute liver failure.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
Feb. 9, 2024 ~8 min

MIT physicists capture the first sounds of heat “sloshing” in a superfluid

The results will expand scientists’ understanding of heat flow in superconductors and neutron stars.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
Feb. 8, 2024 ~7 min

Technique could improve the sensitivity of quantum sensing devices

The method lets researchers identify and control larger numbers of atomic-scale defects, to build a bigger system of qubits.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
Feb. 8, 2024 ~8 min

Scientists develop a low-cost device to make cell therapy safer

A plastic microfluidic chip can remove some risky cells that could potentially become tumors before they are implanted in a patient.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
Feb. 7, 2024 ~8 min

Researchers discover new channels to excite magnetic waves with terahertz light

The finding provides new insights into the ultrafast control of magnetic materials, with potential to enable next-generation information processing technologies.

Department of Chemistry • mit
Feb. 6, 2024 ~4 min

MIT-led team receives funding to pursue new treatments for metabolic disease

Awarded $65.67 million from ARPA-H, the researchers will work to develop ingestible capsules that deliver mRNA and electric stimuli to treat metabolic disorders such as diabetes.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
Feb. 5, 2024 ~6 min

MIT researchers map the energy transition’s effects on jobs

A county-by-county study shows where the U.S. job market will evolve most during the move to clean energy.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
Feb. 5, 2024 ~7 min