The complex effects of colonial rule in Indonesia

Evidence links Dutch-era sugar production and greater economic activity today.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Feb. 5, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: economics asia europe history research global school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Engineers put Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge design to the test

Proposed bridge would have been the world’s longest at the time; new analysis shows it would have worked.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 9, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering materials-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering architecture history school-of-architecture-and-planning research 3-d-printing

The permanent struggle for liberty

Daron Acemoglu’s new book examines the battle between state and society, which occasionally produces liberal-democratic freedom.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Sept. 24, 2019 | mit
~11 mins   

Tags: school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences economic politics books-and-authors faculty research history government

How to make a book last for millennia

Study of Dead Sea Scroll sheds light on a lost ancient parchment-making technology.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Sept. 6, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: research civil-and-environmental-engineering school-of-engineering anthropology materials-science-and-engineering middle-east history

New science blooms after star researchers die, study finds

Deaths of prominent life scientists tend to be followed by a surge in highly cited research by newcomers.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Aug. 29, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: sloan-school-of-management research faculty economics history-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf

Behind the scenes of the Apollo mission at MIT

From making the lunar landings possible to interpreting the meaning of the moon rocks, the Institute was a vital part of history.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | July 18, 2019 | mit
~15 mins   

Tags: aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering eaps research satellites school-of-engineering history-of-mit nasa history-of-science moon space astronomy-and-planetary-science women-in-stem school-of-science

The politics of ugly buildings

In new book, MIT’s Timothy Hyde looks at the architectural controversies that have helped shape Britain.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | May 24, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: school-of-architecture-and-planning architecture arts history books-and-authors faculty research

MIT celebrates 50th anniversary of historic moon landing

Symposium featuring former astronauts and other Apollo mission luminaries examines the program’s legacy.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | March 15, 2019 | mit
~13 mins   

Tags: aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering astronomy astrophysics eaps mars nasa planetary-science research satellites school-of-engineering space astronomy-and-planetary-science special-events-and-guest-speakers mit-history history-of-science

Chernobyl: How bad was it?

A scholar’s book uncovers new material about the effects of the infamous nuclear meltdown.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | March 5, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: history faculty research books-and-authors energy technology-and-society program-in-sts nuclear-power-and-reactors history-of-science school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences


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