New US postage stamp highlights MIT research

For the robotics category in a new series celebrating innovation, the USPS chose the bionic prosthesis designed and built by the Media Lab's Biomechatronics group.

Alexandra Kahn | MIT Media Lab • mit
Aug. 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robotics research prosthetics assistive-technology media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning alumniae faculty technology-and-society history-of-mit


Covid-19 shutdown led to increased solar power output

As the air cleared after lockdowns, solar installations in Delhi produced 8 percent more power, study shows.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
July 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy solar covid-19 pollution pandemic policy india research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering technology-and-society photovoltaics

MIT-BU law clinics help students bring innovations into the world

Growing program provides free legal services to student entrepreneurs and researchers, while giving law students practical experience.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
July 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: startups digital-technology law research students innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie computer-science-and-technology technology-and-society martin-trust-center-for-mit-entrepreneurship

Decarbonize and diversify

How energy-intensive economies can survive and thrive as the globe ramps up climate action.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
July 15, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change energy environment economics policy carbon-dioxide greenhouse-gases russia emissions research technology-and-society mit-energy-initiative alternative-energy joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change


The MIT Press and UC Berkeley launch Rapid Reviews: COVID-19

The new open access, rapid-review overlay journal aims to combat misinformation in Covid-19 research.

MIT Press • mit
June 29, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: public-health artificial-intelligence covid-19 pandemic research technology-and-society mit-press digital-humanities science-communications open-access


How growth of the scientific enterprise influenced a century of quantum physics

In a new book, Professor David Kaiser describes dramatic shifts in the history of an evolving discipline.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
April 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: physics history quantum-mechanics history-of-science research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences technology-and-society books-and-authors program-in-sts

With lidar and artificial intelligence, road status clears up after a disaster

Automated tools can help emergency managers make decisions, plan routes, and quantify road damage at city scales.

Kylie Foy | Lincoln Laboratory • mit
April 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence imaging natural-disasters research sensors weather radar technology-and-society algorithms lincoln-laboratory disaster-response

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