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A new way to detect radiation involving cheap ceramics

The radiation detectors used today for applications like inspecting cargo ships for smuggled nuclear materials are expensive and cannot operate in harsh environments, among other disadvantages. Now, in…

QS World University Rankings rates MIT No. 1 in 11 subjects for 2024

QS World University Rankings has placed MIT in the No. 1 spot in 11 subject areas for 2024, the organization announced today.The Institute received a No. 1 ranking…

MIT researchers discover “neutronic molecules”

Neutrons are subatomic particles that have no electric charge, unlike protons and electrons. That means that while the electromagnetic force is responsible for most of the interactions between…

A first-ever complete map for elastic strain engineering

Without a map, it can be just about impossible to know not just where you are, but where you’re going, and that’s especially true when it comes to…

“Life is short, so aim high”

When Rafael Jaramillo talks about his favorite accomplishments, it quickly becomes clear that he has the right temperament for a researcher — he is energized by a challenge…

Abate aims to extract hydrogen from rocks

It’s commonly thought that the most abundant element in the universe, hydrogen, exists mainly alongside other elements—as with oxygen in water, for example, and carbon for methane. But…

Pushing material boundaries for better electronics

Undergrads, take note: The lessons you learn in those intro classes could be the key to making your next big discovery. At least, that’s been the case for…

Making the clean energy transition work for everyone

The clean energy transition is already underway, but how do we make sure it happens in a manner that is affordable, sustainable, and fair for everyone?That was the…

Power when the sun doesn’t shine

In 2016, at the huge Houston energy conference CERAWeek, MIT materials scientist Yet-Ming Chiang found himself talking to a Tesla executive about a thorny problem: how to store…

Nourishing the mind, hand, and stomach

As early as middle school, Branden Spitzer loved to watch cooking shows and experiment with recipes in his family’s kitchen. It was a clear harbinger of his interest…