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Seeking materials that match the brain

Polina Anikeeva was born in Leningrad, USSR, but grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia; the city’s name reverted to its original form after the fall of the Soviet Union. While in school there, she encountered two inspiring scientists who helped propel her toward a career at MIT, where she now …

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A lifelong search for new catalysts

On a summer evening in 1973, Richard Schrock came home from his job at DuPont’s Central Research Department and told his wife, Nancy, “I think I’ve done something important.” As part of his research exploring synthesis of new polymers, Schrock had created a novel type of molecule with a double …

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Putting the brain at the center of anesthesiology

It’s intuitive that anesthesia operates in the brain, but the standard protocol among anesthesiologists when monitoring and dosing patients during surgery is to rely on indirect signs of arousal such as movement, and changes in heart rate and blood pressure. Through research in brain science and statistical modeling, Emery N. …

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MIT launches SafeRide OnDemand shuttle pilot program

How do you support student safety with an app? By establishing a technology-driven, on-demand safe ride system for students in need of late-night transportation. On Monday, Feb. 12, the MIT Parking and Transportation Office launched the SafeRide OnDemand Shuttle pilot. This program — developed in collaboration with the Graduate Student …

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3Q: T.L. Taylor on diversity in e-sports

Imagine a sports arena full of cheering fans. Are you picturing basketball, or perhaps hockey? Actually, that image also applies to high-level e-sports (short for electronic sports), the competitions where fans watch people playing popular video games. E-sports have experienced a surge in growth in recent years, and boast their …

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MIT Hillel receives Outstanding Campus Award

MIT Hillel has been recognized once again at the Hillel International Global Assembly, which was held in Denver Dec. 4-7. Fresh off their previous award the year prior for strengthening the global Hillel movement, MIT Hillel took home another honor — the Phillip H. and Susan Rudd Cohen Outstanding Campus …

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Political Methodology Lab to dig deep into new kinds of data

Political scientists with a quantitative bent have long relied on time-tested tools such as in-person and telephone surveys and official government statistics. But the rapid ascendance of digital technology and the emergence of new channels for communication and information pose a challenge for data-based social science. “Technology has completely changed …

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