Exposure to different kinds of music influences how the brain interprets rhythm

A study of people in 15 countries reveals that while everyone favors rhythms with simple integer ratios, biases can vary quite a bit across societies.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
yesterday ~9 min

Study determines the original orientations of rocks drilled on Mars

The “oriented” samples, the first of their kind from any planet, could shed light on Mars’ ancient magnetic field.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
yesterday ~8 min

Tests show high-temperature superconducting magnets are ready for fusion

Detailed study of magnets built by MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems confirms they meet requirements for an economic, compact fusion power plant.

David L. Chandler | MIT News • mit
yesterday ~13 min

A careful rethinking of the Iraq War

Roger Petersen’s new book details military operations and political dynamics in Iraq, shedding new light on the challenges of state-building.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
March 1, 2024 ~8 min

How cognition changes before dementia hits

Study finds language-processing difficulties are an indicator — more so than memory loss — of amnestic mild cognitive impairment.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
Feb. 29, 2024 ~7 min

How early-stage cancer cells hide from the immune system

A new study finds precancerous colon cells turn on a gene called SOX17, which helps them evade detection and develop into more advanced tumors.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
Feb. 28, 2024 ~6 min

Study unlocks nanoscale secrets for designing next-generation solar cells

The work will help researchers tune surface properties of perovskites, a promising alternative and supplement to silicon, for more efficient photovoltaics.

David L. Chandler | MIT News • mit
Feb. 28, 2024 ~10 min

New AI model could streamline operations in a robotic warehouse

By breaking an intractable problem into smaller chunks, a deep-learning technique identifies the optimal areas for thinning out traffic in a warehouse.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
Feb. 27, 2024 ~7 min

MIT engineers 3D print the electromagnets at the heart of many electronics

The printed solenoids could enable electronics that cost less and are easier to manufacture — on Earth or in space.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
Feb. 23, 2024 ~8 min

Researchers harness 2D magnetic materials for energy-efficient computing

An MIT team precisely controlled an ultrathin magnet at room temperature, which could enable faster, more efficient processors and computer memories.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
Feb. 22, 2024 ~8 min