A technique for more effective multipurpose robots

With generative AI models, researchers combined robotics data from different sources to help robots learn better.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
June 3, 2024 ~7 min

Microscopic defects in ice influence how massive glaciers flow, study shows

The findings should help scientists refine predictions of future sea-level rise.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
May 30, 2024 ~6 min

New MIT-LUMA Lab created to address climate challenges in the Mediterranean region

Collaborative scholarship and research will draw on conservation, design, and technology.

School of Architecture and Planning • mit
May 29, 2024 ~7 min

Modular, scalable hardware architecture for a quantum computer

A new quantum-system-on-chip enables the efficient control of a large array of qubits, moving toward practical quantum computing.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
May 29, 2024 ~9 min

Looking for a specific action in a video? This AI-based method can find it for you

A new approach could streamline virtual training processes or aid clinicians in reviewing diagnostic videos.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
May 29, 2024 ~7 min

Controlled diffusion model can change material properties in images

“Alchemist” system adjusts the material attributes of specific objects within images to potentially modify video game models to fit different environments, fine-tune VFX, and diversify robotic training.

Alex Shipps | MIT CSAIL • mit
May 28, 2024 ~8 min

A modest intervention that helps low-income families beat the poverty trap

Letting people work with a “navigator” dramatically increases how often they move to higher-opportunity neighborhoods.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
May 28, 2024 ~10 min

In international relations, it’s the message, not the medium

Research surveys show warnings issued by world leaders are taken equally seriously whether issued on social media or through formal statements.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
May 28, 2024 ~6 min

Understanding why autism symptoms sometimes improve amid fever

With support from The Marcus Foundation, an MIT neuroscientist and a Harvard Medical School immunologist will study the “fever effect” in an effort to devise therapies that mimic its beneficial effects.

David Orenstein | The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
May 23, 2024 ~7 min

Study explains why the brain can robustly recognize images, even without color

The findings also reveal why identifying objects in black-and-white images is more difficult for individuals who were born blind and had their sight restored.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
May 23, 2024 ~9 min