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Teen Who Didn't Finish High School Is Headed to MIT

She made a name for herself at computer science competitions

(Newser) - Malvika Raj Joshi's family decided to "unschool" her, and she dropped out of formal schooling in India when she was in the equivalent of seventh grade. But she continued to take part in international computer science competitions, and apparently she did well—because, despite her lack of a... More »

Memories Lost to Alzheimer's May Not Be Gone Forever

New research 'shatters a 20-year paradigm'

(Newser) - For decades, scientists believed the memories lost by Alzheimer's patients were gone for good, the Washington Post reports. But a new study out of MIT and published in Nature shows those memories may still be somewhere in the brain and, what's more, could be recoverable. That's because,... More »

Meet 'Earth's First Animal'

Sea sponges have been around for 640M years, says MIT study

(Newser) - Way before humans, sharks, or dinosaurs, the sea sponge was very likely the first animal on Earth. That's according to a PNAS study out of MIT concluding that a molecule in 640 million-year-old rocks came from the simple creature. Assuming the researchers are right, that means the multi-celled organisms... More »

MIT Scientists Figure Out What Happens When We Sneeze

They map out how mucus and saliva break into droplets

(Newser) - A sneeze is not just a sneeze. It is a "high-propulsion" cloud of mucus and saliva that spreads across entire rooms, even reaching ceilings and the ventilation ducts found there, in a matter of minutes. MIT researchers first gained attention last year with these findings, reports CBS Boston , and... More »

This Is the World's Top University

Yup, Harvard leads the pack yet again

(Newser) - Harvard University is the best university in the world, according to US News ' ranking of 750 universities around the globe. Harvard, which also topped the Best Global Universities rankings in 2014, kept the top spot despite an additional 250 schools that were evaluated this time around. Not only does... More »

MIT Might Make You a Poker Expert—for Free

Or at least better than your friends

(Newser) - Now you, too, can be an MIT student—and maybe a card hustler to boot. The school is offering a free online class on how to play poker, reports Motherboard . You can dig into videos , the syllabus , and class notes for the course, which is taught by Kevin Desmond, a... More »

Bottles of Glue May Never Be the Same Again

Elmer's signs contract to use slippery LiquiGlide coating in its containers

(Newser) - As much as Heinz wanted us to think part of the thrill of ketchup was waiting for it to glob out of the bottle, most consumers will attest that's not true—for ketchup, toothpaste, or any other viscous substance that takes forever to filter out. Elmer's Products has... More »

Chief's Last Words to Cop Killed After Boston Bombs: Be Safe

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev jurors hear about death of MIT officer Sean Collier

(Newser) - Jurors in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev heard about the murder of MIT police officer Sean Collier today, along with his chief's final exchange with him. As Chief John DiFava was leaving the campus, he spotted Collier's cruiser, reports NBC News . "I always make it a point... More »

MIT's Sexual Assault Survey Is Disturbingly Revealing

'Rare' report on attitudes finds distressing amount of victim-blaming

(Newser) - MIT has released the results of a sexual assault and sexual harassment survey that takes a look not only at the stats, but also at the incredibly detailed "experiences and attitudes" that accompany such cases on campus, the New York Times reports. At least 17% of undergrad women and... More »

MIT Hackathon Goal: A Better Breast Pump

Given the health benefits, change is way overdue, say organizers

(Newser) - It might not be the first thing that comes to mind after the word "hackathon," but organizers of an upcoming one at MIT say the world is long overdue for a better breast pump. Engineers, designers, moms, and health experts will gather later this month for reasons spelled... More »

How Smartphones Could Someday Correct Your Vision

MIT researchers develop 'vision correcting display'

(Newser) - If you're blind as a bat with Coke-bottle glasses, there may be hope for you—new research out of MIT could make it easier to read your tablet, smartphone, or eReader, LiveScience reports. Scientists there have developed a transparent "vision-correcting display" that goes on the screen of an... More »

Origami Robot Can Fold Itself, Slink Off

Harvard, MIT engineers invent device made out of paper, Shrinky Dinks

(Newser) - Inexpensive robots that assemble themselves are hard to find these days. But using the ancient art of Japanese origami and a classic children's product, engineers at Harvard and MIT have created such a 'bot. A team led by a Harvard grad student built the self-folding robot shown in... More »

Every MIT Undergrad Getting $100 in Bitcoin

Students want to see what happens when cryptocurrency is widely used

(Newser) - When MIT's 4,500 undergraduates return to campus this fall, each of them will receive $100 worth of bitcoin. Why? Undergraduate student Jeremy Rubin, 19, and MBA student Daniel Elitzer want to create a bitcoin ecosystem at the school, in an effort to make the currency more commonplace, the... More »

MIT Researchers Find Doozy of a Tongue-Twister

'Pad kid poured curd pulled cold'

(Newser) - Go ahead, rattle it off 10 times fast: "Pad kid poured curd pulled cold." MIT researchers doubt you can pull it off, reports the Huffington Post . That particular phrase so flummoxed test subjects in a study of speech errors that some simply stopped speaking, according to a release... More »

MIT Invention: Reach Through Screen, Touch Things

'inFORM' turns 3D data into physical representation

(Newser) - The folks at MIT have unveiled a new invention that allows you to reach through a screen and interact with real objects. It sounds unbelievable, but it isn't. The invention turns 3-D data from the user into physical representations in real time, and all from a remote location. The... More »

Bomb Cited in Massachusetts Standoff After MIT Cop Killed

Two men with backpacks battle police; one tackled: report

(Newser) - Police tonight battled two men armed with guns and explosives outside Boston, just hours after an MIT police officer was shot and killed in Cambridge. A witness cited "constant gunfire" during the Watertown standoff with dozens of cops; amid the shooting, the men threw a large bomb toward police... More »

The Schools Most Likely to Produce Rich People

US dominates the list

(Newser) - Most of the world's richest people have something in common: They went to school in the US. Wealth-X has compiled a report on which universities worldwide boast the most "ultra high net worth" alumni—defined here as those with $30 million or more—and US universities dominate the... More »

MIT to Review Case Against Swartz

Anonymous hits MIT site after Reddit co-founder's suicide

(Newser) - MIT has ordered a review of its case against Aaron Swartz amid accusations that the institution helped drive the 26-year-old digital rights activist to his suicide last week , reports Mashable . Swartz was facing up to 35 years in jail and $1 million in fines for allegedly downloading millions of academic... More »

Swartz Suicide: Proof Our Sense of Humor Is Fading

Tim Lee: Let's not lock up our unruly geniuses

(Newser) - Aaron Swartz's suicide left many of us grieving the loss of a brilliant Internet prodigy . It also showed that America has begun losing "the sense of humor that has made it the home of the world’s innovators and misfits," writes Tim Lee at the Washington Post... More »

MIT Tops World University Rankings

It beats Cambridge, Harvard to first place

(Newser) - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has soared to the top of world university rankings for the first time, knocking Britain's University of Cambridge into second place and Harvard into third, the Guardian reports. University College London, Oxford University, Imperial College, Yale, University of Chicago, Princeton, and Caltech also made... More »

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