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New College Rankings, With Emphasis on Value

MIT tops the Ivies in new WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - What college provides the best bang for the buck? It may be a subjective question, but WalletHub crunches data on everything from tuition and student-faculty ratio to student debt and graduates' salaries at nearly 1,000 colleges and universities for its new ranking. The Ivy League is well represented in... More »

Alleged Insider Trader Maybe Did Too Much Googling

Didn't cover up online search history for 'insider trading' too well, prosecutors say

(Newser) - If you don't want the SEC to pick up on the fact that you've carried out an unusual trade, you probably shouldn't Google "how sec detect unusual trade," or "insider trading in an international account." Those are the phrases that federal prosecutors allege... More »

Couple Quit Jobs, Became Scientists to Save Her Life

'You're healthy, and then you're falling off a cliff'

(Newser) - When Sonia Vallabh watched her mother die a horrible death in 2010, caught in limbo between sleep and wakefulness that led to severe dementia, she and her husband, Eric Minikel, wanted answers. The autopsy revealed a harrowing diagnosis: a prion disease called fatal familial insomnia, or FFI, reports the Boston ... More »

MIT Grad Falls to Death From Engineering Dome

Nicholas Paggi, 24, apparently lost his footing in the rain

(Newser) - A recent MIT grad fell to his death while climbing on the campus' famed engineering dome. Authorities say Nicholas Paggi, a 24-year-old who graduated in 2015 with degrees in engineering, computer science, and physics, fell off the Great Dome of the Barker Engineering Lab while with friends on Tuesday night.... More »

App Helps You Get Smarter During Your Wasted Time

MIT software teaches vocabulary during each day's idle moments

(Newser) - How much "wait-learning" have you done lately? That's the term MIT scientists have for picking up knowledge while lingering in an elevator, waiting for a reply to your text, or doing other things that would normally have you simply staring off into space—and now they've got... More »

A Sally Ride Lego Figure? Yep, and She's Not Alone

Maia Weinstock's 'Women of NASA' prototype has been given green light

(Newser) - Mathematician Katherine Johnson was one of the women of NASA depicted in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, and now she's about to get her own Lego figure. Per MIT News , Johnson and four other women involved with the space agency over the years—Margaret Hamilton (computer scientist), Mae Jemison... More »

How 3K Cars Could Replace NYC's 14K Taxis

Two words: ride sharing

(Newser) - It's no wonder New York City traffic is so awful , with 13,600 taxis navigating the streets. But just 3,000 sedans could accomplish about as much, according to a new study . Using a computer formula, MIT researchers discovered that just 3,000 four-person vehicles could provide for 98%... More »

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 »

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