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The World's 10 Best Universities

Oxford overtakes Cal Tech

(Newser) - The world has a new top university. Oxford has pushed the California Institute of Technology—which held the top spot for the past five years—to second place in the 2016 World University Rankings , based on research impact, reputation, and global scholarship. This marks the first time in the list'... More »

World's Top 10 Universities

MIT is No. 1, again, in new rankings

(Newser) - MIT is making old hat of this: For the fifth straight year, it sits atop an annual ranking of the world's universities by the education group Quacquarelli Symonds . The survey takes into account factors including research quality, employment for grads, and teaching quality. MIT also ranks first in 12... 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 »

Want to Get Rich After College? Enroll Here

'San Francisco Chronicle' rounds up colleges with highest-earning grads

(Newser) - Want to rake in the big bucks, kids? Consider enrolling in one of 20 colleges the San Francisco Chronicle reports produce the highest-earning graduates. While Princeton and Stanford are among the more predictable colleges on the list, based on median salary after graduation, the top five may come as a... More »

MIT: 'Beloved' Prof Sexually Harassed Student

Online lectures of retired physics prof Walter Lewin removed

(Newser) - A retired MIT physics professor described by the Tech as "a beloved teacher and minor Internet star" might see that star begin to fade. The university is undertaking a "complete separation" from Walter Lewin, per the school's provost, following an internal investigation of a student's sexual... More »

Slick Invention Can Un-Stick Your Ketchup, Toothpaste

LiquiGlide, SLIPS Technologies take advantage of 'liquid-impregnated surfaces'

(Newser) - Hate when you can't get the last of the toothpaste from the tube? Or when your plane is delayed so it can be de-iced? Those days may soon be over thanks to what are essentially surfaces coated with liquid. Researchers at both Harvard and MIT have taken advantage of... 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 »

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 »

MIT Student's Body Found in India

Kaitlin Goldstein fell off cliff while jogging on mountain trail

(Newser) - Her parents traveled to India to look for her. Her brother feared she’d been kidnapped. But Saturday—a week after she went missing—the body of Rhode Island native and MIT graduate student Kaitlin Goldstein, 28, was found in a ravine in India, the AP reports. Her parents say... 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 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 »

MIT Clears Itself in Suicide of Aaron Swartz

But internal report also finds faults with school's behavior

(Newser) - MIT has released its own internal report on the suicide of hacker activist Aaron Swartz , and the Verge highlights one anonymous quote it contains that seems to sum things up: "MIT didn't do anything wrong; but we didn't do ourselves proud." The report , by well-regarded computer... More »

How to Honor Dead MIT Cop? With Beer, Apparently

$1 from each sale of 'Collier Stout' to go to memorial fund

(Newser) - If your first instinct is to cry "commercialism" at the news that Sean Collier, the MIT officer that was shot and killed after the Boston Marathon bombings, is being honored with a beer brewed in his name—and yours for just $5.50 a pint—know this: His loved... More »

At Service, Biden Calls Tsarnaevs 'Knock-off Jihadis'

Boston remembers MIT officer Sean Collier

(Newser) - Joe Biden called the Tsarnaev brothers "two twisted, perverted, cowardly, knock-off jihadis" during the memorial service today at MIT for slain campus officer Sean Collier, reports CNN . "It infuriates them that we refuse to bend, refuse to change, refuse to yield to fear," the VP said of... 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 »

Hoax Report of Gunman Puts MIT in Lockdown

Police closed down surrounding streets this morning

(Newser) - MIT got a scare this morning as police descended on the campus to investigate reports of a man with a rifle and body armor. The good news is that it turned out to be a false alarm; the bad news is that it doesn't appear to have been an... More »

Attorneys 'Hounded' Swartz to His Death: Dad

They 'don't understand the nature of what they did'

(Newser) - Lawyers pulled Aaron Swartz into a legal maze that ultimately killed him, the Internet activist's father tells the Los Angeles Times . Swartz "was hounded to his death by a system and a set of attorneys that still don't understand the nature of what they did," Bob... 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 »

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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