Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Special

Special
Special editorial events and people.

“Queen of carbon science” and recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Medal of Science led US scientific community, promoted women in STEM. Mildred S. Dresselhaus, a celebrated and beloved MIT professor whose research...

In this era when there are comebacks afoot by traditional, conservative, nationalist, and in some senses Humanist ideologies, our Web of surprises may seem ever more radical and forward thinking. To wit, the Internet...

Simon Willmetts, University of Hull Fictional metaphors matter, and in the battle to safeguard our civil liberties few metaphors matter more than George Orwell’s 1984. Although first published almost 70 years ago, the lasting salience...
data center

Graham Pickren, Roosevelt University We live in a data-driven world. From social media to smart cities to the internet of things, we now generate huge volumes of information about nearly every detail of life. This...
Mexico

Salvador Vázquez del Mercado, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) It did not take long for a diplomatic rift to open between the United States and Mexico following the election of Donald Trump. Mexican president Enrique...
drones

John Broich, Case Western Reserve University A week after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s “1984” is the best-selling book on Amazon.com. The hearts of a thousand English teachers must be warmed as people flock to...

A heat-sensing film could let robots detect when humans are around, like pit vipers hunting out warm-blooded prey. The flexible, transparent coating is made of pectin, a low-cost plant material used to set jam. Unlike...

Luis Gómez Romero, University of Wollongong In recent years, many countries – with the conspicuous exception of Indonesia and the Philippines – have been rethinking the international war on drugs. The world, it seems, has...

Alex Lubet, University of Minnesota By now, you’ve probably heard about Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve disaster. After some technical malfunctions, Carey – who was supposed to lip-sync over a vocal track for “Emotions” and...

Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office  MIT News Office Press Inquiries Atom interferometry is the most sensitive known technique for measuring gravitational forces and inertial forces such as acceleration and rotation. It’s a mainstay of scientific...

The development of the internet has completely transformed the way we do business; and the “oldest profession” is no exception. In a world of online chatrooms, webcam performers can market anything from conversation to...

No one was really surprised that the Fed raised its target interest rate by one-quarter of a percentage point today. Yet some people are really upset about it and worried this will slow down...