CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a received a nearly $29 million gift the university says will be used to enhance research and improve the lives of people with...
Tech magic: MIT student develops real Hogwarts sorting hat
BOSTON (AP) — A post-doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a project that can analyze brain activity and sort users into a "Harry Potter" Hogwarts...
Group at MIT wants a celebration for a new college canceled
BOSTON (AP) — Some students and professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are asking the university to cancel celebrations for a new computing center.
Pea-sized pill delivers insulin shot from inside the stomach
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists figured out how to hide a shot inside a pea-sized pill — creating a swallowable gadget, inspired by a tortoise shell, that can inject medicines like insulin from inside the stomach.
Patients usually prefer oral treatment, and comply with it better, but many compounds, including insulin for diabetes, can't survive the harsh trip through the digestive system.
MIT chief decries Khashoggi killing but won’t cut Saudi ties
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology says it condemns Saudi Arabia for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and for other "brutal human rights violations," but the school's president said Wednesday he has no plans to cut ties with the kingdom.
MIT report recommends against cutting ties with Saudi Arabia
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has no "compelling case" to cut ties with Saudi Arabia following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but it's unlikely to pursue an expansion of its work in the kingdom, according a to a report released by the school Thursday.
Bloomberg chosen to give MIT’s 2019 commencement speech
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be giving the 2019 commencement address at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
School officials announced Thursday that Bloomberg, who is seen as a Democratic presidential prospect for the 2020 election, is scheduled to speak at the Cambridge campus June 7.
MIT President Rafael Reif said Bloomberg has shown "extraordinary leadership in many areas," ranging from the environment to the arts.
Experimental plane flies silently, may lead to quiet drones
NEW YORK (AP) — A nearly silent, drone-sized aircraft has shown it can fly, thanks to a scientist who was inspired by watching "Star Trek" as a child.
With neither propellers nor jets, the airplane gets its thrust by applying a strong electric field to the air. That general idea has been demonstrated at science fairs, but the new work shows it can power a free-flying airplane.
So can people look forward to traveling in planes that are almost silent and emit no air pollution?
MIT commits $1B to the study of computing, AI
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced a $1 billion investment to study computing and artificial intelligence in an effort to make the U.S. a world leader in the field.
The university on Monday said the work will take place in the Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, made possible by a $350 million gift from Schwarzman, the chairman, CEO and co-founder of investment firm Blackstone.
Jay Gonzalez: Massachusetts should tax college endowments
BOSTON (AP) — Democratic candidate for governor Jay Gonzalez said Massachusetts could raise $1 billion a year for education and transportation by taxing the endowments of the state's wealthiest colleges and universities like Harvard University and MIT.
Police: MIT building struck by gunfire, no injuries
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say a Massachusetts Institute of Technology building appears to have been struck by gunfire.
Police say authorities believe shots were fired in the area Monday night, striking at least one building. Police say there have been no reported injuries.
Photos from the scene show what appears to be a bullet hole in one of the windows of the building.
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — Wind turbines standing on 22,000 acres of North Carolina farmland do not interfere with a Navy radar system in Virginia, according to a study.
The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reports the study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also said a developer should not expand the 104-tower Amazon Wind Farm to 150 turbines as originally planned.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology investigation cleared Pulitzer Prize-winning author and creative writing professor Junot Diaz to return to the classroom this fall.
The inquiry into Diaz's actions toward female students and staff yielded no information that would lead to restrictions on Diaz's role as a faculty member at the university in Cambridge.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A car has crashed into a memorial for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer killed by the Boston Marathon bombers.
Police say the memorial to Officer Sean Collier on the MIT campus in Cambridge sustained "minor surface damage" when the car struck it at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
The 52-year-old driver was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. His name was not immediately made public.
BOSTON (AP) — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg didn't shy away from her company's ongoing privacy scandal in a Friday commencement speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Instead, she turned it into a lesson about accountability.
Sandberg, the company's chief operating officer, repeatedly warned graduates that even technology created with the best intentions can be twisted to do harm, a lesson that she said hits close to home, "given some of the issues Facebook has had."
Cape Cod island interested in tick project
NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor is pursuing a plan to battle tick-borne diseases on Nantucket.
The Cape Cod Times reports MIT biochemist Kevin Esvelt updated the town's select board May 30 with fundraising for a scheme to release tens of thousands of genetically-altered mice onto the island.
Third assault reported at MIT this month
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Police at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are investigating the third report of a sexual assault this month.
A woman told campus police she was sleeping at a fraternity house when she awoke to find a man next to her touching her leg around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Police say the man ran out of the room and down a stairwell.
Police searched the house but couldn't find the suspect.
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Police: Rape reported at MIT fraternity party
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a report of a rape at a fraternity party at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The accuser says she was raped early Saturday during a party at the Theta Delta Chi house. Campus police say they were notified of the allegation Wednesday.
The accuser says she went with the assailant to his bedroom in the house but made it clear she did not want to have sex. She says he then raped her.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Canadian computer scientists helped pioneer the field of artificial intelligence before it was a buzzword, and now Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hoping to capitalize on their intellectual lead.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Latest on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to MIT (all times local):
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (troo-DOH') says Canada is "investing massively in AI," building on decades of research by Canadian computer scientists who helped provide the "modern underpinnings" advancing the field of artificial intelligence.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (troo-DOH') is scheduled to speak at a gathering of tech entrepreneurs at MIT.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology officials say Trudeau will visit campus Friday to headline the annual meeting of the school's Solve initiative .
The project connects tech entrepreneurs with leaders in government, business and academia to tackle world problems.
BOSTON (AP) — Schools can be held liable for student suicides in certain circumstances, Massachusetts' highest court said Monday in a ruling that also cleared the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of responsibility for the death of a graduate student who killed himself on campus in 2009.
The Supreme Judicial Court said MIT cannot be blamed for the death of 25-year-old Han Nguyen, who jumped from the top of a campus building minutes after a professor confronted him about an offensive email.
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Massachusetts state supreme court ruling in the case against a university for a student's suicide (all times local):
The attorney for the family of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology student who killed himself on campus says a decision from the state's highest court will "save student lives."
Brad Pitt and Neri Oxman have reportedly been talking on the phone "several times a day".
The 54-year-old actor has recently been linked to the 42-year-old Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor, with claims they've been dating for six months.
Scholarship named for slain MIT officer to be awarded
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A scholarship named for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer killed by the Boston Marathon bombers is being given out for the first time this week.
Brad Pitt is "absolutely smitten" with Neri Oxman.
The 54-year-old actor has reportedly been "quietly dating" the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor since last autumn and things are going well for the couple.
Ex-MIT student charged with rape will avoid prison time
BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts Institute of Technology basketball player charged with sexually assaulting a woman as she slept in her dorm will avoid prison time.
Samson Donick, of Tiburon, California, was sentenced Tuesday to five years' probation and 1,000 hours of community service. He was also ordered to undergo sex offender treatment.
Prosecutors said Donick assaulted the woman after he entered her Boston University dorm room looking for someone else.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are giving Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology $30 million to help improve the literacy skills of elementary school students across the nation.
The Reach Every Reader program will combine scientific research with methods of tracking and predicting students' reading abilities to develop a web-based screening tool to identify kindergartners at high risk of reading difficulties.
Rideshare drivers mostly earning less than minimum wage: MIT report
Motorists making some extra cash by hauling around Uber or Lyft customers are mostly earning less than minimum wage, and nearly a third of ride-hailing drivers are losing money behind the wheel, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
MIT professor appointed to NYC deputy mayor position
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor to serve as his deputy mayor for strategic initiatives.
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Former Google exec Eric Schmidt named MIT innovation fellow
BOSTON (AP) — A longtime Google executive is taking on a new role at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The university announced Monday that Eric Schmidt will become an innovation fellow starting in the spring.
It's a yearlong fellowship that will involve working with scholars and advising the new MIT Intelligence Quest. The new research initiative is pursuing discoveries in both artificial and human intelligence.
Ex-MIT prof pleads not guilty to scheme to swindle family
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A former business professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has pleaded not guilty to accusations that he tried to swindle his dead son's family out of millions.
Ex-MIT professor denies attempting to swindle family
BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor who once falsely claimed his own son had arranged to have him shot denied charges that he tried to swindle his now dead son's family out of millions.
MIT janitor calls his jail release a Christmas ‘miracle’
BOSTON (AP) — Sitting in a Boston jail for nearly six months, Francisco Rodriguez-Guardado wondered how he'd spend the holidays away from his family.
MIT janitor facing deportation is released from jail
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts Institute of Technology janitor whose deportation case became a rallying cry for opponents of President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown has been granted a holiday reprieve: He was released from a Boston jail Thursday.
For three days in late September, six members of Silicon Couloir attended a mentorship training program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. They returned to Jackson with a fully-fledged plan to start the town’s premiere mentorship program.
Court wrestles with whether school can be blamed in suicide
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology should be held responsible for the death of a graduate student who killed himself on campus in 2009 because officials knew he was a suicide risk and didn't help him, an attorney for the man's father told the state's highest court Tuesday.
Case stirs question of school liability for student suicides
BOSTON (AP) — Han Nguyen was consumed by depression and struggling to stay afloat at one of the world's most prestigious universities. His mental health continued to decline until one day, moments after a professor confronted him about an offensive email, the 25-year-old jumped from the top of a campus building to his death.
MIT student making sleeping bags for refugees in Middle East
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — It wasn't enough to send warm wishes to refugees in Syria. Vick Liu wanted to send them actual warmth.
Einstein proof: Nobel winners find ripples in the universe
WASHINGTON (AP) — For decades astronomers tried to prove Albert Einstein right by doing what Einstein thought was impossible: detecting the faint ripples in the universe called gravitational waves. They failed repeatedly until two years ago when they finally spotted one. Then another. And another. And another.
Detained university janitor, in US 11 years, awaits his fate
BOSTON (AP) — Francisco Rodriguez-Guardado's first son was born just days after he was taken into custody by federal immigration officials for deportation back to his native El Salvador. He has yet to meet his son but is told there's a resemblance.
"They tell me he has my eyes," the 43-year-old said with a mix of wistfulness and pride this month in an interview at the Suffolk County House of Corrections.
Suspect in custody after shooting at festival on MIT campus
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A shooting that injured two people at a Caribbean street festival near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology remains under investigation.
Police say the shooting at the Cambridge Carnival was reported just before 5 p.m. Sunday at 200 Tech Square.
One victim was shot in the foot and another in the leg. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.
Suspect in custody after shooting at festival on MIT campus
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Police at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say a shooting has been reported as a parade passed through the school's campus.
MIT police say the shooting was reported just before 5 p.m. Sunday at 200 Tech Square. A suspect is in the custody of Cambridge police and a firearm has been recovered.
Cambridge police say the shooting took place at the Cambridge Carnival. The event has been shut down.
IBM and MIT partner on artificial intelligence research
BOSTON (AP) — IBM is planning to spend $240 million over the next decade to create an artificial intelligence research lab at MIT.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday announced the formation of the new MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab. It will support joint research by IBM and MIT scientists.
Cops: Frat party cited for indoor waterfall, minors drinking
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Authorities say underage drinking and a waterfall pouring down a staircase led police to break up a party at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology fraternity house.
Boston police say the first floor of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house was being "operated as a nightclub" with low light, strobe lights and a DJ on Sunday night without the approval of the City of Boston License Division.
Silicon Couloir’s new venture mentorship program, created in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been awarded a $38,000 rural business development grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
BOSTON (AP) — Youth and adult basketball teams are gathering at MIT this weekend to honor two police officers who died in the wake of the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
The fourth annual Boston Strong Invitational Basketball Tournament is scheduled to take place Saturday and Sunday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Rockwell Gym.
The tournament is held in memory of MIT Officer Sean Collier and Boston Officer Dennis "DJ" Simmonds.