April 2015

In Memoriam

Newly dedicated memorial to Sean Collier opens a gateway to MIT campus
On April 29, 2015, more than 3,000 people from the MIT community — along with hundreds of State, campus, and municipal police departments — joined members of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier’s family, as a permanent memorial to the slain officer was unveiled.
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Innovation & Research

New MIT report details benefits of investment in basic research
2014 was a notable year of scientific achievements--for Europeans and the Chinese.

As American competitors increase their investment in basic research, the percentage of the U.S. federal budget devoted to research and development has fallen from around 10 percent in 1968, to less than 4 percent in 2015. 

Prepared by a committee of its faculty researchers and administrators, MIT’s new report, “The Future Postponed: Why Declining Investment in Basic Research Threatens a U.S. Innovation Deficit,” examines how funding cutbacks will impact the future of innovation in the U.S., and highlights opportunities in research that can help shape and maintain U.S. economic power, and benefit society.

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Science & Tech

Magnifying vibrations in bridges and buildings

MIT researchers apply computer vision technique to see tiny vibrations in large structures, providing a faster, cheaper, and noninvasive alternative to existing monitoring techniques.
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New MIT developed tabletop detector “sees” single electrons
MIT physicists have developed a new tabletop particle detector that is able to identify single electrons in a radioactive gas, and could potentially be used to discover the mass of neutrinos.

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Cloud security reaches silicon

System for defending against memory-access attacks implemented in chips. Computer security researchers have shown that malicious hackers don’t need to see your data in order to steal it.  A new method for thwarting these types of attacks by disguising memory-access patterns is being implemented in hardware.
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Energy & Environment

Better sensors for medical imaging, contraband detection

MIT group has developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. It could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical and materials imaging, contraband detection, and even geological exploration.
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