Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Elections Feb 13

    MIT: Hackers Could Alter Ballots in Widely Used Voting App

    A study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has found serious security concerns in a voting app used in elections in West Virginia, Denver, Oregon and Utah

  • MIT Jan 10

    Epstein Gave $850,000 to MIT, Visited 9 Times, Probe Finds

    Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein donated more than $700,000 to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and visited campus at least nine times after being convicted of sex crimes in 2008, according to new findings from a law firm hired to investigate Epstein’s ties with the elite school. The report finds that some senior leaders at MIT approved Epstein’s donations but demanded…

  • PRESIDENT Nov 13, 2019

    3 Universities, Medical Center Get $1B Gift to Teach and Research

    Three universities and a health care institution are sharing a gift of more than $1 billion that’s one of the largest in the history of higher education, they announced Wednesday. Receiving $260 million apiece will be Duke University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California, and the Cleveland Clinic. The institutions are free to use the money...

  • Facebook Sep 12, 2019

    MIT President Addresses Epstein Donations Ahead of Planned Protest

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology President L. Rafael Reif says in a letter to the community he thanked disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein in 2012 for a donation to a professor at the school. “Although I do not recall it, it does bear my signature,” Reif said in the letter posted to the school’s website Thursday. Reif said his acknowledgment came on...

  • PRESIDENT Sep 10, 2019

    MIT Scandal Highlights Thorny Ethics of University Donations

    While MIT grapples with new allegations about its financial ties to Jeffrey Epstein, other universities that accepted donations from the disgraced financier say they have no plans to return the money. The turmoil at MIT has sent shockwaves through the world of education and highlights the challenges universities face as they screen potential donors and decide whether to keep money...

  • Florida Sep 7, 2019

    Director of MIT’s Media Lab Steps Down Over Epstein Ties

    The director of a prestigious research lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology resigned Saturday, and the school’s president ordered an independent investigation amid an uproar over the lab’s ties to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. Joi Ito, director of MIT’s Media Lab, resigned from both the lab and from his position as a professor at the Cambridge school, university President...

  • head Jul 20, 2019

    Besieged Puerto Rico Governor Goes Quiet Amid Protests

    In the Spanish colonial fortress that serves as his official residence, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is under siege. Motorcyclists, celebrities, horse enthusiasts and hundreds of thousands of ordinary Puerto Ricans have swarmed outside La Fortaleza (The Fort) in Old San Juan this week, demanding Rosselló resign over a series of leaked online chats insulting women, political opponents and even...

  • Belgium May 16, 2019

    MIT Time Capsule Puzzle Solved 15 Years Ahead of Schedule

    A time capsule complete with computer artifacts was opened up at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Wednesday. It was part of a celebration, after Bernard Fabrot, a self-taught programmer from Belgium, solved a cryptographic puzzle at MIT 15 years ahead of schedule.

  • OFFICER Mar 16, 2019

    College Cheating Scandal: 2 Ex-Admissions Officers Explain the Process Behind the Scenes

    College admissions officers comb through stacks of applications, essays, GPA scores and and more to select the few students who will be accepted, and two former officers from prestigious schools told NBC News what that process looks like as it comes under scrutiny after a massive college bribery scheme was uncovered. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s former director of undergraduate...

  • Maryland Feb 27, 2019

    Maryland Legislators Consider Limiting Electronic Absentee Ballots

    Maryland legislators are considering a bill to change the way voters access absentee ballots after a News4 I-Team investigation exposed what critics say are vulnerabilities in the system.

  • United States Feb 23, 2019

    ‘We’ve Always Been Significant Contributors:’ Dr. Mareena Robinson Snowden Making History in STEM Field

    It wasn’t until 10th grade that Dr. Mareena Robinson Snowden was pushed to embrace her math skills — But then she went on to become the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s first African-American female graduate to earn a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering. CORRECTION (Feb. 26, 10 a.m.): An earlier version of this text misspelled Dr. Robinson Snowden’s first name.

  • Instagram Feb 8, 2019

    Thai Princess’ Political Bid Sunk by Her Brother, the King

    Thailand’s chaotic politics took two astonishing turns Friday when the sister of the king made a historic bid to become prime minister, only to have him shut down her effort as “inappropriate” because it violated tradition and the constitution, which keep the monarchy from getting involved in politics. The royal order from King Maha Vajiralongkorn was read on national television...

  • Africa Feb 8, 2019

    Pea-Sized Pill Delivers Insulin Shot From Inside the Stomach

    Scientists figured out how to hide a shot inside a pea-sized pill that can inject medicines like insulin from inside the stomach.

  • Europe Nov 27, 2018

    Gene-Editing Chinese Scientist Kept Much of His Work Secret

    The Chinese scientist who says he helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies veered off a traditional career path, keeping much of his research secret in pursuit of a larger goal — making history. He Jiankui’s outsized aspirations began to take shape in 2016, the year after another team of Chinese researchers sparked global debate with the revelation that they...

  • Florida Nov 21, 2018

    ‘Star Trek’-Inspired Experimental Plane Uses Electric Field to Fly

    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...

  • Donald Trump Oct 30, 2018

    Amid Global Uproar, Some US Colleges Rethink Saudi Ties

    U.S. colleges and universities have received more than $350 million from the Saudi government this decade, yet some are rethinking their arrangements in the wake of the killing of a journalist that has ignited a global uproar against the oil-rich nation. The Associated Press analyzed federal data and found that at least $354 million from the Saudi government or institutions...

  • Mexico Jun 2, 2018

    Is There a Link to Superstorms and Global Warming?

    The Atlantic hurricane season was devastating for the United States in 2017. Damage from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria cost the United States $267 billion.

  • ATTORNEY May 7, 2018

    Court Says Schools Can Be Liable for Suicides But Clears MIT

    Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology cannot be held responsible for the death of a graduate student who killed himself in 2009.

  • Donald Trump May 4, 2018

    Author Junot Diaz Faces Sexual Misconduct Allegations

    Weeks after publishing his own story of sexual abuse in the New Yorker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz is facing an onslaught of accusations of sexual misconduct and misogyny directed at fellow writers. Zinzi Clemmons, who penned coming-of-age novel “What We Lose,” tweeted early Friday morning that when she was a 26-year-old graduate student, Diaz cornered her and forcibly kissed...

  • King May 3, 2018

    ’John Madden Football’ Scores Spot in World Video Game Hall of Fame

    The World Video Game Hall of Fame has inducted “John Madden Football,” a giant of the multibillion-dollar video game industry that another new inductee — the 1962 “Spacewar!” — helped to launch. “Tomb Raider” and “Final Fantasy VII” round out the class of 2018 honored Thursday at The Strong museum, where the hall of fame is housed.

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