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MIT community in 2021: A year in review
MIT community in 2021: A year in review

Top Institute stories dealt with the return to campus and continued response to Covid-19, MIT’s commitments to climate action, its support of our diverse community, and more.

MIT’s top research stories of 2021
MIT’s top research stories of 2021

The year’s popular research stories include a promising new approach to cancer immunotherapy, the confirmation of a 50-year-old theorem, and a major fusion breakthrough.

MIT engineers test an idea for a new hovering rover
MIT engineers test an idea for a new hovering rover

A levitating vehicle might someday explore the moon, asteroids, and other airless planetary surfaces.

Could acid-neutralizing life-forms make habitable pockets in Venus’ clouds?
Could acid-neutralizing life-forms make habitable pockets in Venus’ clouds?

A new study shows it’s theoretically possible. The hypothesis could be tested soon with proposed Venus-bound missions.

MIT engineers produce the world’s longest flexible fiber battery
MIT engineers produce the world’s longest flexible fiber battery

The rechargeable battery can be woven and washed, and could provide power for fiber-based electronic devices and sensors.

Sensor based on quantum physics could detect SARS-CoV-2 virus
Sensor based on quantum physics could detect SARS-CoV-2 virus

Mathematical simulations show the new approach may offer faster, cheaper, and more accurate detection, including identifying new variants.

Expanding the conversation about sustainability
Expanding the conversation about sustainability

Senior Stacy Godfreey-Igwe seeks to make marginalized communities more visible in the fight against climate change.

Selective separation could help alleviate critical metals shortage
Selective separation could help alleviate critical metals shortage

A new way of processing rare-earth and other key metals to separate them from other materials could reduce environmental impact and cost.

Q&A: Cathy Wu on developing algorithms to safely integrate robots into our world
Q&A: Cathy Wu on developing algorithms to safely integrate robots into our world

Assistant professor of civil engineering describes her career in robotics as well as challenges and promises of human-robot interactions.

Giving bug-like bots a boost
Giving bug-like bots a boost

A new fabrication technique produces low-voltage, power-dense artificial muscles that improve the performance of flying microrobots.

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