MIT Top Stories

Subscribe to MIT Top Stories feed MIT Top Stories
Updated: 1 hour 42 min ago

Why lithium-ion may rule batteries for a long time to come

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 07:00
Materials scientist Gerd Ceder is overseeing a research effort to extend the capabilities of the dominant form of energy storage, using a new class of compounds.

Wall Street’s embrace could break Bitcoin

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 12:07
Going mainstream could be disastrous for the currency, if traders treat it like a conventional asset.

Running quantum algorithms in the cloud just got a lot faster

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 01:10
A startup called Rigetti Computing is linking quantum computers with classical ones in a new cloud service

For safety’s sake, we must slow innovation in internet-connected things

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 14:20
That’s the view of security expert Bruce Schneier, who fears lives will be lost in a cyber disaster unless governments act swiftly.

How California could affordably reach 100 percent clean electricity

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 11:00
Depending on solar and wind without nuclear, carbon capture, or other “firm low-carbon resources” would be extremely expensive, MIT researchers find.

Anti-aging medicine is so hot even this controversial idea has investors

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 21:00
A startup invests in a way to keep people younger, despite doubts about its science.

Four questions Silicon Valley should expect from Capitol Hill

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 16:55
And one fundamental question that should underlie tomorrow’s Congressional testimony.

One secret to building affordable nuclear: stick with tried-and-true designs

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 07:00
But first we need to convince companies to build nuclear plants at all.

California advances an ambitious climate policy that should be a model for the world

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 10:10
The state is on the verge of passing a rule requiring 100 percent of its electricity to come from carbon-free sources.

Researchers find a way to mimic clinical trials using genetics

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 07:00
A technique called Mendelian randomization could be the revolutionary tool drug companies have been waiting for.

Crowdsourcing the hunt for software bugs is a booming business—and a risky one

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 14:30
Freelance cybersleuths can help companies find flaws in their code. But the bug hunters could fall afoul of anti-hacking laws.

US election campaign technology from 2008 to 2018, and beyond

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00
The first Obama campaign kicked off a technological revolution in electioneering. Where is it going next?

The four ways that ex-internet idealists explain where it all went wrong

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00
21st-century digital evangelists had a lot in common with early Christians and Russian revolutionaries.

Future elections may be swayed by intelligent, weaponized chatbots

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00
The AI advances that brought you Alexa are teaching propaganda how to talk.

Kenya’s technology evolved. Its political problems stayed the same.

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00
Long before the internet, hate speech flourished in echo chambers of a different kind.

This is what filter bubbles actually look like

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:00
Maps of Twitter activity show how political polarization manifests online and why divides are so hard to bridge.

The simple but ingenious system Taiwan uses to crowdsource its laws

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 07:00
vTaiwan is a promising experiment in participatory governance. But politics is blocking it from getting greater traction.

Who needs democracy when you have data?

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 07:00
Here’s how China rules using data, AI, and internet surveillance.