A team of engineers from MIT and Princeton University has developed a robotic system that can successfully localize and pick up any item, amid clutter, and move it to another location. This technology earned them a first place spot at the 2017 Amazon Robotics Challenge. (Learn more: http://news.mit.edu/2018/robo-picker-grasps-and-packs-0220 )

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A team of MIT engineers turned to LEGO bricks as the basis of their new microfluidic design because of their precision and consistency. No matter where in the world they are found, LEGO bricks are guaranteed to line up, and snap seamlessly and securely in place. (Learn more: http://news.mit.edu/2018/microfluidics-lego-bricks-0131 )

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In the Center for Theoretical Physics at MIT, researchers develop ideas for describing the fundamental physical laws governing our universe, from perspectives spanning nuclear and particle physics, string theory, gravity, and quantum information. (Learn more: http://ctp.mit.edu/ )

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Featuring: Robert L. Jaffe, Morningstar Professor of Science, Former Director, Center for Theoretical Physics, Laboratory for Nuclear Science, Department of Physics. Tracy R. Slatyer, Jerrold R. Zacharias CD Assistant Professor, Center for Theoretical Physics, Laboratory for Nuclear Science, Department of Physics, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. Washington Taylor, Professor of Physics, Director, Center for Theoretical Physics, Laboratory for Nuclear Science, Department of Physics


Janelle Sands is an accomplished cellist and an undergraduate student in the School of Engineering at MIT. Watch Janelle perform the Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1.

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Each year the MIT Women's League designs and decorates three large holiday wreaths to hang above the main entrance to the Institute. Since the 1930s, League members have come together at the beginning of December to make the large evergreen wreaths.

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MIT engineers have been able to induce plants to give off a dim light for nearly four hours. And they believe that, with further optimization, such plants will one day be bright enough to illuminate an entire workspace. (Learn more: http://news.mit.edu/2017/engineers-create-nanobionic-plants-that-glow-1213 )

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Bringing it way back with this nostalgic craft. Happy Thanksgiving!

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The seasons are a changing around MIT. As the temperature drops and the winds pick up, we say goodbye to fall.

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Music: "Breeze" by B-Side. From album "When Streets are Empty" (https://chillhop.bandcamp.com/album/when-streets-are-empty )


Meet Boston Jedi, a Boston-based lightsaber stage combat club that meets weekly to practice on MIT's campus. Members of the club, which include MIT students and alumni, use lightsaber props to create visually engaging battle sequences to perform for audiences. Learn more about the club: www.bostonjedi.org

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A team of researchers in the Varanasi Lab at MIT has developed a way to create nanoscale emulsions, of oil and water, stable enough to last indefinitely, and with no mixing required. (Learn more: http://news.mit.edu/2017/new-way-mix-oil-and-water-1108 )

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For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves – ripples in space-time – in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic event has been viewed in both gravitational waves and light. Learn more about this discovery: http://news.mit.edu/2017/ligo-virgo-first-detection-gravitational-waves-colliding-neutron-stars-1016 )

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Rainer Weiss ’55, PhD ’62, professor emeritus of physics at MIT, has won the Nobel Prize in physics for 2017. Weiss won half of the prize, with the other half of the award shared by Kip S. Thorne, professor emeritus of theoretical physics at Caltech, and Barry C. Barish, professor emeritus of physics at Caltech.

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Rainer Weiss, professor emeritus of physics at MIT, has won the Nobel Prize in physics for 2017. Weiss shares the award with Caltech professors emeritus of physics Barry Barish and Kip Thorne. In this video Weiss describes learning of the first detection of gravitational waves.

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Cognitive scientists from MIT and elsewhere have found that people can more easily communicate warmer colors than cool ones. (Learn more: http://news.mit.edu/2017/analyzing-language-color-0918 )

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A multi-disciplinary team of researchers from MIT, Duke University, Magee-Women's Research Institute, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has developed a novel way to analyze blood, for signatures of cancer and other diseases, using sound waves. (Learn more: http://news.mit.edu/2017/blood-testing-sound-waves-tissue-biopsies-0918 )

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