What is it? »The birth of electrical engineering
March 9, 2011
The creation of the first electrical-engineering curriculum may have said as much about MIT's educational philosophy as it did about the pace of innovation.
What is it? »The quantum singularity
March 2, 2011
A new experiment would use quantum effects to perform otherwise intractable calculations, but conducting it should be easier than building a quantum computer.
What is it? »Language barrier
March 1, 2011
To take advantage of multicore chips, programmers will need software development systems that let them express themselves in fundamentally new ways.
What is it? »Retooling algorithms
February 25, 2011
Charles Leiserson and his team are experts at designing parallel algorithms - including one for a chess-playing program that outperformed IBM's Deep Blue.
What is it? »The next operating system
February 24, 2011
Operating systems for multicore chips will need more information about their own performance - and more resources for addressing whatever problems arise.
What is it? »Nano-sized vaccines
February 22, 2011
New MIT nanoparticles could lead to powerful vaccines for HIV and other diseases.