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Molecular magnetism packs power with “messenger electron”

Electrons can be a persuasive bunch, or at least, a talkative bunch, according to new work from John Berry’s lab at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The spins of unpaired electrons…

Researchers develop flexible, stretchable photonic devices

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Researchers at MIT and several other institutions have developed a method for making photonic devices — similar to electronic devices but based on light rather than electricity…

Why some Muslim clerics become jihadists

In his new book, political scientist Richard Nielsen proposes a “blocked ambition” hypothesis. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — What turns people into radical jihadist clerics? A new book by an MIT political scientist…

Unlocking the potential of magnetic skyrmions

An innovative technique for making tunable magnetic skyrmions could lead to next-generation memory and computing technologies. Magnetic skyrmions offer the promise of next-generation memory and computing technologies, such as cache…

MIT-Haiti, Google team up to boost education in Kreyòl

Institute-led effort to create STEM lexicon is now available for global translation. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In recent years, MIT scholars have helped develop a whole lexicon of science and math terms…

Faster big-data analysis

System for performing “tensor algebra” offers 100-fold speedups over previous software packages. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — We live in the age of big data, but most of that data is “sparse.” Imagine,…

How impatience guides financial behavior

Long-term states of mind can affect short-term financial decisions. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Imagine you are receiving a refund payment from the federal government. Are you going to spend it right away…

Selective memory

Scheme would make new high-capacity data caches 33 to 50 percent more efficient. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In a traditional computer, a microprocessor is mounted on a “package,” a small circuit…

Researchers bring optical communication onto silicon chips

Ultrathin films of a semiconductor that emits and detects light can be stacked on top of silicon wafers. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The huge increase in computing performance in recent decades…

Healthy competition makes habit of sustainability

Living sustainably to save the planet is serious stuff, but Madison-based non-profit Cool Choices has made a game of it. And it seems to be working. According to University of…