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The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. The Institute is committed to generating, disseminating, and preserving knowledge, and to working with others to bring this knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community. We seek to develop in each member of the MIT community the ability and passion to work wisely, creatively, and effectively for the betterment of humankind. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology - a coeducational, privately endowed research university - is dedicated to advancing knowledge and educating students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century. The Institute has more than 900 faculty and 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is organized into five Schools - Architecture and Planning, Engineering, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Management, and Science - and the Whitaker College of Health Sciences and Technology. Within these are twenty-seven degree-granting departments, programs, and divisions. In addition, a great deal of research and teaching takes place in interdisciplinary programs, laboratories, and centers whose work extends beyond traditional departmental boundaries. The board of trustees, known as the Corporation, consists of about 75 national and international leaders in higher education, business and industry, science, engineering and other professions. Forty-seven alumni, faculty, researchers and staff have won Nobel Prizes. William Barton Rogers, the Institute's founding President, believed that education should be both broad and useful, enabling students to participate in "the humane culture of the community" and to discover and apply knowledge for the benefit of society. His emphasis on "learning by doing," on combining liberal and professional education, and on the value of useful knowledge, continues to be at the heart of MIT's educational mission. MIT's commitment to innovation has led to a host of scientific break-throughs and technological advances. Achievements of the Institute's faculty and graduates have included the first chemical synthesis of penicillin and vitamin A, the development of inertial guidance systems, modern technologies for artificial limbs, and the magnetic core memory that made possible the development of digital computers. Exciting current areas of research and education include neuroscience and the study of the brain and mind, bioengineering, the environment and sustainable development, information sciences and technology, new media, financial technology, and entrepreneurship. University research is one of the mainsprings of growth in an economy increasingly defined by technology. In the first national study of the economic impact of a research university, "The Impact of Innovation," the BankBoston Economics Department found that graduates of MIT have founded 4,000 firms, translating their knowledge into products, services, and jobs. These firms, in 1994, employed over one million people and generated worldwide revenues of $232 billion. MIT has forged educational and research collaborations with other universities, governments, and companies throughout the nation and the world, and draws its faculty and students from every corner of the globe. The result is a vigorous mix of people, ideas, and programs dedicated to enhancing the world's wellbeing. Most (70 percent) of the research conducted on the MIT campus is supported by the US government, but the Institute is a national leader in the amount of such funding received from private industry (nearly 20 percent).

Nanoparticles could turn windows into computer screens
31 January, 2014
US researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are developing a way to turn ordinary pieces of glass into transparent computer displays using attachable plastic sheets full of nanoparticles.
Super-slippery "structured liquid" coating gets ALL the ketchup out of the bottle
15 August, 2013
LiquiGlide is a revolutionary super-slippery coating platform that allows cosmetic products like shampoo, conditioner, and lotion and thick sauces and condiments like mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, jelly, and even honey to slide easily out of their bottles. What may seem like a trivial application is actually a $100+ billion industry worldwide. Other applications are foreseen in energy, desalination, transportation and manufacturing.
Carbon nanotubes improve energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries
12 August, 2013
Batteries might gain a boost in power capacity as a result of a new finding from researchers at MIT. They found that using carbon nanotubes for one of the battery’s electrodes produced a significant increase - up to tenfold - in the amount of power it could deliver from a given weight of material, compared to a conventional lithium-ion battery. Such electrodes might find applications in small portable devices, and with further research might also lead to improved batteries for larger, more power-hungry applications.
Thin film polymer patches enable safer, more effective DNA vaccines
01 February, 2013
Polymer film derveloped at MIT gradually releases DNA coding for viral proteins could offer a better alternative to traditional vaccines.
Reconfigurable milli-motein robot - the robotic equivalent of a Swiss army knife?
04 December, 2012
The device doesn’t look like much: a caterpillar-sized assembly of metal rings and strips resembling something you might find buried in a home-workshop drawer. But the technology behind it, and the long-range possibilities it represents, are quite remarkable.
Elastic strain in thin solar funnel can better harness solar energy
04 December, 2012
Taking advantage of materials under elastic strain, MIT engineers are proposing a new way of harnessing photons for electricity, with the potential for capturing a wider spectrum of solar energy.
Could Spider Silk Save Your Life?
21 January, 2009
MIT scientists from the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies have reached an elusive engineering milestone. They have successfully created a synthetic material with the same properties of spider silk.
Polymer coating prevents glass fogging
16 January, 2009
Researchers have developed a new anti-fog glass coating that can transform water droplets into smooth transparent sheets of water. The coating can be used on everything from car windows, bathroom mirrors, eyeglasses, ski goggles, underwater masks, and inside car headlights to prevent fogging.
Smart plastics change shape with light
13 April, 2005
An MIT engineer and German colleagues have created the first plastics that can be deformed and temporarily fixed in a second, new shape by illumination with light having certain wavelengths.
Novel fabrics see the light
31 October, 2004
In work on smart fabrics and new computer interfaces that could lead to applications including multifunctional textile fabrics and all-optical computer interfaces, MIT researchers report the creation of flexible fibres and fabrics that can not only sense light, but also analyse its colours.
Recycling of scrapped electronics studied
07 October, 2004
MIT researchers have developed new metrics for assessing the performance of firms that recycle scrapped electronic equipment, a major source of toxic pollutants.
16 January, 2003
MIT engineers and colleagues from the University of California are reporting a unique design of a
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