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Around MIT

  • A Turning Point

    Robert Desimone, head of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research, thinks ­breakthroughs in understanding mental illness are just around the corner.

  • The Body Electric

    Hugh Herr, SM ’93, isn’t just developing more capable prosthetic limbs. He’s rethinking what humans can do.

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  • Catching Errors

    A portable pill scanner invented by Ívar Helgason, SM ’08, María Rúnarsdóttir, MBA ’08, and Gauti Reynisson, MBA ’10, flags medication mistakes at the hospital bedside.

  • Gaming the System

    Economists have long used game theory to make sense of the world. Now engineers and computer scientists are using it to rethink their work.

  • A Farewell to Arms

    As the Cold War ended, MIT researcher Thomas Neff came up with a plan to fuel U.S. nuclear plants with uranium from Russian bombs. With more than a decade of quiet diplomacy, he pulled it off.

  • Taking the Putnam

    At most schools, 10 students show up for the prestigious math competition. At MIT, it’s a major event.

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