MIT ranks fourth overall among U.S. universities–as well as first in undergraduate engineering and second in undergraduate business programs–in the 2007 edition of America’s Best Colleges, U.S. News and World Report’s annual guidebook. MIT shares the number-four slot with Caltech and Stanford, following Princeton, Harvard, and Yale. Among the key criteria for judging schools are selectivity (MIT’s acceptance rate is 14 percent) and class size (68 percent of MIT classes have fewer than 20 students).
The gene-edited pig heart given to a dying patient was infected with a pig virus
The first transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart into a human may have ended prematurely because of a well-known—and avoidable—risk.
Saudi Arabia plans to spend $1 billion a year discovering treatments to slow aging
The oil kingdom fears that its population is aging at an accelerated rate and hopes to test drugs to reverse the problem. First up might be the diabetes drug metformin.
Yann LeCun has a bold new vision for the future of AI
One of the godfathers of deep learning pulls together old ideas to sketch out a fresh path for AI, but raises as many questions as he answers.
The dark secret behind those cute AI-generated animal images
Google Brain has revealed its own image-making AI, called Imagen. But don't expect to see anything that isn't wholesome.
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