February 10, 2017
The Atlantic’s Natalie Wolchover writes that MIT physicists have presented a demonstration of quantum entanglement, addressing a loophole in quantum theory. Prof. Andrew Friedman says his team will continue testing the loophole, explaining, “either we close the loophole more…or we see something that could point toward new physics.”
Reporting for CBS Boston, Dr. Mallika Marshall spotlights how MIT researchers have uncovered a new antibiotic using a deep-learning algorithm. Marshall notes that the researchers tested the new antibiotic “against dozens of bacteria in lab dishes and found it could kill many strains that are resistant to treatment.”
Profs. Regina Barzilay and James Collins speak with Angus Chen of WBUR about how they developed a new algorithm to identify an antibiotic that could treat drug-resistant bacteria. “The study shows the power of harnessing artificial intelligence to address the antibiotic resistance crisis,” says Collins.
The AP reports that William McRaven, a retired U.S. Navy admiral and former chancellor of the University of Texas system, has been selected to deliver MIT’s 2020 Commencement address. “McRaven was head of U.S. Special Operations Command in 2011 when a team of Navy SEALs killed the al-Qaida leader in Pakistan,” the AP notes.
Neha Narula, director of the Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative, writes for The Wall Street Journal about why she feels the U.S. dollar should be digitized. “The U.S. could help pave the way for faster, cheaper and more secure payments by allowing consumers to hold central-bank-issued digital currency outside of commercial banks,” writes Narula.