October 13, 2014
Katie Walmsley reports for CNN Money on SHINE, a program founded by MIT graduate Kirin Sinha that teaches math to young girls through dance. "We saw an almost 300% improvement in their math scores, we saw over 100% improvement in confidence," says Sinha.
Writing for Times Higher Education, senior lecturer Anjali Sastry argues that entrepreneurship is a key component in finding solutions to complex global health problems. Sastry spotlights how MIT students are provided with hands-on opportunities to “learn analytics, systems thinking, effective business models and entrepreneurial processes. They aren’t just learning how to maximize profits, but ways to understand the market and craft systems.”
Boston.com reporter Nik DeCosta-Klipa speaks with Bernard Fabrot about the cryptographic puzzle -- developed by Prof. Ron Rivest -- that he recently solved. Fabrot explains that he realized “basically that the way computers evolved 15 years after the puzzle was created meant that it was possible to solve it on a regular PC much faster than what was expected in 1999.”
Researchers from MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab have developed a system of underwater structures to help sand accumulate naturally and elevate islands and coastlines above rising sea levels, reports Jesus Diaz for Fast Company. “Strategically positioned according to currents, these structures will use the energy of waves to accumulate sand in different locations,” Diaz explains.
Reporting for WBUR, Pamela Reynolds spotlights “Ericka Beckman: Double Reverse,” on display at the List Visual Arts Center. Reynolds writes that through the exhibit Beckman explores “connections between games and gambling, the larger structures of capital, as well as the gamification of a culture which has given itself over to scores, challenges, tokens and rewards as a means of control.”
Edgar Herwick reports for WGBH’s Curiosity Desk on Prof. Wolfgang Ketterle’s presentation exploring the kilogram’s new standard of measurement. Ketterle explained that the change will have a big impact, in particular for micro and nanotechnologies. "Small quantities matter for our lives," said Ketterle. "Medicine, pharmaceuticals are small quantities. Our computers and our smartphones would not exist without nanotechnology."
MIT and the U.S. Air Force “are teaming up to launch a new accelerator focused on artificial intelligence applications,” writes Danny Crichton for TechCrunch. The goal is that projects developed in the MIT-Air Force AI Accelerator would be “addressing challenges that are important to both the Air Force and society more broadly.”