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The Wall Street Journal

Founded by MIT engineers, CubicPV is building a solar-component factory, reports Phred Dvorak for The Wall Street Journal. CubicPV’s process “peels a thin layer of crystallized silicon off the top of the molten material, a technique the company says is faster, cheaper and less wasteful,” explains Dvorak.


Newsday reporter Edward B. Colbey spotlights Sara Stiklickas ’17 and her journey into the world of computer science. “Leaving high school, Sara Stiklickas figured she'd become an engineer or go to medical school. Computer science wasn't on her radar — until, that is, one course in college changed the path of her life,” writes Colbey.

Inside Higher Ed

Graduate student Kartik Chandra writes for Inside Higher Education about how many of this year’s college graduates are feeling anxiety about new AI technologies. “We scientists are still debating the details of how AI is and is not humanlike in its use of language,” writes Chandra. “But let’s not forget the big picture: unlike AI, you speak because you have something to say.”


Researchers at MIT have developed an ingestible pill that can raise levels of hormones to help increase appetite and decrease nausea, reports Maggie Chen for Wired. The researchers “hope that it can one day act as an effective noninvasive therapy for those who experience gastroparesis—or other eating disorders—essentially being a temporary switch that can be activated to drive hunger and digestion,” writes Chen.

The Boston Globe

Boston Globe reporter Kara Miller spotlights Prof. Zeynep Ton’s work advocating for better treatment and pay for workers. Ton, who originally came to the Boston area to study supply chains, recently published a new book, “The Case for Good Jobs,” and is “on a mission to change how company leaders think, and how they treat their employees,” writes Baskin. “To Ton, the solution is clear: Treat people better, give them more control over their lives, close the income divide. It’s just good business.”

Quanta Magazine

Quanta Magazine reporter Jordana Cepelewicz spotlights graduate students Ashwin Sah and Mehtaab Sawhney for their work proving the existence of special objects called “subspace designs.” Sah and Sawhney have “proved the existence of objects whose existence is not at all obvious,” said Prof. David Conlon of the California Institute of Technology. “They’re producing high-quality research at a rate where I can’t even blink.”


Prof. Danielle Li and graduate student Lindsey Raymond speak with NPR hosts Wailin Wong and Adrian Ma about how generative artificial intelligence could impact the workplace based on their research examining how an AI chatbot affected workers at customer contact centers. “A lot of what customer service is, is about managing people's feelings 'cause people come, they're tired or whatever,” says Li. “And so in some sense there's kind of this sort of human soft skills component that these technologies are able to capture in a way that prior technologies couldn't.”


Astrophysicist Frank Shu '63, who is credited with making pivotal contributions to our understanding of galaxies and star formation, has died at the age of 79, reports Douglas Lin and Fred Adams for Nature. “For the past dozen years, his concern about the climate crisis led him to study the use of molten-salt reactors to generate energy from nuclear waste and to convert waste biomass into inert products that can be sequestered, removing carbon from the atmosphere,” write Lin and Adams.

The Boston Herald

On Friday, June 2, MIT celebrated the Class of 2023 with its undergraduate commencement ceremony, during which Chancellor Melissa Nobles addressed the graduates and students walked across the stage on Killian Court to receive their diplomas on a summer-like day. The Boston Herald featured a series of photographs from the event.


Institute Prof. Daron Acemoglu and Prof. Aleksander Mądry join GBH’s Greater Boston to explore how AI can be regulated and safely integrated into our lives. “With much of our society driven by informational spaces — in particular social media and online media in general — AI and, in particular, generative AI accelerates a lot of problems like misinformation, spam, spear phishing and blackmail,” Mądry explains. Acemoglu adds that he feels AI reforms should be approached “more broadly so that AI researchers actually work in using these technologies in human-friendly ways, trying to make humans more empowered and more productive.”

The Boston Globe

VulcanForms, an MIT startup, is at the “leading edge of a push to transform 3-D printing from a niche technology — best known for new-product prototyping and art-class experimentation — into an industrial force,” writes David Scharfenberg for The Boston Globe. Scharfenberg notes that VulcanForms “could help usher in something new — a high-tech industrialism aimed straight at the country’s most pressing problems.”


Neil Thompson, director of the FutureTech research project at MIT CSAIL and a principal investigator MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy, speaks with Politico reporter Mohar Chatterjee about generative AI, the pace of computer progress and the need for the U.S. to invest more in developing the future of computing. “We need to make sure we have good secure factories that can produce cutting-edge semiconductors,” says Thompson. “The CHIPS Act covers that. And people are starting to invest in some of these post-CMOS technologies — but it just needs to be much more. These are incredibly important technologies.”

The Boston Globe

Boston Globe columnist Thomas Farragher spotlights how researchers from MIT’s Haystack Observatory have built an “ice penetrator,” a device designed to help scientists study how sea ice is changing. Chris Eckert, a mechanical engineer at Haystack, explains, “Global warming is a real thing and we need a new class of instrumentation and measurements to truly understand it.”

Featured Multimedia

Mark Rober, the popular YouTuber, engineer, and inventor, tells MIT graduates to throw themselves into the unknown and advises them to embrace optimism and collaboration as he delivers his address to the Class of 2023.

Each year, MIT’s Commencement provides a special opportunity for graduates and their families to celebrate all they’ve accomplished at MIT. Congratulations, MIT Class of 2023!

MIT's "Ways of Seeing" project, directed by professor Fotini Christia, documents four historic architectural sites in Afghanistan, using digital imaging, Extended Reality, and hand-crafted renderings. PhD candidate Nikolaos Vlavianos created the Extended Reality sequences for the project.

In this episode of the Curiosity Unbounded podcast MIT President Sally Kornbluth sits down with Mai Hassan, a newly tenured associate professor of political science. Hassan's work focuses on bureaucracy, public administration, and the state in Africa.

Using a new technique, MIT engineers are able to analyze the 3D organization of the genome at a resolution 100 times higher than before making their images the highest-resolution maps of the 3D genome ever generated.

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