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Top tweets of 2014

Best of the year on @MIT include a robot cheetah, next-generation spacesuits, and Tetris tater tots.
One of 2014's most popular @MIT tweets: a Mobius bagel by George Hart '77, PhD '87
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One of 2014's most popular @MIT tweets: a Mobius bagel by George Hart '77, PhD '87
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At MIT, 2014 was rich in innovation, discovery — and fun. Accordingly, the Institute’s Twitter followers — currently numbering more than 172,000 — responded enthusiastically to updates from MIT and from its many alumni and affiliates. Stories about campus life — from Commencement to President L. Rafael Reif’s #IceBucketChallenge to the student-built roller coaster that greeted incoming freshmen in August — added extra flavor to the year’s 140-character musings.

Among the 20 most popular individual tweets from @MIT this year were updates on the robotic cheetah developed by MIT researchers; a next-generation spacesuit from MIT aerospace engineers; and Tetris-shaped tater tots in the Stratton Student Center (Building W20). Here are our top tweets of 2014, measured in retweets and favorites, in chronological order:

We love π

HAPPY PI DAY 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375... pic.twitter.com/xulu1e6ile

— MIT (@MIT) March 14, 2014

Happy birthday, MIT!

Happy birthday, MIT! The Institute was founded April 10, 1861 by William Barton Rogers. #tbt http://t.co/3ZM3tXExzk pic.twitter.com/vh4iFrDqIP

— MIT (@MIT) April 10, 2014

An intriguing hypothesis from MIT Professor Max Tegmark

"Consciousness is a state of matter." http://t.co/YGHcMVOuDK pic.twitter.com/7J0idaTK3Z

— MIT (@MIT) April 28, 2014

Flying car developed by MIT alumni takes a giant leap

Flying car by @MITAeroAstro spinoff @Terrafugia moves from science fiction to reality. http://t.co/JaQwTaM073 pic.twitter.com/howplhAUDj

— MIT (@MIT) May 1, 2014

MIT researchers simulate the universe since the Big Bang

Amazing Time-Lapse Video Shows Evolution of #Universe Like Never Before http://t.co/raztbzRMzx in @spacedotcom pic.twitter.com/c6iYuusIK5

— MIT (@MIT) May 12, 2014

Congratulating Jeopardy! champion Julia Collins MEng ’10

MIT alum @JeopardyJulia now trails only @kenjennings for all-time #Jeopardy! wins. http://t.co/OOLsQMESE3 pic.twitter.com/O3PlsjjVdY

— MIT (@MIT) May 31, 2014

Looking forward to wireless charging technology on Tesla’s birthday

Happy b-day Nikola #Tesla! Startup @WiTricity is bringing his ideas on wireless power to life: http://t.co/fKcaekiOms pic.twitter.com/8k2yHg03RY

— MIT (@MIT) July 10, 2014

Tetris-shaped tater tots debut at MIT

Seen at the Student Center this afternoon: Tetris hash browns! #onlyatMIT pic.twitter.com/u2ct08oP0s

— MIT (@MIT) July 16, 2014

How to slice the perfect Möbius bagel

Predicting an earthquake near Istanbul

Researchers at @eapsMIT say a large earthquake may occur 5 miles from Istanbul. http://t.co/pIJd3T4tTd pic.twitter.com/GigAewlnQc

— MIT (@MIT) September 11, 2014

Robo-cheetah loses its leash

MIT's robotic cheetah can now run and jump untethered. Watch: http://t.co/ozNGqSsHqT pic.twitter.com/RqQ0yuEN3u

— MIT (@MIT) September 16, 2014

Will we go to Mars in these?

Spacesuit from @MITAeroAstro shrink-wraps to astronauts’ bodies. http://t.co/GmFtNjLrWS #spacetravel pic.twitter.com/UAkfMq3PFu

— MIT (@MIT) September 18, 2014

Top spot in the QS World University Rankings

Have you heard? MIT named the best university in the world for 2014/15 http://t.co/efXysUEOC5 pic.twitter.com/B05GgQwizz

— MIT (@MIT) September 20, 2014

A “new” Asimov essay in MIT Technology Review

"How do people get new ideas?" Unearthed Isaac Asimov essay on #creativity: http://t.co/nlIJSKEe56 in @techreview pic.twitter.com/9Ac9XAd3Gf

— MIT (@MIT) October 21, 2014

Happy #MoleDay!

October 23rd is the day we celebrate Avogadro's constant, 6.02 x 10^23. Happy #MoleDay! pic.twitter.com/hDfpI0Yaqx

— MIT (@MIT) October 23, 2014

Cheering on an historic #CometLanding

Placing a robot on the surface of a comet is an incredible feat of engineering. Congrats, @ESA_Rosetta! #CometLanding pic.twitter.com/de4dNJGsmT

— MIT (@MIT) November 12, 2014

Exploring a landmark publication with MIT’s OpenCourseWare

"On the Origin of Species" debuted 155 yrs ago today! Brush up on Darwin with @MITOCW: http://t.co/Lw7fpaKflU pic.twitter.com/JIxnxftsvo

— MIT (@MIT) November 24, 2014

We can all be thankful for puzzles

What are you thankful for this #Thanksgiving? http://t.co/3sKhVA78Jd @FrankWilczek pic.twitter.com/3UUm7Nln53

— MIT (@MIT) November 27, 2014

Working together with #OneMIT

"The world's most challenging problems cannot be solved by one discipline alone!" http://t.co/vKp4ri7oZZ #oneMIT pic.twitter.com/E5WfTfmmq1

— MIT (@MIT) December 15, 2014

Mapping connections through language

Maps detail cultural connections between speakers of different languages http://t.co/ZogVKpcJXL pic.twitter.com/NhTQJsSXeo

— MIT (@MIT) December 21, 2014

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