All posts by MIT News

Study predicts heart cells’ response to dwindling oxygen

Results may help surgeons determine when and how to treat heart attacks BY JENNIFER CHU, MIT NEWS OFFICE  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Time is of the essence when treating a patient undergoing a heart attack. Cardiac surgeons attempt to quickly stabilize the heart by applying reperfusion, a

Bitcoin study: Period of exclusivity encourages early adopters

Delaying access for the tech-savvy can stifle spread of new products, experiment shows BY ROB MATHESON, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Giving early adopters the first access to new technologies can help diffuse those technologies among the masses. A notable example is Google’s rollout of Gmail:

Using chip memory more efficiently

System for generating ad hoc “cache hierarchies” increases processing speed while reducing energy consumption by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — For decades, computer chips have increased efficiency by using “caches,” small, local memory banks that store frequently used data and cut down on

Study: Preschoolers learn from math games — to a point

Games found to improve conceptual math skills, but gains may not carry over to primary school by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — What is the best way to help poor schoolchildren succeed at math? A study co-authored by researchers at MIT, Harvard University,

Why do some neighborhoods improve?

Density of highly educated residents, rather than income or ethnic composition, predicts revitalization. by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Four years ago, researchers at MIT’s Media Lab developed a computer vision system that can analyze street-level photos taken in urban neighborhoods in order to gauge how

New 3-D chip combines computing and data storage

Advance points toward new generation of computers for coming superstorm of data. by Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — As embedded intelligence is finding its way into ever more areas of our lives, fields ranging from autonomous driving to personalized medicine are generating huge