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The Modern X-Ray’s Lightbulb Moment

The course of medicine was transformed in 1913, when MIT-educated William Coolidge developed a better, safer x-ray tube. Trained as a physicist, he reached this breakthrough by way of his work with lightbulbs. After earning his undergraduate degree in 1896 from MIT (then known as The Tech), Coolidge traveled to Germany to complete his doctorate. [...]
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Getting the salt out

Study shows electrodialysis can provide cost-effective treatment of salty water from fracked wells.
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MIT News Office

Bilge Yildiz digs deep into surfaces of matter

Research on how surfaces respond under extreme conditions lead to energy advances.
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The Tech

ASE pass rates up for most GIRs, especially biology

By Czarina Lao The Advance Standing Exam (ASE) takers, mostly students from the Class of 2018, generally did well on the tests during orientation this year, garnering an overall pass rate of 54.9 percent. This pass rate is slightly higher than last year’s 54.2 percent and 52-53 percent in recent years.
The Tech
The Tech

Close races mark freshman elections

By Drew BentSTAFF REPORTER The Undergraduate Association released the results of the 2018 Class Council elections in an email sent to all freshmen on Friday. The class elected Colin O. Webb ’18 as president and Daysi N. Gomez ’18 as vice president.
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The Tech

More mental health visits

By Rohan BanerjeeSTAFF REPORTER In the wake of recent campus deaths, students have been seeking mental health services in greater numbers, part of a general increase in mental health-related visits over the last five years, according to Alan E. Siegel, Chief of MIT’s Mental Health Service.
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Are We Ready to Live on Mars? MIT Study Says Not Yet

According to a new analysis by a team of MIT engineers, the Mars One plan to send humans on a one-way trip to Mars is doomed to failure. Mars One, a nonprofit organization, aims to send four people to begin colonizing the Red Planet using existing technology by 2024. According to its plan, additional teams [...]
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MIT Spectrum

A Letter from the President

In the distant future, the 20th century may be best remembered as the time that human beings set foot on the moon. The discovery of that new world depended on guidance — inertial and otherwise — from MIT, and as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the moon landing [...]
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Elon Musk, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins Will Be at MIT This Week

(Members of Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin) When the oldest university aerospace program in the country turns 100, the second man on the moon and the founder of SpaceX, Tesla and PayPal come out to...
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3 Questions: The launch of the MIT Climate Change Conversation

New committee aims to catalyze community discussion on how MIT can help address climate change.
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Ebola Derangement Syndrome…Some Context

As of October 5  — the period covered by the World Health Organization’s latest Ebola Situation Report [PDF]  — there have been 8,033 cases of Ebola identified, with 3,879 deaths.  The one US Ebola death isn’t in that total yet — it will show up in next week’s report. Using 2011 numbers (I can’t dig up more recent […]
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The Inverse Square

Girls Just Want To Have Fun — China “Red Princess” Edition

I’ve not commented at all about Hong Kong and the umbrella protests because I don’t know enough to add anything to what much more informed people have saying.  As noted in Anne Laurie’s post this morning, old China hand Jim Fallows has been tracking the story closely, and has been writing himself and keeping tabs on other smart takes […]
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