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Sound waves reveal diamond cache deep in Earth’s interior

MIT researchers find that 1–2 percent of Earth’s oldest mantle rocks are made from diamond. \r\n\r\n

How music lessons can improve language skills

A new study from MIT has found that piano lessons have a very specific effect on kindergartners’ ability to distinguish different pitches, which translates into an improvement in discriminating between spoken words.

Wireless system can power devices inside the body

New technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications.

Cognitive scientists define critical period for learning language

A new study performed at MIT suggests that children remain very skilled at learning the grammar of a new language much longer than expected.

Machine-learning system processes sounds like humans do

Using a machine-learning system known as a deep neural network, MIT researchers have created the first model that can identify a musical genre just like a human would.

Astronomers detect earliest evidence yet of hydrogen in the universe

The scientists have traced the signals to just 180 million years after the Big Bang, making the detection the earliest evidence of hydrogen yet observed.

Distinctive brain pattern helps habits form

Want to work out more? Eat more healthily? Quit smoking? These neurons control the fate of your habits.

New drug capsule may allow weekly HIV treatment

This new pill could make it easier for people to stick to the treatment. 

Engineers Create Plants That Glow

Illumination from nanobionic plants might one day replace some electrical lighting.