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.

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Study links piano education with better word discrimination by kindergartners.

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Wireless system can power devices inside the body

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

MIT researchers, working with scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have developed a new way to power and communicate with devices implanted deep within the human body. Image: courtesy of the researchers
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New technology could enable remote control of drug delivery, sensing, and other medical applications.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office 
June 4, 2018

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Ingestible “bacteria on a chip” could help diagnose disease

Ultra-low-power sensors carrying genetically engineered bacteria can detect gastric bleeding.

Bacteria engineered to detect specific molecules are placed in four wells on the custom-designed sensor, which is attached to a microprocessor that converts the sensory information to a wireless signal. Image: Melanie Gonick/MIT
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Ultra-low-power sensors carrying genetically engineered bacteria can detect gastric bleeding.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office 
May 24, 2018

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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.

Children's ability to learn a new language to native-level is much stronger than you think.
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Study shows children remain adept learners until the age of 17 or 18.

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