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#OTD In 1914: the beaver was chosen MIT's mascot because of its remarkable engineering and mechanical skill and its habits of industry. Watch to learn more: [ Youtu.be Link ]
Today we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. #MLKDay
“The whole goal of my life is to fix all the people problems. I sincerely think that the biggest problems we have are how we deal with each other, and how we treat each other.”

Creating “big, beautiful things”

When it comes to perceiving music, the human brain is much more tuned in to certain types of rhythms than others, according to a new study from MIT.

How the brain perceives rhythm

MIT President L. Rafael Reif spoke with the BBC News on climate change, the importance of scientific research, and “a desire to impact society in a positive way” through innovation. Listen: [ Mitsha.re Link ] #MITBetterWorld
At MIT, we focus on inventing the future. #MITBetterWorld

The MIT Campaign for a Better World

The MIT Mystery Hunt begins today! The goal: Solve puzzles to find a coin hidden on campus. Learn more: [ Mitsha.re Link ]
London is home to a significant cohort of MIT alumni who are deeply engaged in the MIT mission “to make inspiring progress for the world,” in the words of President L. Rafael Reif, who will soon be visiting London for the next #MITBetterWorld campaign event, which takes place on Jan. 13.

MIT in London

Research from the MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences found that certain greenhouse gases can cause sea levels to rise for hundreds of years after the pollutants have been cleared from the atmosphere.

Short-lived greenhouse gases cause centuries of sea-level rise

Students in MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative S-Lab are tasked with researching sustainability strategies for real corporations and not-for-profits. #MITBetterWorld

Image: Irene Ruiz

Sustainability in Action | MIT Spectrum

With the MIT Media Lab as a founding anchor member, a new Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Fund will support work around the world that advances the development of artificial intelligence in the public interest.

MIT Media Lab to participate in $27 million initiative on AI ethics and governance

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in an address at MIT that the effort to limit climate change was a dire “race against time,” but one that could be successful due to the economic promise of renewable energy.

John Kerry: Climate drive an urgent “race against time”

MIT chemical engineers have built three-dimensional arrays of antibodies that could be used as sensors to diagnose diseases such as malaria or tuberculosis.

3-D antibody arrays offer better sensing

Today is the first day of MIT's Independent Activities Period. What happens during IAP? Watch and learn!

Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT
The art of hand lettering is still practiced at MIT.

Video: Lillie Paquette/MIT School of Engineering
The Treepedia project out of the MIT Senseable City Lab maps out and ranks urban canopies in major cities across the world.

Toronto ranked among the world's best for tree canopy, but experts say more work needed

Researchers in the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have designed one of the strongest, lightest materials known. Learn more: [ Mitsha.re Link ]

Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT