Despite its flaws, the system does protect inventors against big companies who might usurp their ideas.
From coal mining to computer networks, sometimes the bathwater is worth more than the baby.
Straight from the lab: technology's first draft
An MIT-based consortium is helping ensure that future cars have all the electrical power they need for features galore.
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There are leaner times ahead for departments relying on the endowment, but the Institute's finances remain strong.
Quirky customs reflect the Institute's character and culture.
For years we've tolerated buggy, bloated, badly organized computer programs. But soon, we'll innovate, litigate and regulate them into reliability.
They don't have fancy 3-D graphics, but video games for handheld devices stand poised to capture a huge U.S. market. Why? Because we all have to wait.