What does it take to win the Nobel prize? Being smart helps. Being associated with MIT is another plus. Over 50 current or former members of the MIT community have won the Nobel prize—including H. Robert Horvitz, who shared the Nobel prize in physiology in 2002. Eight members of the MIT community won prizes in 2001, in five different fields. In all, 22 professors, 23 alumni, 13 researchers, and one staff physician have won Nobel Prizes. Eleven of them are currently associated with MIT. The lion's share (25) of awards have been in physics, followed by economics (11), and chemistry (10).
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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