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Dale Mortensen shared the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economics for developing innovative methods to analyse unemployment and labour markets. He started out by wanting to know why some people remained unemployed when businesses had jobs they could not fill, and he wondered why similar jobs could have significantly different salaries.

Edward Snowden speaking during his dinner with a group of four retired US ex-intelligence workers and activists at a luxurious room in an unidentified location.

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Documents leaked by Edward Snowden allegedly reveal the US agency's plans

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Scientists 'bind photons together' to create new state of matter comparable to lightsabers

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Where did the world's top CEOs go to university?

With the QS World University Rankings released today, current, former and would-be students have been scouring the list to see if their university has made the cut.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a strong emphasis on science, engineering and technological education and research. Founded 1861.

So why is MIT number one in the world university rankings?

It’s topped the world university rankings for the second year running, but what gives Massachusetts Institute of Technology the wow factor?

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a strong emphasis on science, engineering and technological education and research. Founded 1861.

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reportedly used a Lavabit account to tell human rights campaigners about the Moscow airport press conference last month

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Scientists have successfully implanted false memories into mice

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Scientists manipulate brains of mice to make them think fake event really occurred

Bose: 'I never went into business to make money'

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Dr Bose’s legacy: the real sound of music

It was a disappointing stereo that started off Amar Bose. When he bought it in the 1950s, Dr Bose – at the time a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), near Boston – was frustrated to find the sound quality was a pale comparison to listening to live music.

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