The world's top 10 research universities

A new ranking recognizes the best educational institutions.

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1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This private research institution was founded in 1861 in response to increasing United States industrialization. The founders stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering to meet modern industry demands.

It seems the founders were right on the money. Today, the university boasts 81 Nobel laureates, 45 Rhodes Scholars and 34 astronauts. That's right, astronauts. Forget top research institutions of the world: MIT's on a galactic level.

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory developed an algorithm to make domestic robots better at identifying identifying “objects in cluttered environments” such as the interior of a home. Yup, they're bringing us robot servants.

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