Roads threaten bee movement and pollination

Roads can block bee movement and flower pollination, a new study shows. But relatively simple fixes, such as "road diets," can help.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
May 13, 2021 ~9 min

A dangerous fire season looms as the drought-stricken Western US heads for a water crisis

Drought conditions are so bad, fish hatcheries are trucking their salmon to the ocean and ranchers are worried about having enough water for their livestock.

John Abatzoglou, Associate Professor of Engineering, University of California, Merced • conversation
May 13, 2021 ~8 min

Russia picks team for film shot on International Space Station

An actress and director will blast off in October - but Tom Cruise also plans to visit the ISS.

bbcnews
May 13, 2021 ~4 min

Metal-free battery degrades on demand

A new type of metal-free battery non-toxic and safer across the board. It can also degrade on demand, paving the way for better recycling.

Drew Thompson-Texas A&M • futurity
May 13, 2021 ~5 min

How unjust police killings damage the mental health of Black Americans

Harvard Chan’s David Williams, whose research looks at how discrimination affects Black people’s health, talks about his pioneering work to assess the toll that police killings are having on Black mental health.

Christina Pazzanese • harvard
May 13, 2021 ~16 min

A dangerous fire season looms as the drought-stricken Western U.S. heads for a water crisis

Drought conditions are so bad, fish hatcheries are trucking their salmon to the ocean and ranchers are worried about having enough water for their livestock.

John Abatzoglou, Associate Professor of Engineering, University of California, Merced • conversation
May 13, 2021 ~7 min

Mobilizing the masses, one person at a time

Dissecting the process of recruitment, MIT political science PhD candidate Gabriel Nahmias seeks to lower the barriers to political engagement.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
May 13, 2021 ~8 min

Interface turns handwriting brain signals into text

A brain-computer interface allowed a man with paralysis to create computer text at 90 characters per minute just by thinking about handwriting.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
May 13, 2021 ~7 min

Advance may enable “2D” transistors for tinier microchip components

Atomically thin materials are a promising alternative to silicon-based transistors; now researchers can connect them more efficiently to other chip elements.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 13, 2021 ~6 min

Paper art robot gripper can pick up a grain of sand

The Japapnese art of paper cutting known as kirigami has inspired a robot gripper that can pick up tricky stuff like squishy objects or super small things.

Boston University • futurity
May 13, 2021 ~2 min

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