Data flow’s decisive role on the global stage

New research by political science PhD candidate Meicen Sun illuminates the broad economic and political impacts of internet restrictions.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Sept. 21, 2021 ~8 min

New views of autocracy emerge from historic archives

Political science PhD student Emilia Simison has found that despotic regimes vary, and the move to democracy doesn’t necessarily guarantee policy change.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Sept. 17, 2021 ~8 min

Study: As a population gets older, automation accelerates

Economists find companies’ adoption of robots is partly due to shortages in middle-aged labor.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 15, 2021 ~7 min

We discovered the earliest prehistoric art is hand prints made by children

Prehistoric hand and footprints analysed by a team of researchers are an early example of art.

Sally Christine Reynolds, Principal Academic in Hominin Palaeoecology, Bournemouth University • conversation
Sept. 14, 2021 ~5 min

Comparing seniors who relocate long-distance shows where you live affects your longevity

Analysis of Medicare data finds location matters, not just past health behavior.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 1, 2021 ~9 min

Social media messages from health care workers help reduce travel-related Covid-19 spread

Large-scale video campaign allowed physicians and public health messengers to encourage staying home over the 2020 holidays.

J-PAL North America • mit
Aug. 23, 2021 ~4 min

How a volcano and flaming red sunsets led an amateur scientist in Hawaii to discover jet streams

The Rev. Sereno Edwards Bishop mobilized ship captains to track the extraordinary sunsets appearing around the world after Krakatau erupted in 1883.

Kevin Hamilton, Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Hawaii • conversation
Aug. 16, 2021 ~7 min

COVID messages from doctors change behavior across racial lines

A new study found that COVID-19 messages tailored to Black audiences and presented by physicians of color did not enhance the effectiveness for minority participants.

Nikki Rojas • harvard
Aug. 10, 2021 ~5 min

Considering the spiderweb

After nearly a decade, an interdisciplinary collaboration to model a 3D spider web leads to many surprising results.

Anya Ventura | Center for Art, Science, and Technology • mit
Aug. 10, 2021 ~13 min

Making voting easier for previously incarcerated people

People rarely vote after being incarcerated. Associate Professor Ariel White wonders what can be done about it.

Will Sullivan | MIT Governance Lab • mit
Aug. 2, 2021 ~7 min