Sea otters demonstrate that there is more to muscle than just movement – it can also bring the heat

New research finds that ‘leaky mitochondria’ help keep sea otters warm.

Randall Davis, Regents Professor, Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University • conversation
today ~7 min

Charting changes in a pathogen's genome yields clues about its past and hints about its future

After a nose swab tests positive for a virus or bacteria, scientists can use the sample’s genetic sequence to figure out where and when the pathogen emerged and how fast it’s changing.

Sarah Nadeau, PhD Student in Computational Evolution, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich • conversation
yesterday ~10 min

Sea lion whiskers can move like human fingertips: here's how we found out

Lo, a California sea lion, was able to control what she perceives using her whiskers — a highly cognitive skill.

Robyn Grant, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Physiology & Behaviour, Manchester Metropolitan University • conversation
Nov. 25, 2021 ~6 min

How molecular clusters in the nucleus interact with chromosomes

A new study finds the clusters form small, stable droplets and may give the genome a gel-like structure.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 24, 2021 ~6 min

Peeking into a chrysalis, videos reveal growth of butterfly wing scales

The findings could inform the design of new materials such as iridescent windows or waterproof textiles.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 22, 2021 ~8 min

Investigating pathogens and their life cycles, for the benefit of society

Senior Desmond Edwards has an insatiable curiosity about how the human body works — and how diseases stop it from working.

Leah Campbell | School of Science • mit
Nov. 21, 2021 ~9 min

A stealthy way to combat tumors

MIT biologists show that helper immune cells disguised as cancer cells can help rejuvenate T cells that attack tumors.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 19, 2021 ~6 min

Dogs and TV: here's what we know about how they respond

How to use TV and other tools to help dogs who suffer from anxiety or spend a lot of time at home alone.

Jacqueline Boyd, Senior Lecturer in Animal Science, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Nov. 19, 2021 ~7 min

Birds' feeding habits are affected by their personality and self-control – new research

We discovered that the ability to be flexible and change behaviour in certain circumstances is just as important for birds as people.

Jenny Coomes, PhD Candidate, Biological Sciences, University College Cork • conversation
Nov. 16, 2021 ~7 min

New program deciphers genetic code of genome sequences

Harvard researcher develops program to read any genome sequence and decipher its genetic code.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Nov. 15, 2021 ~5 min