Beyond flora and fauna: Why it's time to include fungi in global conservation goals

Fungi underpin life on Earth, but are far less well catalogued and understood than animals and plants. Three scientists call for including fungi in conservation strategies and environmental laws.

Patricia Kaishian, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology, Bard College • conversation
May 17, 2022 ~10 min

MIT students and postdocs advocate for increased federal support of scientific research on Capitol Hill

Students and postdocs from MIT's Science Policy Initiative meet with lawmakers on science-engineering-technology Congressional Visit Days 2022.

Science Policy Initiative • mit
May 12, 2022 ~3 min

Beyond honey: 4 essential reads about bees

Bees offer insights into many scientific questions, from cooperating in close quarters to strategies for finding food.

Jennifer Weeks, Senior Environment + Energy Editor, The Conversation • conversation
May 11, 2022 ~7 min

Study finds cells take out the trash before they divide

Cells may use this strategy to clear out toxic byproducts and give their offspring a clean slate.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 10, 2022 ~7 min

What does an octopus eat? For a creature with a brain in each arm, whatever's within reach

With nine brains, blue blood and a talent for camouflage, the octopus is one of the most fascinating creatures in the sea.

Yannis Papastamatiou, Professor of Biological Sciences, Florida International University • conversation
May 9, 2022 ~6 min

Nonprofit drugmaker Civica Rx is taking aim at the high insulin prices harming people with diabetes

About 1 in 4 Americans with diabetes who need insulin struggle to pay for this lifesaving drug.

Jing Luo, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences • conversation
May 9, 2022 ~7 min

Tracing a cancer’s family tree to its roots reveals how tumors grow

Family trees of lung cancer cells reveal how cancer evolves from its earliest stages to an aggressive form capable of spreading throughout the body.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute • mit
May 5, 2022 ~9 min

A single memory is stored across many connected brain regions

Innovative brain-wide mapping study shows that an “engram,” the ensemble of neurons encoding a memory, is widely distributed and includes regions not previously realized.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
May 2, 2022 ~9 min

From seawater to drinking water, with the push of a button

Researchers build a portable desalination unit that generates clear, clean drinking water without the need for filters or high-pressure pumps.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
April 28, 2022 ~7 min

Using plant biology to address climate change

A Climate Grand Challenges flagship project aims to reduce agriculture-driven emissions while making food crop plants heartier and more nutritious.

Merrill Meadow | Whitehead Institute • mit
April 19, 2022 ~9 min