Power struggles in nature can be more subtle, nuanced and strategic than just dog-eat-dog

Life can be a struggle for power – not just for people but for nonhuman animals, too. An animal behaviorist explains how this quest can be more Shakespearean drama than boxing match.

Lee Alan Dugatkin, Professor of Biology and Distinguished Arts and Science Scholar, University of Louisville • conversation
today ~7 min

Deep sea reefs are spectacular and barely-explored – they must be conserved

Considered too deep for most reef biologists, and too shallow for deep-sea researchers, most deep reefs are unprotected.

Paris Stefanoudis, Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford • conversation
Jan. 25, 2023 ~7 min

Fossil teeth reveal how brains developed in utero over millions of years of human evolution – new research

Using a new equation based on today’s primates, scientists can take a few molar teeth from an extinct fossil species and reconstruct exactly how fast their offspring grew during gestation.

Tesla Monson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Western Washington University • conversation
Jan. 25, 2023 ~9 min

How we cracked the mystery of Australia's prehistoric giant eggs

A puzzle over the identity of an extinct bird that laid eggs across Australia has been solved.

Gifford Miller, Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Jan. 24, 2023 ~8 min

Fresh insights into inflammation, aging brains

Harvard scientists’ research on mice suggests chain reaction may be involved in the brain's aging process.

Clea Simon • harvard
Jan. 17, 2023 ~7 min

Enzyme “atlas” helps researchers decipher cellular pathways

Biologists have mapped out more than 300 protein kinases and their targets, which they hope could yield new leads for cancer drugs.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 11, 2023 ~7 min

Triggering cancer cells to become normal cells – how stem cell therapies can provide new ways to stop tumors from spreading or growing back

Many tumors have cancer stem cells that help them grow and evade treatments. Differentiation therapy forces these cells to mature, stopping growth with less toxicity than traditional treatments.

Abhimanyu Thakur, Postdoctoral Scholar in Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering • conversation
Jan. 11, 2023 ~7 min

Invasive rats are changing fish behaviour on coral reefs – new study

Rats are disrupting the flow of nutrients towards the sea on many tropical islands – this has consequences for fish behaviour and the wider ecosystem.

Rachel Gunn, Postdoctoral researcher in the Animal Evolutionary Ecology, University of Tübingen • conversation
Jan. 9, 2023 ~7 min

Visualizing the inside of cells at previously impossible resolutions provides vivid insights into how they work

Many microscopy techniques have won Nobel Prizes over the years. Advancements like cryo-ET that allow scientists to see the individual atoms of cells can reveal their biological functions.

Jeremy Berg, Professor of Computational and Systems Biology, Associate Senior Vice Chancellor for Science Strategy and Planning, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Jan. 6, 2023 ~7 min

New MIT internships expand research opportunities in Africa

University placements through MISTI aim to help grow the African research ecosystem.

Kristen Wilcox | Office of the Associate Provost for International Activities • mit
Jan. 5, 2023 ~6 min