Teeth of fallen soldiers hold evidence that foreigners fought alongside ancient Greeks, challenging millennia of military history

Are the descriptions of war passed down by ancient historians accurate? A site in Sicily provided a rare chance to fact-check stories told about two battles from more than 2,400 years ago.

Katherine Reinberger, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, University of Georgia • conversation
yesterday ~10 min

Biologists discover a trigger for cell extrusion

Study suggests this process for eliminating unneeded cells may also protect against cancer.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 5, 2021 ~7 min

Watching a coral reef die as climate change devastates one of the most pristine tropical island areas on Earth

Scientists watched in real time as rising ocean heat transformed the sprawling reef. It was a harbinger for ecosystems everywhere as the planet warms.

Sam Purkis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Miami • conversation
April 29, 2021 ~9 min

One incredible ocean crossing may have made human evolution possible

Given tens of millions of years, wildly improbable events – like primates crossing oceans – are almost a given.

Nicholas R. Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Paleontology, University of Bath • conversation
April 29, 2021 ~10 min

Lab–grown embryos and human–monkey hybrids: Medical marvels or ethical missteps?

Researchers have grown the first human-monkey hybrid embryos as well as mouse embryos in artificial wombs late into development. These biomedical breakthroughs raise different ethical quandaries.

Sahotra Sarkar, Professor of Philosophy and Integrative Biology, The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts • conversation
April 22, 2021 ~9 min

Cancer cells soften as they metastasize, study suggests

Developing drugs that prevent this softening might impede tumors’ ability to spread.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 20, 2021 ~6 min

New tool developed to study ‘undruggable’ proteins

Researchers at Harvard have designed new, highly selective tools that can add or remove sugars from a protein with no off-target effects, to examine exactly what the sugars are doing and engineer them into new treatments for “undruggable” proteins.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
April 16, 2021 ~7 min

An on-off switch for gene editing

New, reversible CRISPR method can control gene expression while leaving underlying DNA sequence unchanged.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
April 14, 2021 ~9 min

Norfolk's 'unique' purple sea sponge named by schoolgirl

The sponge species was unnamed for a decade before nine-year-old Sylvie suggested Parpal Dumplin.

April 13, 2021 ~1 min

How colonialism transformed foxgloves – and why hummingbirds might have had a role

We studied how foxgloves taken to the Americas less than 200 years ago have changed compared to natives in Europe.

Maria Clara Castellanos, Lecturer in Evolution, Behaviour and Environment, University of Sussex • conversation
April 13, 2021 ~6 min