In Down syndrome cells, genome-wide disruptions mimic a senescence-like state

Extra chromosome alters chromosomal conformation and DNA accessibility in neural progenitor cells, disrupting gene transcription and cell functions much like in cellular aging.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute • mit
Jan. 10, 2022 ~7 min

Method for delivering immune system-stimulating drugs may enhance cancer immunotherapy

The targeted approach eliminated tumors in mice, with minimal side effects.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 10, 2022 ~6 min


Understanding how squid eyes are made

Harvard researchers shed new light on squid eye development and convergent evolution.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Jan. 7, 2022 ~5 min

When endangered species recover, humans may need to make room for them – and it's not always easy

It’s usually good news when a once-scarce species starts to recover – unless it starts getting in humans’ way. An ecologist explains how science can help predict unwelcome encounters.

Veronica Frans, PhD Student, Michigan State University • conversation
Jan. 6, 2022 ~9 min

Chalk streams: why 'England's rainforests' are so rare and precious

A staggering 85% of the world’s chalk streams are found in England.

Tim Sykes, PhD Candidate in Environmental Biosciences, University of Southampton • conversation
Jan. 2, 2022 ~6 min

Listening to the ocean reveals a hidden world – and how we might save it

The ocean is naturally noisy. Here’s what all the buzz is about.

Iain Barber, Deputy Dean, School of Animal, Rural & Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Dec. 31, 2021 ~7 min

E.O. Wilson's lifelong passion for ants helped him teach humans about how to live sustainably with nature

E.O. Wilson was one of the world’s leading experts on ants, but his other passion was convincing humans to see themselves as part of the natural world.

Doug Tallamy, Professor of Entomology, University of Delaware • conversation
Dec. 27, 2021 ~8 min

From a lifelong passion for ants, E.O. Wilson guided humanity to think of sustainability

E.O. Wilson was one of the world’s leading experts on ants, but his other passion was convincing humans to see themselves as part of the natural world.

Doug Tallamy, Professor of Entomology, University of Delaware • conversation
Dec. 27, 2021 ~8 min


COVID: how the disease moves through the air

Masks definitely catch some of the virus laden aerosols and droplets - and that will reduce transmission between people and the number of cases of COVID-19.

Chris Iddon, Research associate, Built environment, University of Nottingham • conversation
Dec. 17, 2021 ~7 min

Octopus, crabs and lobsters feel pain - this is how we found out

Octopus, crabs, prawns demonstrate clear signs of emotion, such as pain and ‘anxiety-like’ behaviour.

Jonathan Birch, Associate Professor of Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Science • conversation
Dec. 16, 2021 ~7 min

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