Microscopy technique makes finer images of deeper tissue, more quickly

Researchers could rapidly obtain high-resolution images of blood vessels and neurons within the brain.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 7, 2021 ~6 min

We solved the mystery of why some fish are warm-blooded

Warm-blooded fish can swim 1.6 times faster than their cold-blooded relatives.

Lucy Harding, PhD Candidate in Fish Physiology, Trinity College Dublin • conversation
July 5, 2021 ~4 min

Synthetic biology circuits can respond within seconds

MIT engineers design the first synthetic circuit that consists entirely of fast, reversible protein-protein interactions.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 1, 2021 ~7 min

3 Questions: Anna Jagielska on printing artificial axons

How 3D-printed models of neuronal axons could accelerate development of new therapies to treat neurodegenerative disorders.

Shirley Goh | Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation • mit
June 29, 2021 ~7 min

Trees are dying of thirst in the Western drought – here’s what’s going on inside their veins

Without enough water, trees can develop embolisms, similar to blockages in human blood vessels, and they’re more likely to die from drought or fires.

Raquel Partelli Feltrin, Postdoctoral Scholar in Botany, University of British Columbia • conversation
June 29, 2021 ~6 min

New face mask prototype can detect Covid-19 infection

The sensor technology could also be used to create clothing that detects a variety of pathogens and other threats.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 28, 2021 ~8 min

Engineered yeast could expand biofuels’ reach

By making the microbes more tolerant to toxic byproducts, researchers show they can use a wider range of feedstocks, beyond corn.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 25, 2021 ~7 min

Researchers create atlas of developing mouse brain

Researchers at Harvard University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have created a detailed atlas of a critical region of the developing mouse brain, applying multiple advanced genomic technologies to the part of the cerebral cortex that is responsible for processing sensation from the body.

Jessica Lau • harvard
June 24, 2021 ~7 min

Research that shines light on how cells recover from threats may lead to new insights into Alzheimer's and ALS

Insight on how a unique protein plays a role in cellular stress responses may provide more clues on how to treat diseases like ALS and Alzheimer's.

Brian Andrew Maxwell, Scientist in Cell Biology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences • conversation
June 24, 2021 ~5 min

Smelling in stereo – the real reason snakes have flicking, forked tongues

Two tongue tips are better than one – an evolutionary biologist explains why snakes have forked tongues.

Kurt Schwenk, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut • conversation
June 16, 2021 ~7 min