Comparing primate vocalizations

Study shows Old World monkeys combine items in speech — but only two and never more, unlike humans.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Sept. 3, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences linguistics evolution biology animals research

Harvard study: Artificial neural networks could be used to provide insight into biological systems

Martin Haesemeyer set out to build an artificial neural network that worked differently than fish’s brains, but what he got was a system that almost perfectly mimicked the zebrafish — and that could be a powerful tool for understanding biology.

Peter Reuell | Aug. 27, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology artificial-neural-network biological-neural-network biology deep-learning faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas haesemeyer harvard heat heat-gradient learning-algorithm martin-haesemeyer neural-network neuron peter-reuell reuell whole-brain-imaging zebrafish

Like humans, crows are more optimistic after making tools to solve a problem

A new paper, co-authored by Dakota McCoy, a graduate student working in the lab of George Putnam Professor of Biology David Haig, suggests that, after using tools, crows were more optimistic.

Peter Reuell | Aug. 22, 2019 | harvard
~7 mins   

Tags: science-technology animal-emotion animal-intelligence birds crows current-biology dakota-mccoy faculty-of-arts-and-sciences fas harvard mccoy new-caledonian-crows optimism pessimism peter-reuell reuell smart

Study links certain metabolites to stem cell function in the intestine

Molecules called ketone bodies may improve stem cells’ ability to regenerate new intestinal tissue.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Aug. 22, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research biology disease stem-cells food cancer koch-institute school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

What is 'blobology' and how is it transforming biology?

Spectacular images from a new microscope spark a "revolution" in biology

By Pallab Ghosh | Aug. 21, 2019
~6 mins |

Tags:  biology

AI used to test evolution’s oldest mathematical model

Researchers have used artificial intelligence to make new discoveries, and confirm old ones, about one of nature’s best-known mimics, opening up whole new directions of research in evolutionary biology.

Cambridge University News | Aug. 14, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: evolution biology butterfly

Harvard undergrad Michael Chen works at the corner of med and tech

Undergraduate Michael Chen, who created an extraordinary program to help treat TB, also works with a student program to treat ordinary patients.

Jill Radsken | Aug. 9, 2019 | harvard
~5 mins   

Tags: health-medicine andrew-beam applied-math biology biomedical-informatics-lab crimson-care-collaborative fas hms isaac-kohane jill-radsken maha-farhat medical-technology michael-chen sean-eddy tuberculosis

An emerging view of RNA transcription and splicing

Whitehead Institute scientists find chemical modification contributes to trafficking between non-membrane-bound compartments that control gene expression.

Nicole Davis | Whitehead Institute | Aug. 9, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute biology school-of-science genetics research rna dna


How brain cells pick which connections to keep

Novel study shows protein CPG15 acts as a molecular proxy of experience to mark synapses for stabilization.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory | Aug. 6, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: picower-institute brain-and-cognitive-sciences school-of-science neuroscience memory biology research proteins

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