New clean air and water labs to bring together researchers, policymakers to find climate solutions

Labs in Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia will be led by J-PAL with support from Community Jameel.

Sarah DiCioccio | Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) • mit
Aug. 29, 2023 ~5 min

Indigenous peoples still face effects of mass bison slaughter

Indigenous peoples are still feeling the economic shock of the mass slaughter of North American bison in the late 1800s, a new study shows.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Aug. 24, 2023 ~10 min

Artificial intelligence for augmentation and productivity

The MIT Schwarzman College of Computing awards seed grants to seven interdisciplinary projects exploring AI-augmented management.

MIT Schwarzman College of Computing • mit
Aug. 18, 2023 ~6 min

Climate change is making debt more expensive – new study

The first ‘climate-smart’ sovereign credit rating shows 59 nations will have lower ratings before 2030 without emissions cuts.

Matt Burke, WTW Research Fellow, University of Oxford • conversation
Aug. 18, 2023 ~7 min

New data reveal US space economy's output is shrinking – an economist explains in 3 charts

With commercial space tourism on the rise and NASA planning to return to the Moon, you might think the US space economy is booming – but the data paints a more complex picture.

Jay L. Zagorsky, Clinical Associate Professor of Markets, Public Policy and Law, Boston University • conversation
Aug. 16, 2023 ~8 min

A new vision for U.S. health care

In her latest book, “We’ve Got You Covered,” Amy Finkelstein prescribes a complete overhaul of our health insurance system.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
July 25, 2023 ~10 min

Just in time for back-to-school shopping: How retailers can alter customer behavior to encourage more sustainable returns

Returns cost companies billions of dollars in lost sales. They also generate emissions and packaging waste. Two logistics experts offer some tips from psychology for more sustainable returns.

Robert Overstreet, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, Iowa State University • conversation
July 19, 2023 ~9 min

Study finds ChatGPT boosts worker productivity for some writing tasks

A new report by MIT researchers highlights the potential of generative AI to help workers with certain writing assignments.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
July 14, 2023 ~7 min

Weather forecast accuracy is crucial in a heat wave – 1 degree can mean the difference between life and death

Three economists looked at years of temperature and death data and calculated the costs when forecasts miss the mark.

Laura Bakkensen, Associate Professor of Economics and Policy, University of Arizona • conversation
July 13, 2023 ~7 min

How an “AI-tocracy” emerges

In China, the use of AI-driven facial recognition helps the regime repress dissent while enhancing the technology, researchers report.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
July 13, 2023 ~8 min