Aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover, MOXIE creates oxygen on Mars

Thanks to an MIT-designed instrument, a NASA mission has produced oxygen on another planet for the first time.

Nancy Kotary | Sara Cody | Haystack Observatory | Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics • mit
yesterday ~3 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

Electric cars could make the roads safer – here's how

Electric vehicles can have more than one source of power, meaning they can be controlled better.

Basilio Lenzo, Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University • conversation
April 20, 2021 ~7 min

Mars: how Ingenuity helicopter made the first flight on another planet

The maiden flight of Mars helicopter was a significant advance in propulsion technology.

Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University • conversation
April 19, 2021 ~7 min

Toward deep-learning models that can reason about code more like humans

Researchers propose a method for finding and fixing weaknesses in automated programming tools.

Kim Martineau | MIT Quest for Intelligence • mit
April 15, 2021 ~6 min

A method to assess Covid-19 transmission risks in indoor settings

MIT researchers have developed a publicly available model based on physics and data from past spreading events.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 15, 2021 ~10 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

One-stop machine learning platform turns health care data into insights

Cardea software system aims to bring the power of prediction to hospitals by streamlining complex machine learning processes.

MIT Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems • mit
April 9, 2021 ~7 min

A safer way to deploy bacteria as environmental sensors

Encapsulating modified bacteria in tough hydrogel spheres prevents them from spreading genes to other microbes.

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

Study reveals uncertainty in how much carbon the ocean absorbs over time

Climate projections could be off by five years, researchers find.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 5, 2021 ~7 min