Overcoming a bottleneck in carbon dioxide conversion

Study reveals why some attempts to convert the greenhouse gas into fuel have failed, and offers possible solutions.

David Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 11, 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

A dirt cheap solution? Common clay materials may help curb methane emissions

With special treatment, minerals called zeolites — commonly found in cat litter — can efficiently remove the greenhouse gas from the air, researchers report.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 10, 2022 ~9 min

The promise of repairing bones and tendons with human-made materials

A biomedical engineer explains how human-made materials inserted in the body hold hope to repair painful injuries more efficiently than bone grafts.

Brittany Taylor, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida • conversation
Jan. 4, 2022 ~7 min

Future engineers need to understand their work's human impact – here's how my classes prepare students to tackle problems like climate change

Solving mathematical equations is only part of the job. Students should be spending more time thinking about the human dimensions of the problems they are trying to solve.

Gordon D. Hoople, Assistant Professor of Engineering, University of San Diego • conversation
Jan. 4, 2022 ~8 min

Predator interactions chiefly determine where Prochlorococcus thrive

New findings may help researchers hone predictions for where phytoplankton will migrate with climate change.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 3, 2022 ~7 min

Scientists build new atlas of ocean’s oxygen-starved waters

The 3D maps may help researchers track and predict the ocean’s response to climate change.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 27, 2021 ~7 min

MIT in the media: 2021 in review

MIT community members made headlines around the world for their innovative approaches to addressing problems local and global.

MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 22, 2021 ~21 min

MIT’s top research stories of 2021

The year’s popular research stories include a promising new approach to cancer immunotherapy, the confirmation of a 50-year-old theorem, and a major fusion breakthrough.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 22, 2021 ~5 min

Mechanical forces in a beating heart affect its cells' DNA, with implications for development and disease

Heart disease can change the genetic structure of heart cells. Understanding the role that mechanical forces play in these changes could lead to improvements in artificial tissue design.

Corey Neu, Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Dec. 21, 2021 ~5 min