Neanderthals 'dived in the ocean' for shellfish

Until now, there's been little evidence our evolutionary relatives could swim.

By Paul Rincon | Jan. 15, 2020 | bbcnews
~5 mins   

Tags: italy human-evolution

J-PAL North America seeks partners to research homelessness

Housing Stability Evaluation Incubator will provide funding and technical assistance to help partners build evidence on strategies to reduce and prevent homelessness.

J-PAL North America | Jan. 13, 2020 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: abdul-latif-jameel-poverty-action-lab-j-pal economics poverty research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences housing

In health care, does “hotspotting” make patients better?

Study shows no effect from program intended to reduce repeated hospitalizations by targeting high-cost patients.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Jan. 8, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: health-care research economics aging medicine health abdul-latif-jameel-poverty-action-lab-j-pal national-institutes-of-health-nih sloan-school-of-management school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Evidence in Java says humans and Homo erectus didn’t overlap

Dating sediment from a cave in Java leads scientists to conclude that ancient humans and Homo erectus didn't meet.

U. Queensland | Jan. 6, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology early-humans fossils indonesia

Top MIT research stories of 2019

Most popular stories of the year include science breakthroughs, engineering feats, and confirmation of 16th century architectural genius.

MIT News Office | Jan. 3, 2020 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: research school-of-engineering school-of-science school-of-architecture-and-planning sloan-school-of-management school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Homo erectus: Ancient humans survived longer than we thought

An ancient ancestor of modern humans survived into relatively recent times in South-East Asia.

By Paul Rincon | Dec. 18, 2019 | bbcnews
~7 mins   

Tags: geology indonesia human-evolution fossils

A closer look at the diabetes disaster

In a new book, Amy Moran-Thomas examines how diabetes is reaching epidemic levels in countries across the world.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Dec. 17, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences anthropology latin-america health medicine health-science-and-technology books-and-authors research developing-countries

New health insurance insights

MIT economists analyze how patients and health care providers value Medicaid.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Dec. 15, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences economics health medicine national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf health-care research

DNA may hold clues to extinct animal lifespan

Scientists calculate the lifespans of long-lost species, including ancient human relatives.

By Helen Briggs | Dec. 12, 2019 | bbcnews
~2 mins   

Tags: animals whales human-evolution

Did disease buy time before Neanderthal extinction?

A new theory about Neanderthal extinction points to disease transmission as the culprit—both for their end, and for why it came about so slowly.

Ker Than-Stanford | Nov. 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture early-humans extinction immune-systems neanderthals

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