MIT students and postdocs advocate for increased federal support of scientific research on Capitol Hill

Students and postdocs from MIT's Science Policy Initiative meet with lawmakers on science-engineering-technology Congressional Visit Days 2022.

Science Policy Initiative • mit
May 12, 2022 ~3 min

A tour of the growing brain, complete with upside-down vision

W.A. Harris talks about his new book, “Zero to Birth: How the Human Brain Is Built,” which illustrates how one cell develops into the complex operational centers that not only make us human, but also individuals.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
May 11, 2022 ~6 min

As mass extinctions loom, these philosophers could help us rediscover our place among other animals

Children are taught to value the lives of other species less, according to a new study.

Clare Mac Cumhaill, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Durham University • conversation
May 10, 2022 ~8 min

Springing people from the poverty trap

Field experiment in Bangladesh shows the poor simply lack opportunities to gain wealth — but a one-time boost can make a major difference.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 10, 2022 ~6 min

MIT to launch new Office of Research Computing and Data

Professor Peter Fisher will lead effort to grow and enhance computing infrastructure and services for MIT’s research community.

Office of the Vice President for Research • mit
May 5, 2022 ~7 min

Why bother with subject-verb agreement?

This aspect of syntax helps us do much more than just build sentences, linguist Shigeru Miyagawa contends.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 3, 2022 ~7 min

At Climate Grand Challenges showcase event, an exploration of how to accelerate breakthrough solutions

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry calls the initiative “classic MIT.”

MIT News Office • mit
April 22, 2022 ~5 min

Empowering people to adapt on the frontlines of climate change

A new platform will unite climate models, impact predictions, random control trial evaluations, and humanitarian services to bring cutting-edge tools to Bangladeshi communities.

Kylie Foy | MIT Lincoln Laboratory • mit
April 19, 2022 ~10 min

In the history lab, delving into the South Asian experience at MIT

Students in 21H.S04 explore stories of students and faculty from South Asia via oral histories and the Institute Archives/Distinctive Collections.

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences • mit
April 19, 2022 ~8 min

How a South African community's request for its genetic data raises questions about ethical and equitable research

The South African Khoe-San communities are no strangers to exploitative research. One research team is trying to provide genetic ancestry results to community members. But they still face many challenges.

Brenna Henn, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Davis • conversation
April 19, 2022 ~13 min