Facility within MIT.nano offers equipment and capabilities for visualizing data, creating immersive environments.
Jan. 11, 2021 • ~10 min
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Nearly 40% of Facebook posts about the HPV vaccine researchers examined boosted perceived risks. And the data suggests these posts had momentum over time.
Jan. 7, 2021 • ~5 min
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Happy the elephant was denied rights designed for humans – but the legal definition of 'person' is still evolving
Happy has lived alone in captivity for 14 years, but the New York Supreme Court recently denied a legal effort to rehome her.
Jan. 6, 2021 • ~7 min
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The mystery of how the brain creates consciousness still puzzles scientists, but the mechanics of waking up are starting to be understood.
Jan. 4, 2021 • ~6 min
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Seat belts and smoking rates show people eventually adopt healthy behaviors – but it can take time we don't have during a pandemic
Public health recommendations have always been a hard sell. Resistance to new behaviors – like the mask-wearing and social distancing advised during the COVID-19 pandemic – is part of human nature.
Dec. 29, 2020 • ~7 min
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The year’s popular research stories include astronomical firsts, scientific breakthroughs, and engineering milestones addressing Covid-19 and other global problems.
Dec. 22, 2020 • ~5 min
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Thousands of ocean fishing boats could be using forced labor – we used AI and satellite data to find them
Forced labor is a widespread problem in fisheries on the high seas. Between 2012 and 2018, an estimated 100,000 people may have been victims of forced labor on thousands of different boats.
Dec. 21, 2020 • ~8 min
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India's last cheetah was killed 70 years ago. Should the country import a different subspecies from Namibia?
Dec. 18, 2020 • ~6 min
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