The unexpected origins of a modern finance tool

Discounting calculations are ubiquitous today — thanks partly to the English clergy who spread them amid turmoil in the 1600s, an MIT scholar shows.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
June 6, 2024 ~9 min

Exotic black holes could be a byproduct of dark matter

In the first quintillionth of a second, the universe may have sprouted microscopic black holes with enormous amounts of nuclear charge, MIT physicists propose.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
June 6, 2024 ~8 min

Mouth-based touchpad enables people living with paralysis to interact with computers

The startup Augmental allows users to operate phones and other devices using their tongue, mouth, and head gestures.

Zach Winn | MIT News • mit
June 5, 2024 ~8 min

All in the family

New studies show that caste and ethnic identity play an outsize role in how business interacts with government in developing countries.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
June 4, 2024 ~9 min

A modest intervention that helps low-income families beat the poverty trap

Letting people work with a “navigator” dramatically increases how often they move to higher-opportunity neighborhoods.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
May 28, 2024 ~10 min

In international relations, it’s the message, not the medium

Research surveys show warnings issued by world leaders are taken equally seriously whether issued on social media or through formal statements.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
May 28, 2024 ~6 min

Pets give companionship, cuddles and joy – and also unavoidable stresses

Pets often become an integral part of the family system, and some people say their bond to their pet is akin to that of a human child.

Emily Hemendinger, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus • conversation
May 22, 2024 ~10 min

Robotic palm mimics human touch

MIT CSAIL researchers enhance robotic precision with sophisticated tactile sensors in the palm and agile fingers, setting the stage for improvements in human-robot interaction and prosthetic technology.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
May 20, 2024 ~6 min

How Neanderthal language differed from modern human – they probably didn’t use metaphors

The two human species had many similarities but their communication would have been different.

Steven Mithen, Professor of Early Prehistory, University of Reading • conversation
May 20, 2024 ~10 min

Why so many animals have a third eyelid, including our pets – yet humans don’t

It’s a question of evolution and adaptation.

Dan Baumgardt, Senior Lecturer, School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, University of Bristol • conversation
May 16, 2024 ~7 min