Meet the 2022-23 Accenture Fellows

This year's fellows will work across research areas including telemonitoring, human-computer interactions, operations research,  AI-mediated socialization, and chemical transformations.

School of Engineering • mit
yesterday ~5 min

Brain-computer interfaces could allow soldiers to control weapons with their thoughts and turn off their fear – but the ethics of neurotechnology lags behind the science

From warfare to entertainment and VR, brain-computer interface development has extended beyond prosthetics for patients with disabilities. Missing is full ethical consideration of the consequences.

Andrew Ko, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington • conversation
Dec. 2, 2022 ~11 min

Protecting 30% of Earth's surface for nature means thinking about connections near and far

Governments, scientists and conservation groups are working to protect 30% of Earth’s land and water for nature by 2030. Two scientists explain why scale matters for reaching that goal.

Jianguo "Jack" Liu, Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, Michigan State University • conversation
Dec. 2, 2022 ~11 min

Pregnancy is a genetic battlefield – how conflicts of interest pit mom's and dad's genes against each other

Genetic conflict may play a role in pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, as well as developmental disorders.

Jessica D. Ayers, Assistant Professor of Psychological Science, Boise State University • conversation
Nov. 30, 2022 ~8 min

What if the dinosaurs hadn't gone extinct? Why our world might look very different

It’s hard to imagine the world without Homo sapiens. But it’s unlikely we would be here if it wasn’t for a chance asteroid collision.

Nicholas R. Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Paleontology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Bath • conversation
Nov. 24, 2022 ~9 min

Machinery of the state

Associate Professor Mai Hassan documents bureaucratic systems in Eastern Africa set up for coercion, as well as roadblocks to democratic government.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Nov. 21, 2022 ~9 min

People don't mate randomly – but the flawed assumption that they do is an essential part of many studies linking genes to diseases and traits

People don’t randomly select who they have children with. And that means an underlying assumption in research that tries to link particular genes to certain diseases or traits is wrong.

Noah Zaitlen, Professor of Neurology and Human Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles • conversation
Nov. 21, 2022 ~9 min

Study: Automation drives income inequality

New data suggest most of the growth in the wage gap since 1980 comes from automation displacing less-educated workers.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
Nov. 21, 2022 ~8 min

Wildfires often lead to dust storms – and they’re getting bigger

Atmospheric dust storms often follow wildfires and have serious impacts on human health and ecology.

Matt Telfer, Associate Professor of Physical Geography, University of Plymouth • conversation
Nov. 18, 2022 ~7 min

Uncovering the rich connections between South Asia and MIT

Showcased in a new exhibit, student research explores the long history of South Asians at the Institute.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 18, 2022 ~10 min