The world’s business and finance sectors can do much more to reverse deforestation – here’s the data to prove it

A recently published report sheds light on how 350 big companies and 150 financial institutions are falling behind with goals to halt and reverse deforestation.

Mary Gagen, Professor of Physical Geography, Swansea University • conversation
March 1, 2024 ~7 min

A careful rethinking of the Iraq War

Roger Petersen’s new book details military operations and political dynamics in Iraq, shedding new light on the challenges of state-building.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
March 1, 2024 ~8 min

What is IVF? A nurse explains the evolving science and legality of in vitro fertilization

IVF is a decades-old procedure that has allowed increasing numbers of prospective parents to have children. Evolving legislation may put it under threat.

Heidi Collins Fantasia, Associate Professor of Nursing, UMass Lowell • conversation
Feb. 29, 2024 ~7 min

Wildlife selfies harm animals − even when scientists share images with warnings in the captions

The caption may say that only scientists and trained professionals should handle wild animals, but viewers remember the image, not the words.

Andrea l. DiGiorgio, Lecturer and Post Doctoral Researcher in Biological Anthropology, Princeton University • conversation
Feb. 14, 2024 ~9 min

A new way to let AI chatbots converse all day without crashing

Researchers developed a simple yet effective solution for a puzzling problem that can worsen the performance of large language models such as ChatGPT.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
Feb. 13, 2024 ~8 min

Ancient bones rewrite modern human arrival in Northwestern Europe

Modern humans reached Northwestern Europe earlier than we thought, and in a much colder environment, researchers say.

U. Copenhagen • futurity
Feb. 12, 2024 ~6 min

Synthetic human embryos let researchers study early development while sidestepping ethical and logistical hurdles

Early human development is a complex, multistep process that’s even more complicated to study in the lab. Models made from stem cells avoid some of the trouble with using real human embryos.

Min Yang, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington • conversation
Feb. 7, 2024 ~10 min

How long did Neanderthals and modern humans co-exist in Europe? Evidence is growing it may have been at least 10,000 years

A new discovery is shedding more light on the overlap between the two species of human, despite the challenges of exploring this distant time

Rick Schulting, Professor of Scientific and Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Oxford • conversation
Feb. 6, 2024 ~9 min

How to avoid a “winner’s curse” for social programs

When interventions or policies perform well in studies, they may disappoint later on. An MIT economist’s tools can help planners recognize this trap.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
Feb. 5, 2024 ~7 min

Why monkeys attack people - a primate expert explains

Tourists can do a number of things to avoid dangerous encounters with monkeys.

Tracie McKinney, Senior Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, University of South Wales • conversation
Jan. 31, 2024 ~6 min