New views of autocracy emerge from historic archives

Political science PhD student Emilia Simison has found that despotic regimes vary, and the move to democracy doesn’t necessarily guarantee policy change.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
yesterday ~8 min

Inspiration4: All-amateur space crew enjoy views of Earth

The first pictures have been released showing the Inspiration4 crew looking down on the planet.

yesterday ~2 min

Study: As a population gets older, automation accelerates

Economists find companies’ adoption of robots is partly due to shortages in middle-aged labor.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 15, 2021 ~7 min

Engineers create 3D-printed objects that sense how a user is interacting with them

Advance incorporates sensing directly into an object’s material, with applications for assistive technology and “intelligent” furniture.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 14, 2021 ~6 min

What happens when your foot falls asleep?

An exercise physiologist explains how it’s a problem of communication between your brain and your body.

Zachary Gillen, Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology, Mississippi State University • conversation
Sept. 13, 2021 ~5 min

HPV vaccines will reduce cancer, but not until 2045

HPV vaccines will yield significant reductions in throat and mouth cancers in the US, but not for about 25 years, a new study shows.

Barbara Benham-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Sept. 7, 2021 ~6 min

Comparing seniors who relocate long-distance shows where you live affects your longevity

Analysis of Medicare data finds location matters, not just past health behavior.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 1, 2021 ~9 min

Skull simulation reveals how ‘Hobbits’ chomped on food

Exceedingly hard or tough foods might have given Homo floresiensis (nicknamed the Hobbit) a sore jaw. But stone tools may have made chewing easier.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Aug. 26, 2021 ~7 min

Social media messages from health care workers help reduce travel-related Covid-19 spread

Large-scale video campaign allowed physicians and public health messengers to encourage staying home over the 2020 holidays.

J-PAL North America • mit
Aug. 23, 2021 ~4 min

The fertility industry is poorly regulated – and would-be parents can lose out on having children as a result

An unknown number of people have lost their dreams of parenthood because of storage disasters at fertility clinics. These experts note poor government oversight and the need for stronger regulation.

Dena Sharp, Guest lecturer, University of California, Hastings • conversation
Aug. 23, 2021 ~8 min