King Climate Action Initiative announces new research to test and scale climate solutions

Research is part of a $25 million effort to generate evidence on the real-world effectiveness of policies and programs at the intersection of poverty and climate change.

Sarah DiCioccio | Andrea Cristina Ruiz | Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) • mit
Feb. 25, 2021 ~10 min

Fossil hand from ‘Ardi’ could clarify our evolution

The fossil hand of a 4.4 million-year-old skeleton could offer clues to how early humans moved and began to walk upright.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Feb. 25, 2021 ~5 min

AI is killing choice and chance – which means changing what it means to be human

By letting machines recommend movies and decide whom to hire, humans are losing their unpredictable nature – and possibly the ability to make everyday judgments, as well.

Dan Feldman, Senior Research Fellow, Applied Ethics Center, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
Feb. 24, 2021 ~7 min

Texas blackouts show why energy should be a universal right

But it's time to make this a right to low carbon energy.

Gordon Walker, Professor at the Lancaster Environment Centre and previously co-director of the DEMAND Centre, Lancaster University • conversation
Feb. 23, 2021 ~5 min

Texas blackouts show us why energy should be considered a universal right

But it's time to make this a right to low carbon energy.

Gordon Walker, Professor at the Lancaster Environment Centre and previously co-director of the DEMAND Centre, Lancaster University • conversation
Feb. 23, 2021 ~5 min

Fight or flight? Why individuals react as they do

Political science graduate student Aidan Milliff finds differences in how people in similar situations respond to threats of violence.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Feb. 23, 2021 ~8 min

Study: Covid-19 communications featuring racially diverse physicians can improve health outcomes for communities of color

Improved public health messaging to Black, Latinx, and other communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic can increase Covid-19 knowledge and information-seeking.

J-PAL North America • mit
Feb. 22, 2021 ~4 min

The human genome at 20: how biology's most-hyped breakthrough led to anticlimax and arrests

The achievement didn't live up to the hype, but it has illuminated new areas of 'genetic dark matter'.

Andreas Kolb, Senior Research Fellow, The Rowlett Institute, University of Aberdeen • conversation
Feb. 19, 2021 ~10 min

Less-wasteful laser-cutting

Fabricaide, developed at MIT CSAIL, provides live design feedback to help users reduce leftover material.

Adam Conner-Simons | MIT CSAIL • mit
Feb. 17, 2021 ~4 min

Stonehenge first stood in Wales: how archaeologists proved parts of the 5,000 year-old stone circle were imported

A remarkable set of discoveries has confirmed that parts of Stonehenge first stood 140 miles away at Waun Mawn, west Wales.

Mike Parker Pearson, Professor of Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, UCL • conversation
Feb. 15, 2021 ~8 min

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