Bat pups babble and bat moms use baby talk, hinting at the evolution of human language

Vocal imitation is a key part of how humans learn to speak. New research shows that bats babble to learn and use baby talk to teach, just like people do.

Ahana Aurora Fernandez, Postdoctoral Researcher in Behavioral Ecology and Bioacoustics, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin • conversation
Aug. 19, 2021 ~10 min

Magnets could offer better control of prosthetic limbs

System uses tiny magnetic beads to rapidly measure the position of muscles and relay that information to a bionic prosthesis.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 18, 2021 ~6 min

The aching red: Firefighters often silently suffer from trauma and job-related stress

Firefighters are hailed as heroes and pillars of strength, bravery and courage. But the daily stressors and traumas of their jobs take a heavy emotional toll that largely goes unnoticed by the public.

Arash Javanbakht, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University • conversation
Aug. 13, 2021 ~10 min

Considering the spiderweb

After nearly a decade, an interdisciplinary collaboration to model a 3D spider web leads to many surprising results.

Anya Ventura | Center for Art, Science, and Technology • mit
Aug. 10, 2021 ~13 min

Dignity neuroscience: Brain data affirm human rights

Dignity neuroscience is the idea that universal rights are rooted in human brain science, say two scientists.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Aug. 5, 2021 ~10 min

From CRISPR to glowing proteins to optogenetics – scientists' most powerful technologies have been borrowed from nature

Three pioneering technologies have forever altered how researchers do their work and promise to revolutionize medicine, from correcting genetic disorders to treating degenerative brain diseases.

Marc Zimmer, Professor of Chemistry, Connecticut College • conversation
Aug. 5, 2021 ~9 min

Making voting easier for previously incarcerated people

People rarely vote after being incarcerated. Associate Professor Ariel White wonders what can be done about it.

Will Sullivan | MIT Governance Lab • mit
Aug. 2, 2021 ~7 min

A sleep study’s eye-opening findings

Experiment with working poor in India finds no impact from more night sleep, though naps help; rest quality may be key.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2021 ~9 min

Militaries plunder science fiction for technology ideas, but turn a blind eye to the genre's social commentary

Science fiction doesn’t just introduce us to speculative technologies – the genre explores how they might affect society too.

Will Slocombe, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Liverpool • conversation
July 26, 2021 ~8 min

Study: Just 7 Percent of Our DNA Is Special to Modern Humans

VOA Learning English • voa
July 25, 2021 ~4 min