A taste for sweet – an anthropologist explains the evolutionary origins of why you're programmed to love sugar

If you ever feel like you can’t stop eating sugar, you are responding precisely as programmed by natural selection. What was once an evolutionary advantage has a different effect today.

Stephen Wooding, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Heritage Studies, University of California, Merced • conversation
Jan. 5, 2022 ~9 min

Curious Kids: why didn't other creatures evolve the intelligence humans have?

Having intelligence helps humans survive.

Barry Bogin, Professor of Biological Anthropology (Emeritus), Loughborough University • conversation
Jan. 5, 2022 ~5 min

MIT in the media: 2021 in review

MIT community members made headlines around the world for their innovative approaches to addressing problems local and global.

MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 22, 2021 ~21 min

MIT’s top research stories of 2021

The year’s popular research stories include a promising new approach to cancer immunotherapy, the confirmation of a 50-year-old theorem, and a major fusion breakthrough.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 22, 2021 ~5 min

A “big push” to lift people out of poverty

MIT field experiment from India finds a one-time economic boost helps the very poor fare better for at least a decade.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 22, 2021 ~7 min

Should kids start getting the HPV vaccine before age 11?

A new intervention saw a double-digit jump in children completing the HPV vaccine series by age 13. Further, the improvements lasted over four years.

Boston University • futurity
Dec. 21, 2021 ~4 min

Characters for good, created by artificial intelligence

Researchers encourage positive use cases of AI-generated characters for education and well-being.

Becky Ham | MIT Media Lab • mit
Dec. 16, 2021 ~7 min

Why it's time to make ecocide a crime: for the sake of its victims

Criminalising ecocide means its victims will be able to receive reparations, helping to rebuild destroyed ecosystems and communities.

Rachel Killean, Senior Lecturer in Law, Queen's University Belfast • conversation
Dec. 8, 2021 ~8 min

Q&A: David Autor on the long afterlife of the “China shock”

MIT economist’s new research shows U.S. locales hammered by open trade with China have not rebounded, even a decade or more later.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 6, 2021 ~9 min

A new species of early human? Why we should be cautious about new fossil footprint findings

A new study finds more than one early human species lived on the landscape in Northern Tanzania 3.66 million years ago. But there are reasons to be cautious about the findings.

Sally Christine Reynolds, Principal Academic in Hominin Palaeoecology, Bournemouth University • conversation
Dec. 1, 2021 ~6 min