In online news, do mouse clicks speak louder than words?

Partisan media might deepen political polarization, but we should measure people’s media habits more carefully before drawing conclusions, researchers say.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
Nov. 2, 2023 ~7 min

Dermatologist removes tattoos to give former gang members fresh start

Harvard Medical School-Mass General dermatologists use lasers to remove gang, trafficking tattoos, stigmatizing and often traumatic reminders of the past.

Alvin Powell • harvard
Oct. 23, 2023 ~10 min

To excel at engineering design, generative AI must learn to innovate, study finds

AI models that prioritize similarity falter when asked to design something completely new.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
Oct. 19, 2023 ~8 min

A method to interpret AI might not be so interpretable after all

Some researchers see formal specifications as a way for autonomous systems to "explain themselves" to humans. But a new study finds that we aren't understanding.

Kylie Foy | MIT Lincoln Laboratory • mit
Oct. 16, 2023 ~7 min

Designing a revolution

MIT professor, students collaborate with Chilean partners for an exhibition marking 50 years since Allende's presidency.

Michael Brindley | School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences • mit
Oct. 16, 2023 ~13 min

Wolf protection in Europe has become deeply political – Spain's experience tells us why

Some European countries view wolf protection differently to others. A look at Spain’s experience may explain why.

Hanna Pettersson, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of York • conversation
Oct. 16, 2023 ~8 min

A tooth that rewrites history? The discovery challenging what we knew about Neanderthals – podcast

What could the extinction of Neanderthals tell us about our own species? An archaeologist explains in The Conversation Weekly podcast.

Mend Mariwany, Producer, The Conversation Weekly Podcast, The Conversation • conversation
Oct. 12, 2023 ~5 min

AI: we may not need a new human right to protect us from decisions by algorithms – the laws already exist

Effective implementation of existing law can protect us from the risks posed by AI algorithms.

Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott, Postdoctoral Fellow, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford • conversation
Oct. 10, 2023 ~8 min

New Mexico footprints really are from the last Ice Age

Footprints preserved in mud were made by humans thousands of years before any people were thought to be in the Americas, a team confirms.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Oct. 9, 2023 ~8 min

Are people born with good balance? A physical therapist explains the systems that help keep you on your toes

Balancing well is a whole-body experience that develops over time and takes practice to master.

Gurpreet Singh, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
Oct. 9, 2023 ~8 min