When politics is local in the Middle East

Study suggests sectarian identity in the region is tied to domestic matters, not a larger, transnational religious split.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
June 2, 2022 ~9 min

Making data visualization more accessible for blind and low-vision individuals

Researchers have created prototypes that enable screen-reader users to quickly and easily navigate through multiple levels of information in an online chart.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
June 2, 2022 ~10 min

What are HeLa cells? A cancer biologist explains

The immortal cancer cells of Henrietta Lacks revolutionized the fields of science, medicine and bioethics. And they still survive today, more than 70 years after her death.

Ivan Martinez, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology, West Virginia University • conversation
May 31, 2022 ~5 min

What is it about the human brain that makes us smarter than other animals? New research gives intriguing answer

Human brains seem to be wired differently to those of chimps or macaques.

David Menon, Professor, Head of Division of Anaesthesia, University of Cambridge • conversation
May 27, 2022 ~8 min

Linguistics luminaries Noam Chomsky and Morris Halle honored

A Stata Center wing and celebratory event mark their achievements and the next generation of linguistics research at MIT.

Leda Zimmerman | School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences • mit
May 27, 2022 ~8 min

Virtual worlds apart

Paul Roquet’s new book traces the very different trajectories of virtual reality in the U.S. and Japan.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 26, 2022 ~6 min

Is diversity the key to collaboration? New AI research suggests so

A new training approach yields artificial intelligence that adapts to diverse play-styles in a cooperative game, in what could be a win for human-AI teaming.

Kylie Foy | MIT Lincoln Laboratory • mit
May 25, 2022 ~8 min

What rigorous evidence has to say about summer youth employment programs

New J-PAL North America publication helps policymakers understand summer programs’ wide-ranging benefits, in such areas as criminal justice involvement, education, and development.

Mera Cronbaugh | J-PAL North America • mit
May 24, 2022 ~6 min

MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium announces recipients of inaugural MCSC Seed Awards

Twenty winning projects will link industry member priorities with research groups across campus to develop scalable climate solutions.

Molly Chase | Climate and Sustainability Consortium • mit
May 23, 2022 ~15 min

From South Africa, a success story for democracy

In a new book, MIT political scientist Evan Lieberman examines a quarter-century of post-Apartheid government and finds meaningful progress.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 19, 2022 ~9 min