23,000-year-old human footprints are oldest in the Americas

The footprints offer hints of people's real lives 23,000 years ago. "What we see here is also activity of play, and of different ages coming together."

Kyle Mittan-U. Arizona • futurity
Sept. 30, 2021 ~7 min

Citizens emerge from the slums

PhD student Ying Gao's research reveals that the urban poor in the developing world are politically engaged and capable of effecting change.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Sept. 28, 2021 ~8 min

Fossil footprints prove humans populated the Americas thousands of years earlier than we thought

The New Mexico findings could rewrite the history of human migration to the Americas.

Sally Christine Reynolds, Principal Academic in Hominin Palaeoecology, Bournemouth University • conversation
Sept. 23, 2021 ~7 min

Ancient beads are the earliest sign of communication with fashion

The beads are some of the earliest evidence of people expressing identity with clothing. "They're the tip of the iceberg for that kind of human trait."

Kyle Mittan-U. Arizona • futurity
Sept. 23, 2021 ~6 min

Data flow’s decisive role on the global stage

New research by political science PhD candidate Meicen Sun illuminates the broad economic and political impacts of internet restrictions.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Sept. 21, 2021 ~8 min

Nasa selects landing site for Moon rover mission

The space agency will send a rover to look for water-ice near a crater at the Moon's South Pole.

Sept. 21, 2021 ~6 min

SpaceX: Inspiration4 amateur astronauts return to Earth after three days

The four amateur astronauts landed safely in the Atlantic Ocean after three days orbiting Earth.

Sept. 18, 2021 ~2 min

New views of autocracy emerge from historic archives

Political science PhD student Emilia Simison has found that despotic regimes vary, and the move to democracy doesn’t necessarily guarantee policy change.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Sept. 17, 2021 ~8 min

Inspiration4: All-amateur space crew enjoy views of Earth

The first pictures have been released showing the Inspiration4 crew looking down on the planet.

Sept. 17, 2021 ~2 min

Study: As a population gets older, automation accelerates

Economists find companies’ adoption of robots is partly due to shortages in middle-aged labor.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 15, 2021 ~7 min