A new study of ice-core data shows that an unusual, six-year period of cold temperatures and heavy rainfall coincided with European deaths during the 1918 Spanish flu.
Oct. 5, 2020 • ~7 min
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J-PAL North America launches MIT Roybal Center for Translational Research to Improve Health Care for the Aging
Center will work with affiliated researchers to test low-cost, high-impact behavioral interventions to improve health-care delivery and health outcomes for aging adults in the United States.
Oct. 5, 2020 • ~4 min
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Archaeologists determined the step-by-step path taken by the first people to settle the Caribbean islands
Did people settle these islands by traveling north from South America, or in the other direction? Reanalyzing data from artifacts discovered decades ago provides a definitive answer.
Sept. 29, 2020 • ~10 min
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Evidence of hot springs near sites where ancient hominids settled long before the control of fire suggests early humans may have used them for cooking.
Sept. 22, 2020 • ~7 min
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The Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Initiative aims to catalyze evidence-based policy solutions to the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Sept. 21, 2020 • ~4 min
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How We Feel app lays groundwork to use big data to understand and predict coronavirus infection.
Sept. 17, 2020 • ~9 min
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Toe springs in shoes make walking easier but may come at a cost.
Sept. 17, 2020 • ~7 min
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By studying the DNA of people who lived in East Asia thousands of years ago, scientists are starting to untangle how the region was populated.
Sept. 15, 2020 • ~11 min
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