Is it the school, or the students?

Study shows perceptions of “good” schools are heavily dependent on the preparation of the students entering them.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
March 28, 2024 ~7 min

New software enables blind and low-vision users to create interactive, accessible charts

Screen-reader users can upload a dataset and create customized data representations that combine visualization, textual description, and sonification.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
March 27, 2024 ~8 min

Buying affordable ethical chocolate is almost impossible – but some firms are offering the next best thing

What makes a good egg? The ethics of chocolate is complicated and often hard to decipher with confusing marketing claims on some product packaging.

Michael Rogerson, Lecturer in Operations Management, University of Sussex • conversation
March 25, 2024 ~8 min

Large language models use a surprisingly simple mechanism to retrieve some stored knowledge

Researchers demonstrate a technique that can be used to probe a model to see what it knows about new subjects.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
March 25, 2024 ~8 min

Engineering household robots to have a little common sense

With help from a large language model, MIT engineers enabled robots to self-correct after missteps and carry on with their chores.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
March 25, 2024 ~8 min

Understanding the impacts of mining on local environments and communities

Extractive industries threaten water, glaciers, and livelihoods, but new research offers hope.

Carolyn Blais | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab • mit
March 21, 2024 ~18 min

Supervolcano may have paved way for humans leaving Africa

Surviving a supervolcano eruption around 74,000 years ago may have facilitated human dispersal from Africa, researchers report.

Alex Reshanov - UT Austin • futurity
March 21, 2024 ~5 min

Eight ways to overhaul the UK’s inadequate sewer system

The UK’s Victorian-era sewer network is at breaking point.

William Perry, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University • conversation
March 14, 2024 ~7 min

Proteins in milk and blood could one day let doctors detect breast cancer earlier – and save lives

Identifying proteins that are only present in bodily fluids when a patient has breast cancer could provide a way to screen healthy people for the disease.

Danielle Whitham, Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Clarkson University • conversation
March 14, 2024 ~6 min

Study finds workers misjudge wage markets

Employees underestimate salary levels in their own industry, leading them to spend less time exploring the job market.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
March 14, 2024 ~7 min