That sharp, green smell of freshly cut grass? It’s a plant’s cry for help – and it may work as a less toxic pesticide for farmers

Green plants produce a specific gas when under attack to both directly ward off herbivores and pathogens and indirectly lure in herbivore predators.

Sasimonthakan Tanarsuwongkul, Ph.D. Candidate in Biochemistry, University of South Carolina • conversation
Jan. 29, 2024 ~5 min

The palm tree that lives beneath the rainforest floor

A recently discovered palm tree has an unusual survival strategy - it flowers and fruits beneath the ground

Chungui Lu, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Jan. 24, 2024 ~6 min


Climate disaster movies resonate in ways that news never will

This powerful new eco drama suggests “cli-fi” could play a crucial role in climate communication.

Oli Mould, Professor in Human Geography, Royal Holloway University of London • conversation
Jan. 24, 2024 ~6 min

New tool predicts flood risk from hurricanes in a warming climate

Using New York as a test case, the model predicts flooding at the level experienced during Hurricane Sandy will occur roughly every 30 years by the end of this century.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
Jan. 24, 2024 ~9 min

Algorithm could make disaster response faster

"We're really able to come up with workable, feasible solutions to problems in a much shorter time."

Anna Varela - Georgia State • futurity
Jan. 22, 2024 ~6 min

Reasoning and reliability in AI

PhD students interning with the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab look to improve natural language usage.

Lauren Hinkel | MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab • mit
Jan. 18, 2024 ~9 min

Helium is an essential material for research and medical equipment, but it's nonrenewable and difficult to recycle

With the fourth significant shortage of helium in a decade continuing, companies and researchers are looking for alternative sources.

Nicholas Fitzkee, Professor of Chemistry, Mississippi State University • conversation
Jan. 17, 2024 ~8 min

Iceland battles a lava flow: Countries have built barriers and tried explosives in the past, but it's hard to stop molten rock

Iceland, Hawaii and Italy have all tried to control lava to save cities in the past. A volcanologist explains the methods.

Loÿc Vanderkluysen, Associate Professor of Earth Science, Drexel University • conversation
Jan. 17, 2024 ~5 min


2023's billion-dollar disasters list shattered the US record with 28 big weather and climate disasters amid Earth's hottest year on record

An atmospheric scientist explains how rising temperatures are helping to fuel extreme storms, floods, droughts and devastating wildfires.

Shuang-Ye Wu, Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, University of Dayton • conversation
Jan. 9, 2024 ~8 min

Leveraging language to understand machines

Master's students Irene Terpstra ’23 and Rujul Gandhi ’22 use language to design new integrated circuits and make it understandable to robots.

Lauren Hinkel | MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab • mit
Dec. 22, 2023 ~7 min

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