Putting a finger on the switch of chronic parasite infection

Researchers find master regulator needed for Toxoplasma gondii parasite to chronically infect host; promising step toward infection treatment, prevention.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute | Jan. 21, 2020 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute biology chemistry disease genetics crispr medicine research parasites school-of-science

With these neurons, extinguishing fear is its own reward

The same neurons responsible for encoding reward also form new memories to suppress fearful ones.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute | Jan. 21, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: picower-institute biology brain-and-cognitive-sciences memory anxiety neuroscience research school-of-science mental-health learning

Study uses physics to explain democratic elections

U.S. elections have become more “unstable,” sometimes swinging in the opposite direction from the greater electorate’s preferences.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Jan. 21, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: physics political-science voting-and-elections research politics government social-sciences school-of-science

Ingestible medical devices can be broken down with light

New light-sensitive material could eliminate some of the endoscopic procedures needed to remove gastrointestinal devices.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Jan. 17, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research medicine mechanical-engineering chemical-engineering koch-institute school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih health-sciences-and-technology

Zeroing in on decarbonization

Wielding complex algorithms, nuclear science and engineering doctoral candidate Nestor Sepulveda spins out scenarios for combating climate change.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering | Jan. 15, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: nuclear-science-and-engineering mit-energy-initiative school-of-engineering technology-and-policy students research alternative-energy energy energy-storage greenhouse-gases climate-change global-warming sustainability emissions renewable-energy economics policy nuclear-power-and-reactors profile graduate graduate postdoctoral

J-PAL North America seeks partners to research homelessness

Housing Stability Evaluation Incubator will provide funding and technical assistance to help partners build evidence on strategies to reduce and prevent homelessness.

J-PAL North America | Jan. 13, 2020 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: abdul-latif-jameel-poverty-action-lab-j-pal economics poverty research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences housing


A new approach to making airplane parts, minus the massive infrastructure

Carbon nanotube film produces aerospace-grade composites with no need for huge ovens or autoclaves.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 13, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering carbon-nanotubes manufacturing materials-science-and-engineering research school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology

Sending clearer signals

Associate Professor Yury Polyanskiy is working to keep data flowing as the “internet of things” becomes a reality.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | Jan. 11, 2020 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: research computer-science-and-technology profile faculty wireless internet-of-things data mobile-devices laboratory-for-information-and-decision-systems-lids idss electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering

Making real a biotechnology dream: nitrogen-fixing cereal crops

Voigt Lab's work could eventually replace cereal crops’ need for nitrogen from chemical fertilizers.

Lisa Miller | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab | Jan. 10, 2020 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: biological-engineering school-of-engineering genetic-engineering plants j-wafs research bacteria water

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