Aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover, MOXIE creates oxygen on Mars

Thanks to an MIT-designed instrument, a NASA mission has produced oxygen on another planet for the first time.

Nancy Kotary | Sara Cody | Haystack Observatory | Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics • mit
today ~3 min

Study: Sex differences in Covid-19 mortality vary across racial groups

Black women are more vulnerable than white men, illustrating how race and gender intersect to shape health outcomes.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
today ~6 min

Cancer cells soften as they metastasize, study suggests

Developing drugs that prevent this softening might impede tumors’ ability to spread.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~6 min

Toward deep-learning models that can reason about code more like humans

Researchers propose a method for finding and fixing weaknesses in automated programming tools.

Kim Martineau | MIT Quest for Intelligence • mit
April 15, 2021 ~6 min

A method to assess Covid-19 transmission risks in indoor settings

MIT researchers have developed a publicly available model based on physics and data from past spreading events.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 15, 2021 ~10 min

Counting pedestrians to make pedestrians count

Andres Sevtsuk’s new work estimates foot traffic in cities — so planners and developers can study the flow of people, not just vehicles.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
April 15, 2021 ~6 min

An on-off switch for gene editing

New, reversible CRISPR method can control gene expression while leaving underlying DNA sequence unchanged.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
April 14, 2021 ~9 min

Fast-spinning black holes narrow the search for dark matter particles

Certain ultralight bosons would be expected to put the brakes on black holes, but new results show no such slowdown.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 14, 2021 ~7 min

Job connectivity improves resiliency in US cities, study finds

New research offers insight for city planning and workforce development.

Jesse DeLaughter | Sociotechnical Systems Research Center • mit
April 13, 2021 ~5 min

Negative emissions, positive economy

How bioenergy with carbon capture and storage could help stabilize the climate without breaking the bank.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
April 13, 2021 ~5 min