Circuit that focuses attention brings in wide array of inputs

With a comprehensive map of the wiring, researchers can now discern what information flows into the circuit to enable a key brain function.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
May 6, 2022 ~5 min

Tracing a cancer’s family tree to its roots reveals how tumors grow

Family trees of lung cancer cells reveal how cancer evolves from its earliest stages to an aggressive form capable of spreading throughout the body.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute • mit
May 5, 2022 ~9 min

MIT to launch new Office of Research Computing and Data

Professor Peter Fisher will lead effort to grow and enhance computing infrastructure and services for MIT’s research community.

Office of the Vice President for Research • mit
May 5, 2022 ~7 min

Unpacking black-box models

Researchers create a mathematical framework to evaluate explanations of machine-learning models and quantify how well people understand them.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
May 5, 2022 ~7 min

Astronomers discover a rare “black widow” binary, with the shortest orbit yet

The system is orbited by third stellar companion and may have originated near the center of the Milky Way.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2022 ~7 min

Artificial intelligence system learns concepts shared across video, audio, and text

A machine-learning model can identify the action in a video clip and label it, without the help of humans.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2022 ~7 min

Absent legislative victory, the president can still meet US climate goals

Study finds activating a Clean Air Act provision could deliver major climate, health, and economic benefits.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
May 3, 2022 ~5 min

What words can convey

Natural language processing models capture rich knowledge of words’ meanings through statistics.

Jennifer Michalowski | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
May 3, 2022 ~5 min

Why bother with subject-verb agreement?

This aspect of syntax helps us do much more than just build sentences, linguist Shigeru Miyagawa contends.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
May 3, 2022 ~7 min

A single memory is stored across many connected brain regions

Innovative brain-wide mapping study shows that an “engram,” the ensemble of neurons encoding a memory, is widely distributed and includes regions not previously realized.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
May 2, 2022 ~9 min