A new way to make bacteria more sensitive to antibiotics

SMART researchers find exposing bacteria to hydrogen sulfide can increase antimicrobial sensitivity in bacteria that do not produce H2S.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Sept. 3, 2020 ~4 min

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Helping companies prioritize their cybersecurity investments

By securely aggregating sensitive data from cyber-attacks, the SCRAM platform from MIT CSAIL can quantify an organization’s level of security and suggest what to prioritize.

Adam Conner-Simons | MIT CSAIL • mit
Sept. 3, 2020 ~7 min

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Scientists discover new rules about “runaway” transcription

Findings related to bacterial gene expression overturn fundamental assumptions about basic biological pathways.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Sept. 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dna physics genetics bacteria biology rna research school-of-science

An unexpected origin story for a lopsided black hole merger

Researchers suggest a novel process to explain the collision of a large black hole and a much smaller one.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics astrophysics astronomy research black-holes school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf kavli-institute space-astronomy-and-planetary-science ligo

A “bang” in LIGO and Virgo detectors signals most massive gravitational-wave source yet

A binary black hole merger likely produced gravitational waves equal to the energy of eight suns.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 2, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: physics astrophysics astronomy data research black-holes school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf kavli-institute space-astronomy-and-planetary-science ligo

Making health care more personal

The company Health at Scale uses machine learning to improve outcomes for individual patients.

Zach Winn | Becky Ham | MIT News Office | MIT News correspondent • mit
Sept. 1, 2020 ~8 min

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Robot takes contact-free measurements of patients’ vital signs

Mobile system could reduce health care workers’ exposure to Covid-19 virus.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 31, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: robotics medicine covid-19 pandemic research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering computer-vision health-science-and-technology

A new platform for controlled delivery of key nanoscale drugs and more

The novel approach, developed by MIT chemical engineers, could help create more efficient consumer products, including drugs, cosmetics, and food.

Elizabeth A. Thomson | Department of Chemical Engineering • mit
Aug. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: pharmaceuticals research school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology chemical-engineering drug-delivery


Cosmic rays may soon stymie quantum computing

Building quantum computers underground or designing radiation-proof qubits may be needed, researchers find.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 26, 2020 ~9 min

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