New material could be two superconductors in one

Work has potential applications in quantum computing, and introduces new way to plumb the secrets of superconductivity.

Elizabeth A. Thomson | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
Nov. 15, 2021 ~8 min

A key brain region responds to faces similarly in infants and adults

Study suggests this area of the visual cortex emerges much earlier in development than previously thought.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 15, 2021 ~7 min

This light-powered catalyst mimics photosynthesis

The new molecule can improve the yield of reactions for generating pharmaceuticals and other useful compounds.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 15, 2021 ~7 min

For stem cells, bigger doesn’t mean better

MIT biologists show that enlargement of blood stem cells restricts their ability to generate new blood cells during aging.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 12, 2021 ~6 min

Radio-frequency wave scattering improves fusion simulations

By incorporating the scattering of RF waves into fusion simulations, MIT physicists improve heating and current drive predictions for fusion plasmas.

Paul Rivenberg | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Nov. 10, 2021 ~6 min

Study finds a striking difference between neurons of humans and other mammals

Human neurons have fewer ion channels, which might have allowed the human brain to divert energy to other neural processes.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 10, 2021 ~8 min

Scientists project increased risk to water supplies in South Africa this century

Study underscores need for aggressive climate mitigation and adaptation policies to prevent future ‘Day Zero’ droughts in dry, populated regions around the world.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
Nov. 5, 2021 ~4 min

Modeling the mechanisms of metastasis

Collaborative team wins prestigious NIH grant to investigate the physical forces that influence metastatic cancer.

Koch Institute • mit
Nov. 5, 2021 ~6 min

Giving robots social skills

A new machine-learning system helps robots understand and perform certain social interactions.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 5, 2021 ~9 min

Hunting a “Jekyll-and-Hyde” molecule

A screening method developed by MIT researchers targets hydrogen peroxide in the search for new cancer therapeutics.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Chemical Engineering • mit
Nov. 4, 2021 ~8 min