MIT cognitive scientists win Ig Nobel for shedding light on legalese

Edward Gibson and Eric Martinez are among this year's winners of the satiric prize, for explaining what makes legal documents so difficult to comprehend.

Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences • mit
Sept. 16, 2022 ~3 min

Saturn’s rings and tilt could be the product of an ancient, missing moon

A “grazing encounter” may have smashed the moon to bits to form Saturn’s rings, a new study suggests.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 15, 2022 ~7 min


The power of weak ties in gaining new employment

An experiment using data from 20 million LinkedIn profiles shows how much we rely on people we know less well to land new jobs.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 15, 2022 ~10 min

Study: Astronomers risk misinterpreting planetary signals in James Webb data

Refining current opacity models will be key to unearthing details of exoplanet properties — and signs of life — in data from the powerful new telescope.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 15, 2022 ~7 min

Study reveals how environment and state are integrated to control behavior

A simple animal model shows how stimuli and states such as smells, stressors, and satiety converge in an olfactory neuron to guide food-seeking behavior.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Sept. 15, 2022 ~8 min

Divorce is more common in albatross couples with shy males, study finds

In a long-studied population of wandering albatrosses, females are less likely to stick with a shy mate.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 13, 2022 ~8 min

SMART Innovation Center awarded five-year NRF grant for new deep tech ventures

By providing researchers with financial and strategic support from the early stages, the Innovation Center hopes to bring new and disruptive technologies to market.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Sept. 13, 2022 ~8 min

How the brain focuses on what’s in mind

When holding information in mind, neural activity is more focused when and where there are bursts of gamma frequency rhythms.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Sept. 13, 2022 ~7 min


Biologists glean insight into repetitive protein sequences

A computational analysis reveals that many repetitive sequences are shared across proteins and are similar in species from bacteria to humans.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 13, 2022 ~7 min

Jung Jae Kwon: Questioning the nuclear umbrella

Dissatisfied with security guarantees from the US, America’s junior allies want greater control over their own defenses.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Sept. 9, 2022 ~8 min

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