3 Questions: Kristin Knouse on the liver’s regenerative capabilities

The clinically-trained cell biologist exploits the liver’s unique capacities in search of new medical applications.

Grace van Deelen | Department of Biology • mit
Dec. 15, 2021 ~7 min

Nonsense can make sense to machine-learning models

Deep-learning methods confidently recognize images that are nonsense, a potential problem for medical and autonomous-driving decisions.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Dec. 15, 2021 ~5 min

Systems scientists find clues to why false news snowballs on social media

A new model shows that the more polarized and hyperconnected a social network is, the more likely misinformation will spread.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 15, 2021 ~8 min

Super-bright stellar explosion is likely a dying star giving birth to a black hole or neutron star

The discovery, based on an unusual event dubbed “the Cow,” may offer astronomers a new way to spot infant compact objects.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 13, 2021 ~6 min

A step toward “living biotherapeutics”

Chemical engineers created a coating for microbes that could make it easier to deploy the organisms to treat gastrointestinal disease.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 10, 2021 ~5 min

Research finds potential mechanism linking autism, intestinal inflammation

Infection during pregnancy with elevated levels of the cytokine IL-17a may yield microbiome alterations that prime offspring for aberrant immune responses, mouse study suggests.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Dec. 9, 2021 ~8 min

Measuring cancer cell state can reveal drug susceptibility

Study results also show that pancreatic tumor cells can be forced into a more susceptible state by changing their environment.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 9, 2021 ~8 min

Machine-learning system flags remedies that might do more harm than good

The system could help physicians select the least risky treatments in urgent situations, such as treating sepsis.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 9, 2021 ~8 min

A tool to speed development of new solar cells

A new computational simulator can help predict whether changes to materials or design will improve performance in new photovoltaic cells.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 9, 2021 ~7 min

Machines that see the world more like humans do

A new “common-sense” approach to computer vision enables artificial intelligence that interprets scenes more accurately than other systems do.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 8, 2021 ~10 min