A hunger for social contact

Neuroscientists find that isolation provokes brain activity similar to that seen during hunger cravings.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 23, 2020 ~8 min

Vibrations of coronavirus proteins may play a role in infection

Study suggests mechanical properties of spike proteins can predict infectivity and lethality of different coronaviruses.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 19, 2020 ~8 min

Chemists discover the structure of a key coronavirus protein

The protein, which acts as an ion channel, could be a target for new drugs against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 12, 2020 ~5 min

Using machine learning to track the pandemic’s impact on mental health

Textual analysis of social media posts finds users’ anxiety and suicide-risk levels are rising, among other negative trends.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 5, 2020 ~8 min

Covid-19 “super-spreading” events play outsized role in overall disease transmission

Mathematical analysis suggests that preventing large gatherings could significantly reduce Covid-19 infection rates.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 2, 2020 ~6 min

An interdisciplinary approach to sustainable PPE

United under the Sustainability Incubator Fund, researchers strategize sustainable sourcing solution for crises at the local and global level.

Nicole Morell | MIT Office of Sustainability • mit
Oct. 29, 2020 ~8 min

Testing sewage to home in on Covid-19

Letting an algorithm decide which maintenance holes to test for evidence of coronavirus could improve pandemic containment efforts.

Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society • mit
Oct. 28, 2020 ~5 min

Truncated immune system receptors may regulate cellular activity

Unexpected findings in chemokine receptors once believed to be non-functional open up new fields of scientific inquiry.

Michaela Jarvis | MIT Media Lab • mit
Oct. 28, 2020 ~7 min

AI Cures: data-driven clinical solutions for Covid-19

MIT conference illustrates technologies developed in response to the pandemic and new opportunities for AI solutions for clinical management.

Terri Park | MIT Schwarzman College of Computing • mit
Oct. 27, 2020 ~9 min

Leveraging a 3D printer “defect” to create a new quasi-textile

Tulle-like DefeXtiles can be 3D printed with no custom software or hardware.

Becky Ham | MIT Media Lab • mit
Oct. 26, 2020 ~8 min

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