Study offers an explanation for why the APOE4 gene enhances Alzheimer’s risk

The gene variant disrupts lipid metabolism, but in cell experiments the effects were reversed by choline supplements.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
today ~7 min

Chemists boost boron’s utility

A strategy for preventing boron-containing compounds from breaking down could help medicinal chemists design new drugs.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~5 min

Basic cell health systems wear down in Huntington’s disease, analysis shows

A new computational approach for analyzing complex datasets shows that as disease progresses, neurons and astrocytes lose the ability to maintain homeostasis.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Feb. 24, 2021 ~6 min

Researchers improve efficiency of next-generation solar cell material

Reducing internal losses could pave the way to low-cost perovskite-based photovoltaics that match silicon cells’ output.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 24, 2021 ~9 min

Keeping an eye on the fusion future

Daniel Korsun’s undergraduate career at MIT prepared him to look more deeply into fusion magnet technology and design.

Paul Rivenberg | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Feb. 22, 2021 ~5 min

Reductions in CFC-11 emissions put ozone recovery back on track

Scientists observe reduction in emissions of banned ozone-depleting chemical after unexpected spike.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 10, 2021 ~7 min

Physicists discover important new property for graphene

Unconventional form of ferroelectricity could impact next-generation computing.

Elizabeth Thomson | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
Feb. 8, 2021 ~8 min

How the brain helps us remember what we’ve seen

Research finds that as one looks around, mental images bounce between right and left brain as they shift around in our visual system.

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

Machine-learning model helps determine protein structures

New technique reveals many possible conformations that a protein may take.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 4, 2021 ~7 min

Geologists produce new timeline of Earth’s Paleozoic climate changes

The record shows ancient temperature variations coinciding with shifts in the planet’s biodiversity.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 1, 2021 ~8 min

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