The new front against antibiotic resistance

Deborah Hung shares research strategies to combat tuberculosis as part of the Department of Biology's IAP seminar series on microbes in health and disease.

Lucy Jakub | Department of Biology | Jan. 23, 2020 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: biology broad-institute independent-activities-period school-of-science bacteria data microbes research antibiotics drug-development disease special-events-and-guest-speakers

Study: State-level adoption of renewable energy standards saves money and lives

MIT researchers review renewable energy and carbon pricing policies as states consider repealing or relaxing renewable portfolio standards.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative | Jan. 22, 2020 | mit
~13 mins   

Tags: mit-energy-initiative eaps idss research emissions policy government school-of-science school-of-engineering joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change wind solar renewable-energy alternative-energy

Putting a finger on the switch of chronic parasite infection

Researchers find master regulator needed for Toxoplasma gondii parasite to chronically infect host; promising step toward infection treatment, prevention.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute | Jan. 21, 2020 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute biology chemistry disease genetics crispr medicine research parasites school-of-science

With these neurons, extinguishing fear is its own reward

The same neurons responsible for encoding reward also form new memories to suppress fearful ones.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute | Jan. 21, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: picower-institute biology brain-and-cognitive-sciences memory anxiety neuroscience research school-of-science mental-health learning

Study uses physics to explain democratic elections

U.S. elections have become more “unstable,” sometimes swinging in the opposite direction from the greater electorate’s preferences.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Jan. 21, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: physics political-science voting-and-elections research politics government social-sciences school-of-science

“She” goes missing from presidential language

Even when people believed Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 election, they did not use “she” to refer to the next president.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Jan. 8, 2020 | mit
~10 mins   

Tags: research brain-and-cognitive-sciences linguistics school-of-science women behavior language politics national-institutes-of-health-nih

Top MIT research stories of 2019

Most popular stories of the year include science breakthroughs, engineering feats, and confirmation of 16th century architectural genius.

MIT News Office | Jan. 3, 2020 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: research school-of-engineering school-of-science school-of-architecture-and-planning sloan-school-of-management school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

How strong is your knot?

With help from spaghetti and color-changing fibers, a new mathematical model predicts a knot’s stability.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 2, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: computer-modeling mathematics mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf

Scientists pin down timing of lunar dynamo’s demise

Findings suggest the moon’s magnetic field was produced by the fallout of a crystallizing iron core.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 1, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: moon eaps planetary-science research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science nasa earth-and-atmospheric-sciences geology

How long will a volcanic island live?

Plate tectonics and mantle plumes set the lifespan of volcanic islands like Hawaii and the Galapagos.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 1, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment geology evolution research school-of-science nasa

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