Newly discovered enzyme “square dance” helps generate DNA building blocks

MIT biochemists can trap and visualize an enzyme as it becomes active — an important development that may aid in future drug development.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology
March 30, 2020 | mit

~5 mins   

Tags: biology school-of-science chemistry disease dna energy health research biochemistry

Energy-harvesting design aims to turn Wi-Fi signals into usable power

Device for harnessing terahertz radiation might enable self-powering implants, cellphones, other portable electronics.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
March 27, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

Tags: research school-of-science physics wireless graphene materials-research-laboratory nanoscience-and-nanotechnology

An experimental peptide could block Covid-19

MIT chemists are testing a protein fragment that may inhibit coronaviruses’ ability to enter human lung cells.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
March 27, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

Tags: research covid-19 disease medicine chemistry pandemic school-of-science viruses drug-development

Five MIT payloads deployed on the International Space Station

A cohort of transdisciplinary researchers will study the effects of sustained microgravity.

Janine Liberty | MIT Media Lab
March 25, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

Tags: media-lab international-space-station eaps school-of-architecture-and-planning research school-of-science space space astronomy-and-planetary-science industry arts

A stopgap measure to treat respiratory distress

Repurposing a drug used for blood clots may help Covid-19 patients in danger of respiratory failure, researchers suggest.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
March 24, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

Tags: research medicine koch-institute biology biological-engineering school-of-science school-of-engineering covid-19 pandemic disease viruses

Thank you for your patients

An unusual synergy between cancer researchers, clinical centers, and industry leads to promising clinical trials for a new combination therapy for prostate cancer.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute
March 23, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

Tags: koch-institute school-of-engineering school-of-science biology biological-engineering research medicine cancer

The growth of an organism rides on a pattern of waves

Study shows ripples across a newly fertilized egg are similar to other systems, from ocean and atmospheric circulations to quantum fluids.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
March 23, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

Tags: biology cells evolution mathematics physics research school-of-science

Staring into the vortex

MIT researchers describe factors governing how oceans and atmospheres move heat around on Earth and other planetary bodies.

March 19, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

Tags: eaps school-of-science climate climate-change environment water sustainability research ocean-science oceanography-and-ocean-engineering fluid-dynamics weather earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Fusion researchers endorse push for pilot power plant in US

Fusion energy community makes unified statement on priorities in report for Department of Energy Policy Advisory Group.

Peter Dunn | Plasma Science and Fusion Center
March 18, 2020 | mit

~9 mins   

Tags: plasma-science-and-fusion-center materials-science-and-engineering research fusion alternative-energy renewable-energy energy industry physics department-of-energy-doe policy nuclear-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering school-of-science

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