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

J-PAL North America seeks partners to research homelessness

Housing Stability Evaluation Incubator will provide funding and technical assistance to help partners build evidence on strategies to reduce and prevent homelessness.

J-PAL North America | Jan. 13, 2020 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: abdul-latif-jameel-poverty-action-lab-j-pal economics poverty research school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences housing

In health care, does “hotspotting” make patients better?

Study shows no effect from program intended to reduce repeated hospitalizations by targeting high-cost patients.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Jan. 8, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: health-care research economics aging medicine health abdul-latif-jameel-poverty-action-lab-j-pal national-institutes-of-health-nih sloan-school-of-management school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

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

A closer look at the diabetes disaster

In a new book, Amy Moran-Thomas examines how diabetes is reaching epidemic levels in countries across the world.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Dec. 17, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences anthropology latin-america health medicine health-science-and-technology books-and-authors research developing-countries

New health insurance insights

MIT economists analyze how patients and health care providers value Medicaid.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Dec. 15, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences economics health medicine national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf health-care research

Investigating the power of group think

Political science doctoral student Clara Vandeweerdt studies how identity shapes beliefs on complex political topics such as climate change.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Political Science | Nov. 7, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: political-science media-lab research behavior media students graduate postdoctoral social-sciences school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences school-of-architecture-and-planning politics science-communications

System provides cooling with no electricity

Passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.

David Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 30, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering misti renewable-energy sustainability department-of-energy-doe school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

J-PAL North America announces five new partnerships with state and local governments

New partners will work with J-PAL to develop rigorous evaluations of policies related to criminal justice, health, housing stability, and economic security.

J-PAL North America | Oct. 28, 2019 | mit
~11 mins   

Tags: abdul-latif-jameel-poverty-action-lab-j-pal economics school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences policy poverty government funding research

Collision course: a geological mystery in the Himalayas

MIT geologists use paleomagnetism to determine the chain of events that resulted in the Himalayan mountains, with the support of MISTI-India.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Oct. 28, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: eaps misti environment geology planetary-science plate-tectonics climate research students school-of-science school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

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