Using recent gene flow to define microbe populations

New method identifies ecologically and medically relevant bacteria groups.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent | Aug. 8, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research civil-and-environmental-engineering school-of-science school-of-engineering microbes bacteria evolution national-science-foundation-nsf

Hydration sensor could improve dialysis

Noninvasive device could benefit patients with kidney disease, congestive heart failure, or dehydration.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | July 24, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research koch-institute medicine diagnostics diabetes materials-science-and-engineering dmse school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf national-institutes-of-health-nih health-science-and-technology

Uncovering the riches of traditional global medicine

Researchers solve how the kava plant produces its pain-relieving and anti-anxiety molecules, demonstrate an extensible method to scale and optimize production.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute | July 23, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute biology school-of-science evolution genetics mental-health national-science-foundation-nsf research health plants


Breaching a “carbon threshold” could lead to mass extinction

Carbon dioxide emissions may trigger a reflex in the carbon cycle, with devastating consequences, study finds.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | July 8, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: carbon climate climate-change eaps earth-and-atmospheric-science emissions environment geology global-warming greenhouse-gases mathematics research school-of-science nasa national-science-foundation-nsf



A droplet walks into an electric field …

Researchers have found a simple formula that could be useful for air purification, space propulsion, and molecular analyses.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | June 17, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: fluid-dynamics mathematics mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering school-of-science water physics national-science-foundation-nsf

An escape route for carbon

Study shows minerals sequester carbon for thousands of years, which may explain oxygen’s abundance in the atmosphere.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | June 12, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: carbon eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment geology research school-of-science nasa national-science-foundation-nsf climate-change

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