A biomedical engineer pivots from human movement to women’s health

Postdoc Shaniel Bowen studies women's sexual anatomy and health while also working to interest young women in STEM careers.

Michaela Jarvis | School of Engineering • mit
April 12, 2024 ~7 min

Fossilized dinosaur eggshells can preserve amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, over millions of years

Calcite, the material making up fossilized eggshells, may preserve amino acids better than bone.

Evan Thomas Saitta, Postdoctoral Scholar in Paleontology, University of Chicago • conversation
April 9, 2024 ~9 min

When an antibiotic fails: MIT scientists are using AI to target “sleeper” bacteria

Most antibiotics target metabolically active bacteria, but with artificial intelligence, researchers can efficiently screen compounds that are lethal to dormant microbes.

Alex Ouyang | Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health • mit
April 8, 2024 ~4 min

MIT engineers design flexible “skeletons” for soft, muscle-powered robots

New modular, spring-like devices maximize the work of live muscle fibers so they can be harnessed to power biohybrid bots.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
April 8, 2024 ~8 min

If life exists on Jupiter’s moon Europa, scientists might soon be able to detect it

An instrument on the Europa Clipper mission might be able to detect biological cells from space.

Lucinda King, Space Projects Manager & Mission Design Lead, University of Portsmouth • conversation
April 5, 2024 ~7 min

Reevaluating an approach to functional brain imaging

An MRI method purported to detect neurons’ rapid impulses produces its own misleading signals instead, an MIT study finds.

Jennifer Michalowski | McGovern Institute for Brain Research • mit
April 4, 2024 ~6 min

What is metabolism? A biochemist explains how different people convert energy differently − and why that matters for your health

An elite athlete’s metabolism mostly looks different from a patient with COVID-19 − but their occasional similarities can reveal important insights into health and disease.

Travis Nemkov, Assistant Research Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus • conversation
April 4, 2024 ~9 min

A new computational technique could make it easier to engineer useful proteins

MIT researchers plan to search for proteins that could be used to measure electrical activity in the brain.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
April 3, 2024 ~8 min

As climate change and pollution imperil coral reefs, scientists are deep-freezing corals to repopulate future oceans

Just as the world’s zoos breed critically endangered animals in captivity to repopulate the wild, scientists are building a global effort to freeze corals for reef restoration.

Mary Hagedorn, Research Scientist, Smithsonian Institution • conversation
March 28, 2024 ~11 min

A protein found in human sweat may protect against Lyme disease

Researchers also found that a variant of the protein is not as protective against the bacteria and increases susceptibility to the disease.

Anne Trafton | MIT News • mit
March 19, 2024 ~8 min