What if the dinosaurs hadn't gone extinct? Why our world might look very different

It’s hard to imagine the world without Homo sapiens. But it’s unlikely we would be here if it wasn’t for a chance asteroid collision.

Nicholas R. Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Paleontology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Bath • conversation
Nov. 24, 2022 ~9 min

Machinery of the state

Associate Professor Mai Hassan documents bureaucratic systems in Eastern Africa set up for coercion, as well as roadblocks to democratic government.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Nov. 21, 2022 ~9 min


People don't mate randomly – but the flawed assumption that they do is an essential part of many studies linking genes to diseases and traits

People don’t randomly select who they have children with. And that means an underlying assumption in research that tries to link particular genes to certain diseases or traits is wrong.

Noah Zaitlen, Professor of Neurology and Human Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles • conversation
Nov. 21, 2022 ~9 min

Study: Automation drives income inequality

New data suggest most of the growth in the wage gap since 1980 comes from automation displacing less-educated workers.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News • mit
Nov. 21, 2022 ~8 min

Wildfires often lead to dust storms – and they’re getting bigger

Atmospheric dust storms often follow wildfires and have serious impacts on human health and ecology.

Matt Telfer, Associate Professor of Physical Geography, University of Plymouth • conversation
Nov. 18, 2022 ~7 min

Uncovering the rich connections between South Asia and MIT

Showcased in a new exhibit, student research explores the long history of South Asians at the Institute.

Zach Winn | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 18, 2022 ~10 min

COP27: how young climate activists are changing international human rights law

Given how much young people have achieved in the fight against climate crisis it’s crucial their voices are really heard at COP27.

Aoife Daly, Lecturer in Law, University College Cork • conversation
Nov. 10, 2022 ~8 min

Ensuring AI works with the right dose of curiosity

Researchers make headway in solving a longstanding problem of balancing curious “exploration” versus “exploitation” of known pathways in reinforcement learning.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Nov. 10, 2022 ~9 min


New Harvard class on dog behavior

Harvard students discern why dogs do what they do in new class.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
Nov. 8, 2022 ~8 min

Facing reality, however painful it may be

In his new book, “Life Is Hard,” MIT philosopher Kieran Setiya offers guidance for tackling the (many) problems we face.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 4, 2022 ~10 min

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