Scientists find link between sleep and learning new tasks

Researchers look at “replay” during sleep, which is theorized to be a strategy the brain uses to remember new information.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
June 22, 2022 ~7 min

Celibacy: its surprising evolutionary advantages – new research

Reproduction is at the very heart of evolution. So why has celibacy persisted for so long?

Alberto Micheletti, Research Fellow, UCL • conversation
June 22, 2022 ~7 min

Bonobos’ tolerant, peaceful group relationships paved way for human peacemaking

According to a new study, bonobo group dynamics show they are a model for the evolution of human peacemaking.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
June 20, 2022 ~7 min

Socially isolated people have differently wired brains and poorer cognition – new research

Socially isolated people have poorer cognition, including in memory and reaction time.

Jianfeng Feng, Professor of Science and Technology for Brain-Inspired Intelligence, Fudan University • conversation
June 16, 2022 ~8 min

Facial recognition technology: how it's being used in Ukraine and why it's still so controversial

Lawmakers around the world are making decisions about whether facial recognition technology is acceptable.

Felipe Romero Moreno, Senior Lecturer and Research Tutor, School of Law, University of Hertfordshire • conversation
June 14, 2022 ~8 min

'Jurassic World' scientists still haven't learned that just because you can doesn't mean you should – real-world genetic engineers can learn from the cautionary tale

As genetic engineering and DNA manipulation tools like CRISPR continue to advance, the distinction between what science ‘could’ and ‘should’ do becomes murkier.

Andrew Maynard, Professor of Responsible Innovation, Arizona State University • conversation
June 9, 2022 ~11 min

American Astronomical Society honors seven MIT affiliates with 2022 awards, prizes

Two MIT professors and five alumni recognized for outstanding contributions to astronomy research, education, and communication.

Sandi Miller | Department of Physics • mit
June 8, 2022 ~8 min

Study: Trade can worsen income inequality

Using Ecuador as case study, economists show international trade widens the income gap in individual countries.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
June 7, 2022 ~9 min

Making room for wildlife: 4 essential reads

The recent goring of a tourist who approached within 10 feet of a bison in Yellowstone National Park is a reminder that wild animals can be dangerous and people should keep safe distances.

Jennifer Weeks, Senior Environment + Energy Editor, The Conversation • conversation
June 6, 2022 ~8 min

When politics is local in the Middle East

Study suggests sectarian identity in the region is tied to domestic matters, not a larger, transnational religious split.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
June 2, 2022 ~9 min