For better experience, JavaScript is recommended for this website. Enable JavaScript in your browser
Menu

In The News

Newsroom

In The News

2014: Rat and infant massage

The Golden Goose Award September 4, 2014
Share

A young scientist takes a small brush, the kind you would use to clean a camera lens, and rubs it briskly down the back of an infant rat – a rat pup. No, he’s not giving rat pups a massage to relieve boredom. He’s actually doing research, funded by the ...

Nature’s tiny engineers

By David L. Chandler MIT News Office September 1, 2014
Share

Conventional wisdom has long held that corals — whose calcium-carbonate skeletons form the foundation of coral reefs — are passive organisms that rely entirely on ocean currents to deliver dissolved substances, such as nutrients and oxygen. But now scientists at MIT and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in Israel ...

Early warning for South Napa earthquake

By Lindsey Hoshaw KQED August 24, 2014
Share

Ten seconds before the South Napa Earthquake struck, UC Berkeley’s ShakeAlert detected the quake.

Read the full article here.  

 

 

UT research uncovers subglacial life beneath Antarctic ice sheet

By Whitney Heins Tennessee Today August 20, 2014
Share

UT research finds life can persist in a cold, dark world. A UT microbiology assistant professor was part of a team that examined waters and sediments from a shallow lake deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet and found the extreme environment supports microbial ecosystems.

The National Science Foundation-funded research by ...

Tests that look like video games

By Anya Kemenetz NPR Ed August 7, 2014
Share

Imagine you're playing a computer game that asks you to design a poster for the school fair. You're fiddling with fonts, changing background colors and deciding what activity to feature: Will a basketball toss appeal to more people than a pie bake-off?

Read the full blog that highlights Dan Schwartz’s ...

Using big data to target preventable readmissions

By Joseph Conn Modern Healthcare August 2, 2014
Share

Since fall 2012, more than 14,000 patients admitted to one Texas hospital have had a computer program analyze their medical records to help clinicians predict what type of care would improve their outcomes.

The software used at 213-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford scans each patient's electronic health record  ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

2 prize-winning journalists will report on Amazon, 2 new prizes announced

Mongabay.org August 1, 2014
Share

The current economic, political, and environmental landscape of the Amazon is complicated at best. Protected areas have swelled in recent decades, indigenous rights have been improved in some places, while investments by both foreign and domestic financiers in large-scale energy and infrastructure development have raised questions about their environmental and ...

Next-generation Thirty Meter Telescope begins construction in Hawaii

Thirty Meter Telescope July 28, 2014
Share

Following the approval of a sublease on July 25 by the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) announces the beginning of the construction phase on Hawaii Island and around the world throughout the TMT international partnership. Contingent on that decision, the TMT International Observatory ...

NFWF announces $1.23 million in grants to support sustainable fisheries in the U.S.

Share
Washington D.C. — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the fourth round of grant awards from its Fisheries Innovation Fund, a program launched in 2010 to support sustainable fisheries in the United States. The goal of the Fisheries Innovation Fund is to sustain fishermen while at the ...
Andes-Amazon Initiative

Brazil could meet all its food demand by 2040 without cutting down another tree

mongabay.com July 24, 2014
Share
Better utilization of its vast areas of pasturelands could enable Brazil to dramatically boost agricultural production without the need to clear another hectare of Amazon rainforest, cerrado, or Atlantic forest, argues a new study published in the journal Global Environmental Change

Modeling agricultural yield potential, Brazilian researchers from the ...

Press Kit