Satellites used to track methane leaks in climate fight
Gas giants: Can we stop cows from emitting so much methane?
A yellow streak representing high concentrations of methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas, is visible over southern Iraq on a map produced by Kayrros, a French firm that uses satellites to track leaks from fossil fuel facilities.
Sinkholes on receding Dead Sea shore mark 'nature's revenge'
That cow may look peaceful and harmless, munching on some grass in a verdant pasture.
Greenpeace urges Europe to drop short flights, take trains
In the heyday of the Ein Gedi spa in the 1960s, holidaymakers could marinate in heated pools and then slip into the briny Dead Sea. Now the same beach is punctured by craters.
Finnish scientists create 'sustainable' lab-grown coffee
A study commissioned by the environmental group Greenpeace shows that over one-third of the busiest short-haul flights in Europe have viable train alternatives which are far less polluting.
Orkney's seaweed-eating sheep offer hopes of greener farming
Latte drinkers may in the future be sipping on java sourced from a petri dish rather than a plantation, say scientists behind a new technique to grow what they hope to be sustainable coffee in a lab.
Kiwi boffins aim to clear the air on livestock emissions
On a tiny island in Scotland's far-flung Orkneys, thousands of sheep spend the winter munching on seaweed, a unique diet that scientists say offers hope for reducing planet-warming methane emissions.
Science Museum: Climate activists in overnight protest over fossil fuel sponsors
Tucked away in rural New Zealand, a multi-million dollar research facility is working to slash the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere by farm animals—saving the world one belch at a time.
'Save your species': UN uses dinosaur in fossil fuel message
The activists say they stayed at London's Science Museum for the "victims" of fossil fuel sponsors.
When the mystical goes mainstream: how tarot became a self-care phenomenon
The United Nations is summoning an unusual "witness" to testify to the dangers of burning fossil fuels that stoke global warming: a dinosaur.
Study confirms mistaken identity may explain why sharks bite humans
Tarot used to be seen as the domain of the credulous. It’s now seen as a means of coping with the present, thanks to psychology-minded practitioners like Jessica DoreWhen Jessica Dore was growing up, her mother had a tarot deck from which she’d pull cards – much to the mounting mortification of her daughter. As a child, Dore went along with it as fortune-telling fun. But “as an adolescent,...
TV tonight: Prof Brian Cox’s thrilling exploration of the cosmos
World-first research testing a simulated 'shark vision' model on swimming patterns of humans, seals and sea-lions, confirms theories that when great white sharks bite humans, it may be a case of mistaken identity.
Affordable housing that raises the bar
If William Shatner’s foray into space got you interested, let Coxy fill in the gaps. Plus: DI Perez continues the case in Shetland. Here’s what to watch this evening Continue reading...
Amit Sinha and Deepali Perti Sinha
Daryl J. Carter, MArch ’81, SM ’81 grew up in the predominantly Black neighborhood of Core City on Detroit’s west side during the ’60s and ’70s, when redlining practices that reinforced segregated housing were still commonplace. The Federal Housing Authority and private banks denied low-interest loans to buyers in such neighborhoods, solidifying economic hardship for generations. Some...
Digital body language for the post-pandemic era
“Because of my time at MIT, I had the training and opportunity to work with some of the smartest people throughout my career,” says Amit Sinha, chief technical officer and president of research and development, operations, and customer service at Zscaler, a cloud-based information security company. “Plus, my friends and colleagues think I’m smarter than I actually am!” Joking aside, he...
For this MIT couple, cancer research is the family business
The awkward pause on a Zoom call. The brusque, ambiguous email. The context-free meeting invite. When online interactions are so easily misconstrued, effective communication is essential. As the author of the new book Digital Body Language, Erica Dhawan, MBA ’12, trains corporate leaders to connect fluently in this new era of remote work, with clients ranging from the US Army to Pepsi to...
Looking to space to cure osteoarthritis
Organic chemistry classes can create all sorts of memories, but few as lasting and meaningful as those of Alfred Singer ’68 and Dinah (Schiffer) Singer ’69. Since meeting while taking 5.41 in 1965—and graduating from MIT with degrees in biology (Dinah) and philosophy with a minor in biology (Al)—they have built an enduring marriage and influential careers at the National Cancer Institute...
Productive dialogue across lines of power
In 1976, Alan Grodzinsky ’71, ScD ’74, was feeling a little frustrated.
He had spent two years teaching a basic course on semiconductor physics and circuits in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, learning the material in the fast-moving field as he went along. That didn’t leave him any time for research. Then a golden opportunity arose.
While working toward his PhD in sociotechnical studies at Stanford University in the 1980s, William Rifkin ’78 examined how a water quality control board in California handled disputes over pollution cleanup costs. The board was entirely Republican, while its technical staff seemed to be primarily Democratic—yet 99% of the time, the sides reached mutually agreeable resolutions. How? Rifkin...
The new art in town
The corridors of WMBR are quiet—empty of the DJs who should be combing the shelves in search of the perfect song, the engineers ensuring that the equipment is broadcasting to the whole Boston area. MIT’s campus radio station closed its doors in the basement of Walker Memorial in March 2020, when the Institute sent staff and students home at the start of the covid-19 pandemic. Though the campus...
The power of simple innovations
Students returning to campus this fall found a new bit of public art in Kendall Square: two multicolored brick structures just outside the Marriott Cambridge by the Baltimore artists known as Jessie and Katey.
Yup’ik fishing ancestry inspires Alaskan engineer and author
A labyrinth of rooms stretches across the third floor of N51, the weathered gray building that has long housed the MIT Museum. The rooms look more like a handyperson’s workshop than a scientist’s lab. There’s woodworking equipment, metalworking equipment, hammers, wrenches, and dozens of boxes just for storing bike parts. Cookstoves line a windowsill. Pots that cool food through evaporation...
Fossil dental exams reveal how tusks first evolved
For Mia Heavener ’00, much of life revolves around water. As a senior civil engineer for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), she designs water systems for communities in her home state. And in her time off, she often works with her family’s commercial fishing business, which started with her great-grandmother. Nearly every summer she takes part in a three-week expedition to...
Searching for Earth 2.0? Zoom in on a star
A wide variety of animals have tusks, from elephants and walruses to five-pound, guinea pig-looking critters called hyraxes. But one thing tusked animals have in common is that they're all mammals—there are no known fish, reptiles, or birds with tusks. In a new study in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, paleontologists traced the first tusks back to ancient mammal relatives that lived before...
How do plants act fast to fight off infections?
Astronomers searching for Earth-like planets in other solar systems have made a breakthrough by taking a closer look at the surface of stars.
A new 3D printing frontier: Self-powered wearable devices
New work led by Carnegie's Kangmei Zhao and Sue Rhee reveals a new mechanism by which plants are able to rapidly activate defenses against bacterial infections. This understanding could inspire efforts to improve crop yields and combat global hunger.
When most people think of wearable devices, they think of smart watches, smart glasses, fitness trackers, even smart clothing. These devices, part of a fast-growing market, have two things in common: They all need an external power source, and they all require exacting manufacturing processes. Until now.
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This device could usher in GPS-free navigation
Don't let the titanium metal walls or the sapphire windows fool you. It's what's on the inside of this small, curious device that could someday kick off a new era of navigation.