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Scientists deliver high-resolution glimpse of enzyme structure

New finding suggests differences in how humans and bacteria control production of DNA’s building blocks.

A lifelong search for new catalysts

Richard Schrock, trailblazer in organometallic chemistry, delivers annual Killian Lecture.

Putting the brain at the center of anesthesiology

Emery N. Brown explains how statistics and neuroscience improve anesthesiology at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting.

Researchers advance CRISPR-based tool for diagnosing disease

With SHERLOCK, a strip of paper can now indicate presence of pathogens, tumor DNA, or any genetic signature of interest.

Physicists create new form of light

Newly observed optical state could enable quantum computing with photons.

Study: Fragile X syndrome neurons can be restored

Whitehead Institute researchers are using a modified CRISPR/Cas9-guided activation strategy to investigate the most frequent cause of intellectual disability in males.

Eight MIT researchers win 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships

Faculty from six MIT departments among 126 selected from across the U.S. and Canada.

Chaos and climate: Celebrating two pioneers of modern meteorology

Trailblazing scientists Jule Charney and Edward Lorenz gave us numerical weather prediction and chaos theory, highlighting the value of basic research.

Back-and-forth exchanges boost children’s brain response to language

Study finds engaging young children in conversation is more important for brain development than “dumping words” on them.

MIT neuroscientists give "invisible" cells a new look

With a new grant, a Picower Institute team is studying the role of astrocytes, which may partner with neurons to process information in the brain.

Cornel West advocates the “examined life” on campus

In MIT talk, prominent philosopher urges self-reflection to keep academic institutions vital and fair.

Distinctive brain pattern helps habits form

Study identifies neurons that fire at the beginning and end of a behavior as it becomes a habit.

Study reveals molecular mechanisms of memory formation

Neuroscientists discover a cellular pathway that encodes memories by strengthening specific synapses.

EAPS welcomes Heising-Simons fellow Ian Wong

The 51 Pegasi b Postdoctoral Fellowship provides junior scientists the opportunity to conduct theoretical, observational, and experimental research in planetary astronomy.

Giving everyone a window into the human body

Startup’s low-cost, portable scanner generates clinical-quality ultrasounds on a smartphone.

After receiving Killian Award, Richard Schrock reflects on a life in chemistry

The award, he says, is an honor equal to his Nobel Prize, which he received in 2005.

Decoding human cognition

MIT senior and Marshall Scholar Liang Zhou wants to elucidate the neural basis for our thoughts and intuitions.

J-WEL grant award announcement and call for proposals in education innovation

Funding is available to MIT faculty to support educational innovations in pre-K-12, Higher Education, and Workplace Learning.

Fine-tuning cancer medicine

New cancer research initiative eyes individualized treatment for patients.

Polina Anikeeva and Feng Zhang awarded 2018 Vilcek Prize

Prize recognizes contributions to biomedical research made by immigrant scientists.