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An extinction in the blink of an eye

MIT researchers find that the end-Permian extinction happened in 60,000 years — much faster than earlier estimates. The largest mass extinction in the history of...

MIT robot may accelerate trials for stroke medications

Robot protocol able to cut time and cost of Phase III drug trials by 70 percent. The development of drugs to treat acute stroke or...

Cochlear implants — with no exterior hardware

A cochlear implant that can be wirelessly recharged would use the natural microphone of the middle ear rather than a skull-mounted sensor. Cochlear implants —...

Solving a physics mystery: Those ‘solitons’ are really vortex rings

The same physics that gives tornadoes their ferocious stability lies at the heart of new University of Washington research, and could lead to a...

Expanding our view of vision

New brain-scanning technique allows scientists to see when and where the brain processes visual information. Every time you open your eyes, visual information flows into...

When the job search becomes a blame game

MIT professor’s book explores how white-collar job hunters in the U.S. blame themselves unnecessarily — and suffer as a result — when they cannot...

How the ‘Matthew Effect’ helps some scientific papers gain popularity

Fine-grained research shows boost for leading-edge and low-profile work in the life sciences happens after authors are honored. Do scientific papers written by well-known scholars...

New method to control nanoscale diamond sensors

Technique allows tiny sensors to monitor small changes in magnetic fields, such as when neurons transmit electrical signals. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend,...

Weighing particles at the attogram scale

MIT engineers have devised a way to measure the mass of particles with a resolution better than an attogram — one millionth of a...

Scientists discover food pods produced by ocean microbes

Marine cyanobacteria — tiny ocean plants that produce oxygen and make organic carbon using sunlight and CO2 — are primary engines of Earth’s biogeochemical...

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