December 4, 2019
MIT researchers have developed a new star-shaped device that unfolds in the stomach and gradually releases a drug, reports Lauran Neergard for the Associated Press. “We developed this capsule system that looks like a starfish, that can stay in the stomach several days, weeks, even a month at a time,” says Prof. Giovanni Traverso.
Prof. Sherry Turkle speaks with NBC News about how the Covid-19 pandemic has inspired people around the world to use the Internet in new and creative ways to connect. "Every group I'm in is trying to reinvent itself in an online form," says Turkle. "You see people trying to find something of themselves that they can use as the medium to express themselves."
A new paper co-authored by Prof. Emil Verner finds that public health measures like social distancing aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 may be better for economic growth than laxer measures, reports Max Reyes for Bloomberg. The researchers found that “cities that implemented more rapid and forceful non-pharmaceutical health interventions do not experience worse downturns.”
MIT researchers have launched a mobile phone app aimed at tracking the spread of Covid-19, reports Douglas Belkin and Kirsten Grind for The Wall Street Journal. “Stopping epidemics is a game of numbers. It’s not about getting everybody or nobody (quarantined),” explains Prof. Ramesh Raskar. “The models show that even at 10% there will be gains.”
New York Times reporter Joseph Giovanni memorializes the life and work of MIT alumnus Michael Sorkin. Sorkin was “one of architecture’s most outspoken public intellectuals, a polymath whose prodigious output of essays, lectures and designs, all promoting social justice, established him as the political conscience in the field.”
Profs. Simon Johnson and Retsef Levi write for The Boston Globe about how they are developing risk analytics tools to help government officials determine the Covid-19 risk for specific communities. “There’s more we can and should do to focus on high-risk patients and high-risk clusters,” they write. “It’s essential we pursue these strategies immediately to avoid choosing between collapsing our economy or our health care system.”