December 4, 2019
MIT researchers have created a new long-lasting capsule that has been designed to survive in the human stomach for 30 days and could be used to deliver monthly doses of oral contraceptive drugs, reports Alice Park for TIME. “We see an enormous number of potential applications,” says Prof. Robert Langer.
New York Times reporter Jessica Bennett writes that a study by MIT researchers finds during the run-up to the 2016 election, Americans were reluctant to use the word “she” to describe a hypothetical president. “People had difficulties reading ‘she’ even if the text had previously used ‘she,’ showing how persistent and deeply ingrained this bias is,” explains Prof. Roger Levy.
Researchers from MIT and several other universities have developed an app, dubbed Carbin, that measures overall road quality and could be used to help reduce fuel emissions caused by poor roads, reports Mark Gardiner for The New York Times. The app could eventually “offer eco-routing for your particular car,” Prof. Franz-Josef Ulm explains.
Dr. Mallika Marshall reports for CBS Boston that a new light-sensitive hydrogel developed by MIT researchers could make some gastrointestinal treatments more convenient and safer for patients. The technique could potentially “be used with a whole host of devices, including ones that might deliver medications,” Marshall explains.
Prof. Asu Ozdaglar, head of EECS, speaks with John Thornhill of the Financial Times about the Schwarzman College of Computing and the complex challenges posed by new technologies. “The excitement around how these technologies can transform society is very real,” says Ozdaglar. “But we should also be aware of their possible negative consequences.”
Prof. Kate Brown speaks with Rachel Toor of The Chronicle of Higher Education about writing, delving into why she writes in the first person and her interest in “genre-busting” history. “Thinking about writing in the first person has inspired me to get up from my desk and out of the archive to explore the landscapes and communities that are the settings of my histories,” Brown explains.
WGBH’s Jared Bowen spotlights the MIT Museum’s exhibit exploring the history of Polaroid photography in a special segment for the PBS NewsHour. “It was a very small thing you could hold in the hand, but you had to participate in the making of the picture,” says William Ewing, one of the exhibit’s curators.